ECCDI provides training to the communities in conjunction with almost every development project. Training is usually on awareness raising and capacity building. In order to enhance the (technical) capacity of local communities ECCDI conducted trainings on forest management & nursery practice, agro-forestry, aqua-forestry, agriculture, home gardening, livestock breeding, agriculture extension, fishery and livestock extension. Forestry, agriculture and livestock training preceded every project. The UNDP funded project “Technical training on agriculture, livestock, forestry/environment and micro and small business development for Nargis affected communities in the Delta” had been a special capacity building project implemented in 2010 covering one hundred villages in Labutta, Bogale, Mawlamyinegyun, Ngaputaw and Kyaiklat townships.
ECCDI had been successful in seeking funds to provide electricity to some villages. The electricity was supplied by using solar power, rice-husk gasifier and establishing a connection to the national grid. Three village-electrification projects had been implemented by ECCDI in Mandalay, Yangon and Bago regions.
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany funded the project “Village Electrification by Rice-husk Gasifier” in 2010-2011. The project was implemented in Ywahtaunggon village, Thegon Township, Pay District. The gasifier using rice husk provided electricity to 90 houses in the village. The pictures above show the gasifier (left) and the girls working in the light provided by the gasifier (right).
Improving food security and livelihoods of the communities and contributing to poverty reduction is a major objective of ECCDI. It is also vitally necessary to help safe forest and stabilize the environment. In view of this ECCDI integrates, wherever possible, forest rehabilitation with agriculture, livestock breeding and fishery. ECCDI had implemented three projects in Yangon Region and Shan State to improve food security and the livelihood of the local communities.
The Dry Zone in central Myanmar and tidal zone in the Ayeyarwady Delta are drinkable water-scarce areas. Therefore, ECCDI had implemented three projects to supply drinkable water to some villages in those areas.
ECCDI established new forest plantations, rehabilitated degraded natural forests and created Community Forests (CFs) in order to expand forest cover, and improve the environment. Rehabilitation of mangrove forests was especially needed in the Ayeyarwady Delta after the Cyclone Nargis hit the region on May 2, 2008. ECCDI had implemented four projects to improve mangroves there.