Vertical Greens in Urban Environments as Career Corridors for Disadvantaged Youth
Youth in peri-urban areas lack resources and know-how to tap into entrepreneurial and livelihood opportunities. Urban areas themselves, suffer from mismanagement of micro-environments.
With the support of the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, the project, sited in rapidly urbanising areas of suburban Kolkata, aligns environmental and livelihood concerns by working with youth to design modules for vertical gardens, and facilitating an entrepreneurial model for the same.
The project aims to address ecological imbalance at the micro-urban scale while providing a viable livelihood option for disadvantaged youth.
The project has successfully developed vertical green modules and established an entrepreneurial framework, including bank linkages and commitments from construction firms, with which youth and their communities can access a potentially lucrative livelihood.
South Asian Forum for Environment is a Kolkata-based organisation that works towards achieving sustainable environmental development, aligning the same with poverty alleviation through community-based interventions, ensuring equity and reciprocity. The organisation envisages a global participatory policy framework for commons to promote conservation and wise use of natural resources.