Eco-Cities & Eco-Villages

The concept of eco-village and eco-city has emerged given the rapid pace of urbanization in developing countries. Eocities essentially integrate economic, environmental and social considerations and develop projects, programmes, plans and policies towards sustainable governance of the city. Public involvement in this process is very important. EMC was commissioned to prepare Ecocity Action Plan for Sangli-Miraj-Kupwad in Maharashtra, India. This Action Plan was developed through an extensive consultation process and presented across themes such as water, waste, energy, housing etc. An extended cost-benefit analyses was carried out that demonstrated the "eco-logic" making a strong case that "ecocities" are economically attractive. Eco-village is a concept similar to eco-city where more emphasis is on adoption to local culture, renewable energy especially based on wind, solar and biomass,organic farming, low water intensive agriculture etc with decentralized and community driven solutions. EMC was retained by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to assist Department of Rural Development, Government of Maharashtra in the Eco-Village Scheme.