Assam NGO Aaranyak nominated for UN Lighthouse Activities award

UNFCCC announced United Nations Lighthouse Activities award 2014 in Bonn, Germany. It named 12 shining examples of climate action.

Nov 26, 2014, 12:20 IST

Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)Aaranyak, an Assam-based NGO working for the conservation of nature and a Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on 25 November 2014 won United Nations Lighthouse Activities award for the year 2014.

They won the award under the focus area of information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

They won the award for its community-based flood early warning system that has benefited 40 villages in flood-prone Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts. Since 2010-11, the system has directly or indirectly benefitted more than 20000 people living in the catchment areas of two rivers, Jiadhal in Dhemaji and Singora in Lakhimpur districts.

The award was declared by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. Representatives of Aaranyak and ICIMOD will go to Lima, Peru to receive the award on 11 December 2014.

Apart from community-based flood early warning system, the UNFCCC also announced 11 other shining examples of climate action, and they are:


Initiative name


South Asian Forum for Environment’s Resolve, Trash2Cash initiative

It is an innovative solution to the city’s solid waste problem


Solar Power Company Group

It has unlocked private financing to construct a total of 36 solar photovoltaic farms in sunny, northeast Thailand, accounting for 250 MW of installed capacity by the end of 2014

Belgian-based EcoNation

It developed Lighten the Energy Bill to promote a unique financing mechanism that enables the installation and management of sustainable lighting systems, by absorbing the entire upfront investment and sharing the profits with the end user


It is an ICT-enabled solution that is helping industrial and commercial energy consumers in India and Malaysia monitor, analyze and optimize their use of energy.

Earth Roofs in the Sahel Program: A Roof + A Skill + A Market

the Association la Voûte Nubienne, through this programme addressed the problem of housing with a traditional, very low-carbon building technique known as Nubian Vault.

Kopernik’s Ibu Inspirasi initiative

The initiative is bringing low-carbon technologies to women living in remote rural communities across an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands

EcoMicro of Latin America

A micro finance institution that enables building the capacity of the region’s microfinance institutions so that they have the appropriate tools and know-how to develop and offer green financial products that help clients address climate change.

National Resettlement Plan of Uruguay

It is relocating thousands of families out of flood-prone and polluted areas and into secure housing on secure land to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.

Building Storm-resistant Houses initiative in Da Nang City, Vietnam

It has helped hundreds of lower-income households rebuild and repair their houses.

Bhungroo initiative in Gujarat, India

It is a water management system that injects and stores excess rainfall underground and lifts it out for use in dry spells.


Zurich Flood Resilience Program

It is an innovative initiative that includes Zurich Insurance, Wharton Business School, International Institute of Applied System Analysis, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Practical Action to look at the role of financing pre-event mitigation measures in building resilience to floods in communities that need it the most.



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