In the Climate and Sustainability vertical we take-on projects for energy transition, green recovery, sustainable planning, and green livelihood
Jharkhand State Roadmap for Ecological and Sustainable Energy Transformation (JH-RESET) Project is facilitating large-scale energy transition through policy interventions at the state level and implementation of initiatives at the ground with the support of state and district administration
This project is an effort to make Hamirpur a "Green District". We focus to help the district administration build strategies for the prevalence of non-polluting energy sources, generate jobs that support a green economy and devise sustainable development plans.
As a Technical Advisor to the Government, the focus in the state of Chhattisgarh is to help increase farmers' income, strengthen medium and small-scale enterprises (MSMEs), promote non-polluting sources of energy, generate jobs that support a green economy and build sustainable and inclusive development plans at the district level
Jharkhand is one among the most vulnerable states of India in terms of the effects of climate change, where the prevalence of poverty accentuates the crisis. It is thus crucial to adapt to the present as well as the future impacts of pollution, increased carbon emissions and climate change to build the resilience of the vulnerable communities. The JH- RESET (Jharkhand State – Roadmap for Ecological and Sustainable Energy Transformation) Project led by Swaniti Initiative deals with the various models of a sustainable transition through small and large-scale interventions that have worked or have the potential to work in the mining-affected regions of India. Swaniti is working with government departments in Jharkhand at the State level and with District Administrations of 12 of the most affected mining districts of Jharkhand to facilitate an institutional shift towards a green economy by promoting renewable energy, and sustainability in agriculture and livelihood transformation from the conventional mining sector towards green jobs.
We have used a blend of bottom-up and top-down approaches to target interventions at a micro level and access larger sections of the population. The team onboarded Directorate of Horticulture, Govt. of Jharkhand with an aim to promote sustainability in farming practices and agro-processing through DRE and provide research and technical support for capacity building and awareness generation regarding sustainable solutions for agriculture. Additionally, onboarding of Department of Labour, Employment and Training, Govt. of helped to incorporate the concept of green jobs within the employment exchange in order to promote sustainable employment.
The team is currently working with District Administrations of Bokaro, Chatra, Dhanbad, Koderma, Pakur, Palamu, Ranchi, Sahibganj, West Singhbhum, Ramgarh and Jamtara and Giridih to provide research and implementation support for promoting sustainable development in the districts. The primary intent of these non-financial collaborations has been to provide cleaner energy access and secure the livelihood of the vulnerable population from the adverse impacts of climate change by implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies emphasizing renewable energy.
The economy of Himachal Pradesh witnessed an estimated drop of per capita income by 3.7% and a negative growth rate of 6.2% in 2021 due to covid 19. There was an influx of migrants returning to Himachal, leading to rising demand for jobs as well as goods & services. To address the issue, Swaniti Initiative proposed a model “Green District” in Hamirpur that demonstrates green recovery through job creation and focuses on inclusive economic growth, climate-resilient development, sustainable land use, and poverty eradication program.
i) Agriculture and Allied Activities: The programme supports small farmers and agro-entrepreneurs by helping them to increase the productivity, quality, and market access of selected commodities, thereby improving the adaptive capacity of rural communities to climate change through enhancing climate resilient agriculture in targeted villages of Hamirpur.
ii) Waste Management: Swaniti aims to create a conducive environment of microenterprise creation in the recycling of waste and promoting the waste to wealth concept in the district in addition to creating opportunities to kick-start micro-enterprises in recycling. Collaborations with social enterprises and facilitating capacity building of Self-Help Groups and assisting them in credit access and market tie-ups are some of the essential components of the project.
iii) Ecotourism Development: Swaniti aims to demonstrate villages as prototypes of sustainable development based on environmentally responsible individual and collective action through judicious use of natural resources, reduction of ecological footprint and provision of livelihood opportunities.
The Chhattisgarh Government launched the Green Council under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble CM with an aim to generate sustainable livelihood in the state and give a new direction to regenerative development. Swaniti Initiative is working as the technical advisor of the government on the project. The objective of the project is to increase the inflow of investments into the state, strengthening market linkages and generating livelihood opportunities across the MFP, agriculture, renewable energy, handicraft, handloom, sericulture, and eco-tourism sectors. This is being done by leveraging existing resources, creating new avenues and by branding Chhattisgarh’s indigenous products. The macro goals of the project are
Swaniti team has been working in coordination with several nodal departments like urban planning, rural development, and agriculture to streamline the scheme implementation strategies and ensure last mile delivery. The team members are helping multiple district administrations to implement the strategies and achieve outcomes. They are helping districts in better planning regarding livelihoods generation, infrastructure development, market linkages and energy transition.