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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Bangladesh 2018

Submitted by: Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS)
Eco Village: An adaptation strategy to conserve Mangroves Ecosystem

Bangladesh Environment and Development Society and Korea Green Foundation have taken a grass-roots initiative to build an Eco Village in Banishanta Union of Dacope Upazila under Khulna district in Bangladesh since 2015. The Eco village project is divided into three components: the Green Housing, Green Education, and Green Business. All aim at increasing use of sustainable energy while conserving the mangrove ecosystem.

Initial situation
The Sundarbans coastal region is a disaster prone area and it forms the front line of Global Climate Change; therefore, the coastal people lose their source of drinking water, crops, livestock and farming land due to the negative impact of climate change. Access to clean and safe drinking water is the biggest challenge these communities get to experience each day making them entirely dependent on ponds and rain water for drinking.

Solution
The solution is to build an Eco Village to help protect the single largest mangrove forest in the world. Bangladesh Environment and Development Society have established a stable Eco Village as a model for sustainable development to improve sustainable management and operational capacity for Eco-Villagers. The project is divided into three components that aim to improve the water system and mangroves through the distribution of energy efficient stoves, solar technology and planting mangroves saplings.

Innovation
Eco Village is an ecosystem based adaptation strategy which ensures sustainable management of natural resources and capacity building of the local community through innovative ideas.Through this project, electricity deprived local communities have been electrified while fuel efficient stoves have been distributed to reduce use of wood fuel from mangroves. Local technology has been improved and promoted to solve the drinking water scarcity of the Sundarbans community.

Involved partners
Korea Green Foundation (KGF)

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Source: Wikipedia 2012