Adaptive approaches to groundwater governance: lessons from the Saurashtra recharging movement - a working paper by Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat

A variety of socio-technical actions have been carried out by the movement participants, which have resulted in increased agrarian-based livelihood incomes, primarily through increased groundwater availability and with it an improved quality of life. The paper identifies the key drivers of the recharging movement and the factors that have sustained it. 

Through a case study of a village, Ambaredi, in Rajkot district, the paper quantifies the additional water captured through primary data and analyses the scope for further enhancement through standard methods of groundwater assessment based on the computed stage of groundwater development after due allocations have been made for environmental flows and domestic use.

Locating the recharging movement within the theory of adaptive management, the paper emphasises the harmful effects of the absence of stakeholder participation, that is, government agencies with proactive policies, technical expertise, and financial support. The paper draws some final conclusions on what needs to be done to increase the effectiveness and success, both ecologically and economically, of the adaptive efforts of agrarian communities such as the participants of the Saurashtra recharging movement.

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