Workshop on “Towards Greening Rural Development Programmes in India: Lessons from International & National Experience"

14 May 2012

filephoto: Tom Pietrasik/UNDP India

UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and the Planning Commission is organizing a workshop on ‘Towards Greening Rural Development Programmes in India: Lessons from International & National Experience” to discuss different experiences, both global and national, and lessons learnt on integrating environmental considerations in rural development programmes.

The overall main objectives of the workshop are -

  1. Establish a clearer understanding of the concept of “greening” from a rural development perspective.

  2. Discuss learnings from initiatives within India and from other countries which have successfully integrated or are attempting to integrate environment protection in rural development programmes. 

  3. Discuss the rural development programmes in India, including MNREGA, NRLM and Drinking water and sanitation programmes, from an environmental perspective in order to: 
    • Assess the direct or indirect environment implications, both positive and negative, of the programmes, and the potential of the programmes for addressing environmental issues leading to environmental benefits and building resilience of communities 
    • Identify and document case studies or models within India wherein rural development initiatives and programmes have led to significant environmental benefits.
  4. Discuss strategies for integrating “green” considerations and objectives in the current rural development programmes as well as ideas for new programmes integrating environmental issues in rural development in India and globally.