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Learning by Doing

Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch (SRF of the FPAC)  giving a talk on the subject of practical experience as a prerequisite for theoretical employment. 

Understanding comes before Doing! A challenge of the present times to make meaningful innovations possible!

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Water Issues in TGD

Discussion over issue of the  drinking water expert Dr Amir H. Malik. concerning possible tests in Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka.

Dr. Malik. had already carried out decentralized investigations in the village some time ago; He also led the investigation of the deep well project.

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Environment Protektion

Waste management Pilot Project in Rupshu in September 2017

by Klaus Schaette*** 

In cooperation with HH Lang Na Rimpoche, Wildlife Dept. and Nomadic Resort in Korzok, the Amitabha Expert introduced an awareness campaign for a clean Environment to the Tso Moriri Area, one of the main tourist attraction in the Chantang plateau with almost 120.000 visitors per year. Places of activity were Puga school, Sumdo, Korzog, Tsokar and Debring; three Oildrum Incinerators were given to the villages.

At present, there is no waste collection in the area, nor dumping sites in all villages opened. The waste is flying around, some dumped in the wild or near rivers or seashore. Separation for Recycling of plastics, glass and metal is almost unknown! Tourism is growing, more hotels, tented camps, guesthouses, home-stays and restaurants are set up, especially in Korzok and Tsokar. Most of the tented camps have made holes for the waste, regular burning of the unsorted waste is practiced, a smelling, health hazardous affair. The Awareness that burning all waste, especially all plastics is so far not known. Wildlife Dept. has already lead cleaning campaigns; this unsorted waste, already filled in sacks remained there, as no transport to Leh could so far organized by Wildlife Dept.

In Puga Residential Nomad School live around 85 students and 10 teachers. A Cleaning Campaign was organized, followed by waste separation by students and teachers. The parts for Recycling and Dumping were set aside, a demonstration of Burning in the incinerator with paper and plastic wrappers was In lower Sumdo a Cleaning Campaign was organized by around 30 villagers, followed by a waste Separation for Recycling, Dumping and a demonstration of Burning. In upper Sumdo 25 villagers took part in the same action.

In Korzok with around 300 people living, the villagers deposit their garbage in some dump sites or oil drums, located in- and outside the village. Usually waste is burned, even metal and glass with the help of kerosene, as well by some of the camps. The Village does not look clean. No waste collection, nor dustbins have been introduced so far.

A meeting of villagers and YDA discussed the cleaning problem. A demonstration of waste Separation for the village groups, even monks and military, was organized. Almost 50 people separated the waste. The parts for Recycling and Dumping were set aside, a demonstration of burning in the incinerator with paper and plastic wrappers was given.

In a separate discussion, a site for collection of recycling waste and proper dumping was identified. Our visit to the lakeshore showed a lot of plastics, cement rests, even rotten player flags in and near the water.

In Thukjey at Tsokar-Lake two tented camps, guesthouses, home-stays and restaurants have been set up, most tourist visit here after Tso Moriri. The Eco Resort had already started a simple waste separation in earthholes. Dumping of waste outside village is practiced. On the day of our visit a Cleaning Campaign was underway. A demonstration of waste separation for Recycling and Dumping was given to 40 villagers, followed by a demonstration of burning. During our visit, a site for collection of recycling waste and proper dumping was identified.

In Debring at the Manali Rd, a waste Separation for Recycling and Dumping was introduced to the shopkeepers.

 Puga school cleaning campaign 

Tukjey waste separation demo 

Tukjey paper burning demo

Recommendations: -introduction of deep hole as dumping site and regular waste separation for recycling of metal and plastics, especially in tourist locations will reduce waste by half -introduction of dustbins, may be three in different colours will assist the waste separation and to keep the village clean -follow up of waste separation practice and transport from villages to leh scrapdealers will assist in spreading the practice of waste separation.

*** Klaus Schaette is part of a volunteer member team with around 16 independent IPC-senior experts

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Further Development

Sustainable project work, wherever there are projects, requires constant commitment. Not only internally are problems to be managed, but also external.

Internally, market shifts as a result of political weather conditions can be detrimental, - interpersonal relationship and family structures change.

Externally, e.g. In connection with political processes between urban and rural, even affects of foreign co-operations, can be more than a hindrance.

In the long-term, work in the area of the arts and crafts, of course, also changes the relationship between producers and consumers, - this is the case in the growth-oriented manufacturing of handicrafts on the one hand and the individual production of unique items on the other hand.

The team of Dr Siller, from central Europe, has spent time in researching the recycling of products, their design improvements for value addition, as well as decycling, which means the use of high-quality material accessories.

These type of project inputs are better pushed in Central Europe because of the need for substantial research. The Siller team has been doing research on the material of fish leather in Germany, Austria, Iceland, - probably research on the Ussuri will be necessary, - preparatory work has already been undertaken in a project on the Amazon.

The fish leader project is a good example of handicrafts for NGOs in the rural areas and can stimulate and inspire local work. This is true for the mother project in Pakistan, as well as for daughter projects in Cameroon and Colombia.

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The following short films /videos are available and can be downloaded:

Information about these is available through Google

-Pakistan concerning Thatta Kedona / AFA (NGO)

Alhamra Event

-Cameroon concerning CAT / RUC

Cameroon 2017

-Colombia concerning Tanto Mejor (ONG)

Colombia 2015

-Germany concerning Cultura e.V. / DGFK e.V.

LITHOworkshop Landgut Stober

ART workshop Landgut Stober

Landgut Stober: Schnitt & Schneidern

Landgut Stober: Deutsch-Polnische Runde

-Iceland concerning International Dolls Museum



The following publications for 2018 are planned:


with introduction and project description or project studies


with introduction and transcriptions, 6 sections


with introduction, illustrations black / white and color in 6 sections


From Global Village

each about 300 pages with different topics,

limited and uncensored editions:

Volume 33: News from the Ground!

Volume 34: Enough is Enough!

Volume 35: What's going on?

Volume 36: Flowers Blue Letters

Volume 37: All over again

Volume 38: At the end of the tunnel

Related: See more videos here 

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch in University of Punjab

Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch talked to Professor Doctor Rubeena, Institute for Social and Cultural Affairs / Punjab University Lahore on further lectures concerning Housing and so on

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International Journalists Conference

Prof Dr Norbert, Senior Research Fellow with the President of the FPAC, Mr. S A J Shirazi concerning International Journalists Conference in Lahore.

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Welcome Norbert Chaudhry

It's autumn, Prof Dr Norbert has been coming to Pakistan in the fall for years, this time however very briefly.

The village project of the AFA in TGD is developing - now with a new management. It is hoped to link up with the positive developments of the past, - also to go for new ways and to find opportunities in future.

After many years of cooperation, Mr Ilyas was able to become independent with his extensive experience - in the past he was committed to selling works by other artisans both at home and abroad.
Dr Norbert will continue to visit his friends and keep in touch - presumably there will be lectures again. In order not only to denounce air pollution, wastage of resources, etc. but to lead by example, X will increasingly use video over the Internet, - examples are available on the internet for students.

An initiative to support the women's project of the AFA, now named as SSDC, worked for the SSS years ago and would like to become active again for the material preservation of the village project.

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