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Community Driven Environmentally Sustainable Village Programme (CESVP)

The dream of making India a developed nation can be fulfilled with a multi-pronged strategy aimed at developing all villages to make them self-sufficient and self-reliant. This can be achieved with decentralized models of development empowering local youth and capitalizing through sustainable management of natural resources - land, water, energy and human resource.

India lives in the villages with 60 percent of its population belonging to the rural areas. The targets for India to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be difficult without the sustainable, self-sufficient and empowered villages. At least 12 of the 17 SDGs are directly linked to rural sustainable development and governance, and the rest too can only be accomplished through the holistic development of our villages.
Community Driven Environmentally Sustainable Village Programme (CESVP)

1. To sensitize the village communities and stakeholders about environmentally sustainable development and protection and conservation of biomes, biodiversity and natural resources.

2. To build community driven approach for preservation and conservation of environment.

3. To create awareness about major environmental issues such as pollution, waste management, water management, soil management, biodiversity preservation, etc.

4. To work with the local government bodies and give technical support and enable setting up of community driven projects, such as solar energy, sewage treatment plants, etc.

5. To train the village community in the operation and maintenance of such projects.

6. To significantly upgrade the standard and quality of life of all residing in the villages.

● Assessment of present status of the village through available information on parameters like land use pattern, population, topography, education facilities, agriculture practices, soil type, sewage system, solid and liquid waste management practices, water sources, water balance, cleanliness, sanitation, etc.

● Identification of gaps in the development of villages and develop a comprehensive programme to encourage best practices and improvement of deficient areas.

● The community-focused programme will be carried out by means of different media including films, audio, visual and print, theatre, advertisements, posters, seminars/workshops, competitions, meetings, exhibitions, health melas, etc. for spreading messages concerning environment and generating awareness among villagers.

● Following this, environmentally sustainable activities would be taken up on community driven approach.

1. Biodiversity Conservation

2. Clean and Green Village

3. Waste Management

4. Water Management and Sustainable Livelihoods

5. Control of Pollution

Community Driven Environmentally Sustainable Village Programme (CESVP)

Community-Driven Environmentally Sustainable Village Programme (CESVP) - Phase-I
The Hon’ble Prime Minister has launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) on 11th October, 2014. This was aimed at improving the wellbeing of selected Gram Panchayats (GPs) through convergence of programmes under the overall guidance of Hon’ble Members of Parliament. The Yojana is about improving access to public services and community action for social and economic development so that the villages can become role models worth emulation by neighbouring Gram Panchayats. In this context i.e under the new initiative of ENVIS Scheme, Ministry has launched Community-driven Environmentally Sustainable Villages Programme (CESVP).

In this context, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Union Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in consultation with Hon'ble MPs has adopted three villages namely - Dheerpur, Ghoga and Singhola in Delhi, from his Parliamentary Constituency wherin the activities related to creation of awareness about major environmental issues such as pollution, water management, biodiversity preservation, setting up of community driven projects such as solar energy, hygiene and health status and proposed Delhi based ENVIS Resource Partners (RP’s) to run different activities.

Delhi Based ENVIS Resource Partners (RP’s) :

S. No. Logo Host Organization Subject Area



Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)


Control of Pollution (Water, Air and Noise)


Centre for Media Studies (CMS) Communication and Electronic Media


International Institute of Health and Hygiene (IIHH) Hygiene, Sanitation, Sewage Treatment Systems and Technology

School of Environmental Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Geo-diversity and Impact on Environment


School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Human Settlements and their Impact on Environment

The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) Renewable Energy and Climate Change


World Wide Fund for Nature – India (WWF) Wildlife Conservation (including species and habitats) using geospatial techniques

The Delhi based ENVIS RP’s under the aegis of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI provide technical expertise and other inputs on environment related issues to enable villages under the Sanansad Adarsh Garam Yojana (SAGY) to develop into sustainable model village with the idea to make at least one village “Model Village (Adarsh Gram)” each year respectively.

Dhirpur Village
Ghoga Village
Singhola Village
Community Driven Environmentally Sustainable Village Programme (CESVP)

CESVP Reports (Phase-I) - Month wise
1. CESVP Report - October, 2017
2. CESVP Report - November, 2017
3. CESVP Report - December, 2017
4. CESVP Report - January, 2018
5. CESVP Report - February, 2018
6. CESVP Report - March, 2018