Airbus Volunteers in India for Biodiversity Programme

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 3 October 2011

A third group of sixteen Airbus volunteers has left for a three week expedition to India as part of the biodiversity programme launched by the Airbus Corporate Foundation in 2010.

The programme runs in partnership with Raleigh International, the Indian government, the UNs Development Programme and several Indian non-governmental organisations.

Five bio-gas units have already been built in Kudimery village in Tamil Nadu state, Southern India. These plants powered by cow-waste are fully operative today and have helped improve the communitys life, socially and economically. Furthermore, by reducing a households wood consumption, the bio-gas plants result in reducing CO2 emissions and help to protect and restore local forests and fauna.

The India bio-diversity project is an immensely popular way for Airbus volunteers from all around the world to help communities and at the same time learn about environmental awareness, how to be innovative and to manage natural resources in eco-efficient ways, said Andrea Debbane, Head of the Airbus Corporate Foundation.

The current group of Airbus volunteers, originated from France, Germany, Spain, UK, China, India and the US and aged between 22 and 55, will now build another set of plants in neighbouring Kadalakoly village.

Upon their return, the volunteers will share their experience not only with their colleagues but also with local organisations and schools with whom the Airbus Corporate Foundation has built relationships. At present six biodiversity projects with local youth are underway in France, Germany, Spain and the UK.

Another expedition to India will be launched in November.

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