TANK REHABILITATION PROJECT PONDICHERRY (TRPP): 2000-05
Possession of rich experience of providing consultancy for a period of 5 ½ years for implementing a project, namely, the Tank Rehabilitation Project Pondicherry (TRPP) executed by the Public Works Department, Pondicherry with the financial assistance of the European Commission. Ekoventure was carrying out the activities to initiate the process of Social mobilization, community organization and people’s participation for executing tank rehabilitation through formation of Tank Associations in 16 irrigation tanks.
GREEN COAST PROJECT: 2006-2008
Ekoventure possesses the experience of implementing the Green Coast project sponsored by the Wetlands International of The Netherlands for improving and sustaining the livelihood of communities belonging to tsunami affected coastal villages of Pondicherry region and Cuddalore and Villupuram districts of Tamilnadu. Under this project Ekoventure had been popularizing crop development activities such as cultivation of paddy adopting the method of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) by improving the water use efficiency by adopting alternate wetting and drying without resorting to the conventional method of flood irrigation besides obtaining 15% to 40% higher yield at low unit cost of production. Ekoventure had also popularized cultivation of less water consuming and high income generating alternate crops like vegetables and flowers for improving the livelihood of small farmers.
GREEN POST TSUNAMI ACTION (Nov'2006-Feb'09)
More or less similar kinds of activities implemented under the Food Security Component of the Green Post-Tsunami Action project funded by the European Commission and taken up by Ekoventure in 32 coastal villages of Villupuram District in partnership with two other NGOs strengthened the experience and competence of Ekoventure in commodity promotion through SRI methodology and alternate cropping involving larger participation of women folk.
Under Water Component of this project, Ekoventure gained the experience of drilling boreholes to tap shallow water bearing aquifers and installing 32 nos. of rope pumps in the project villages for augmenting domestic water supply to households besides providing irrigation water to small vegetable and flower gardens by installing low cost drip irrigation systems. Mobilisation of local communities in general and the women communities in particular rendered the successful implementation of the components through a series of awareness meetings and special trainings as well as periodical conduct of Farmer Field Schools. Also, to ensure safe drinking water, Syphon Water filters were introduced and promoted in these 32 villages.
WOMEN & WATER PROJECT: 2008-09 (ongoing)
Construction of 10 Rope pumps @2 per village in five villages in the Villupuram district, Tamilnadu. Also to provide 250 nos. of Syphon water filters @ 1per household to ensure safe drinking water. Further, establishing model Kitchen gardens in these selective households.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT: (2009-10)
Collect, seggregate, decompose and safely dispose (for kitchen garden), the household solid waste using Effective Microorganism technology in 500 households in 2 villages at Pondicherry.