Youth for eco-friendly development !
Team for Nature and Wildlife (TNW) is a youth led not for profit making nongovernmental social and environmental organization founded for the eco-friendly development of communities based on the UN-Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs) and targets.
One of the Millennium Developmental Goals is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. One of the targets under this goal is to achieve Decent Employment for Women, Men, and Young People. The organization has been working carrying out projects to address the urban youth poverty/unemployment. In this regard, the organization, in2009, launched and carried out the project titled “Youth Empowerment for Green job/city” for empowering unemployed young people (living in urban areas as urban poor or slum youth) for green job/entrepreneurship. This is a UN-Habitat awarded project.
This project also focus to help the UN achieve Target D of goal no. 7 i.e. ensure environmental sustainability. The target is, by 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers. In this regard, the organization has launched “Urban Youth Service Centre” Initiative to help the urban poor youth especially slum youth for their socio-economic security. The organization has spoken in International UN Conferences for the security of urban poor youth especially slum youth.
Later the project” Youth empowerment for green job” was replicated in rural areas too with the grant assistance of the Ministry of youth and sports-Government of Nepal.
Another Millennium Developmental Goal is to achieve universal primary education. The targets under this goal is to children’s’ enrollment in and completion of primary education. The organization launched “Quality Primary Education.” Under the campaign, the organization builds ‘Earthquake resistant (Ear)-Green school” building for the socially and economically disadvantaged children.
Likewise, one of the Millennium Developmental Goals is to ensure environmental sustainability. One of the targets under this goal is to reduce biodiversity loss or species extinction. In this regard, the organization launched campaign “Mission Wildlife,””Environmental Awareness through Theatre (EAT)-Green Theatre” , “Eco-VDC” Initiative and “Environment Conservation related Campaigns.” The campaign for the conservation of biodiversity has been highly acknowledged by the UNESCO as well.
In summary, the organization works on 3 Es- Education, Economy and Environment involving children, youth and women as the main beneficiaries.
The development of socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable community
Working areas, objective and methodology:
• Environment-to make an environmentally sustainable community with conservation of natural resources
• Education-to help the children to have quality primary school education with the development/construction of Earthquake resistant (Ear)-Green school
• Economy-to make an economically sustainable citizen/community through natural resources
TNW has worked in partnership with and with the assistance of following national and international institutions:
UN-HABITAT, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),UNESCO, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), VSBK (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Our Sansar-UK, Friends of Nepal(FoN)-US, United States Embassy, Society for Conservation Biology Social Science Working Group (USA), University of Sussex (UK), University of College London (UCL)- Engineers Without Borders(EWB), UK, Global Land Tool Network(GTLN)-UNHABITAT
Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Central Vegetable Directorate(Ministry of Agriculture), Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation(DNPWC), National Trust for Nature Conservation, Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA), Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists(NeFEJ), Arohan Theatre (Gurukul), Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Youth Business Foundation/FNCCI and The Himalayan Theatre, Green Institute, Prangarik Pathshala, Nepal Bar Association, Environment Conservation and Legal Development Forum- Nepal, Parliamentary Committee of Natural Resources and Means