Ladakh Ecological Development Group
Improving the winter livelihood of rural population and setting up sustainable network to disseminate energy efficiency in the cold desert of Western Indian Himalayas.
Leh and Kargil districts
European Union, Fondation Ensemble and others
GERES (France), LNP, LEHO, SECMOL, ECOSPHERE (Spiti)
Shortage of fuel wood and the high price of imported conventional fuels result in a situation of energy vulnerability. Women and children have to devote around two months per summer to fuel wood gathering. Energy vulnerability leads to sub-zero indoor temperatures and consequently unhealthy living conditions in winter. Even if families have plenty of time, few activities are possible during this period due to cold temperature. In this specific context, very few organizations are able to implement development projects. Local NGOs are culturally isolated and lack the capacity to implement projects.
Benefiting from solar energy, the main natural resource of the area, the project proposes to implement energy efficiency activities, combining passive solar architecture and thermal insulation with local materials, to improve access to reliable, sustainable and affordable energy.