Rajasthan project

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Location: 30 villages of Karauli district of Rajasthan, India

GPS coordinates: 27.012968, 74.120337

Parameters: 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.

Prior to implementation: 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.

After implementation: 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. 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. Direct and indirect beneficiaries are 900 families and 6,000 people approximately. Storing huge amount of water for recharging wells and keeping moisture. Moisture remains longer for trees, trees support neighbouring plants, which generate biomass, good survival rate and growth in between grows fodder or food. Improved irrigation facilities allow two harvests on the fields. Income become higher through work and additional crop. Drinking water is available full year now.

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