ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH WATER MANAGEMENT IN EASTERN RAJASTHAN

 

 

In this project, we are working in the 30 villages of Karauli district of Rajasthan. According to the development index by Planning Commission of India, Karauli stands in the topmost 100 backward district in the country.

The poorest & marginalized communities (50%+ Scheduled Tribes & Scheduled Castes) dominates in the proposed areas. The proposed areas are also ecologically marginalised due to undulated rocky terrain, inaccessibility, forest and severe water scarcity in patches.

The unique characteristic of the region is primarily related to water, i.e. inadequate rainfall, degrading ground water level and least water retention capacity of the soil. Variability of monsoon is another factor, which is leading to frequent occurrence of drought. This is the result of prolonged neglect of the environment and denudation of the forests in the region. With a breakdown of traditional water management practices and in adequate scientific water-management systems, irrigation is insufficient and inefficient thus directly hurting agricultural productivity. Livestock rearing is another major economic activity has become unviable due to climate change and loss of green pastures. Such stress on the agricultural sector has complex implications; endangered food-security, persistent poverty leading to educational and health backwardness and out- migration. Because of the long-term irreversible damage, there is severe pressure on scarce resources leading to further destruction of natural resources and the environment.

Objectives

  • To implement rain-water harvesting with indigenous communities in the project area for sustainable development and livelihood generation.
  • To enhance the capacity of the indigenous communities in water management and use efficiency.

Expected Outputs

  • Rural communities in the project area get organized for water conservation and management
  • Enhanced capacity of community members regarding sustainable water management practices and improving its efficiency.

Expected Beneficiaries

  • Direct and indirect beneficiaries will be 900 families and 6,000 people approximately.