AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


SAFE: Livelihood Solutions to Empower Marginal Agrarians in Asia

We are at community-ecosystem interface to empower marginal agrarians in conserving nature’s goods and services to earn a dignified livelihood in the climate milieu and strengthen local institutions.


South Asian Forum for Environment

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Social causes


SDGs covered

Endorsed by

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Market of Implementation

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand


SAFE aims at problems owing to lack of local technology and bleak capacities in entrepreneurial climate actions, non-inclusive economy and market inaccessibility, digital divide and ostracization of marginal communities from mainstream development as well climate vulnerability. It promotes right-based conservation and equity in participatory planning for resource management. It also attempts to bridge the knowledge gaps at science-society interface for better preparedness and community resilience.


The solution sets SAFE looks up at, are
  1. Technology cooperation and capacity building
  2. Placed-based innovation for building back (no rocket science)
  3. Financial inclusion and strengthening of local institutions
  4. Built capacities in entrepreneurial endeavors and market linkages
  5. Climate initiatives through collective community action
  6. Digital literacy and equity in resource accessibility
  7. Research towards policy implications and mainstreaming of innovative practices.

SAFE blends local traditional knowledge with modern improvisations like usages of renewable energy, ICT, technology for circularity in economic sustainability and as well value chains in production.

For more information on our solution, do refer to our Slide Deck.

Type of Carbon Reduced/Sequestered

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), Methane, Nitrous Oxide

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