Jodhpur District

Staying afloat, one stepwell at a time
Jodhpur has a unique problem. Unlike other cities, it is dealing with excess groundwater. Reusing its traditional water structures is the way forward. Posted on 19 Aug, 2016 01:09 PM

"Jatene dekho utene bawri" (wherever you look, there’s a stepwell). This is how the woman standing on the threshold of her house, in the walled city of Jodhpur, told us when we asked where we could find stepwells in her neighbourhood. 

Toorji ka jhalra, one of the step ponds that attracts tourists in Jodhpur.
Is traditional wisdom key to combating climate change?
Farmers have been known to observe the movement of ants and butterflies to forecast rainfall. Do such indigenous practices hold the key to addressing climate change issues? Posted on 15 Feb, 2016 09:55 PM

Erratic rainfall, heavy storms, extreme weather and droughts are some of the major impacts of climate changes. Though it affects everyone, certain sections of society, like indigenous people who live closer to the natural environment, are in fact more vulnerable to these variations.

A woman draws water from a 'taanka' in Rajasthan (Source: Wikipedia)
Why use a refrigerator to store water when you can use a clay pot?
Decreasing demand in India for earthen pots to store drinking water has affected thousands of potters' livelihoods. The film 'Vanishing Potters' provides a closer look. Posted on 04 Jul, 2015 10:06 PM

What's not to like about clay pots? "They cool water naturally due to the tiny air pores present in them, are affordable, save energy and are eco-friendly when compared to refrigerators", says Gautam Bandhopadhaya, a water expert in Chhattisgarh.

A potter making a clay pot in Jevra Sirsa village in Durg district
RWH: A tale of two successful states
Rainwater harvesting is a cost effective solution to bridge the gap between water availability and demand. Jodhpur and Goa, areas with low and high rainfall, have shown how. Posted on 16 Feb, 2015 09:11 PM

As the race to bridge the gap between limited water availability and increasing demand for water narrows in India, rain water harvesting has been increasingly recommended in urban areas to harness the available water, rather than relying on expensive and unsustainable means of procuring water.  

Urban Rainwater Harvesting
Rajasthan village united by water
Baadi near Jodhpur turned its weakness into strength to halt distress migration and reduce its dependence on rains. Posted on 06 Jan, 2015 10:34 PM

Big sandstone hills cover the landscape dotted by little grass, while the land below is covered with Israeli babool (akesia tortlis), an invasive species which does not let any other vegetation grow. Amidst this, Baadi village with its lush green fields full of cabbage, pepper and groundnut seems out of place.

Baadi's lush fields amidst barren landscape
From wasteland to wonderland
Aravali Institute of Management in Jodhpur shows how high soil salinity, which eats into cement structures, can be dealt with through harvesting water and using native plant species. Posted on 04 Jan, 2015 09:32 PM

As you drive from Jodhpur to Jaipur, the barren and desolate terrain underscores the harsh environment. The land is bleached due to high soil salinity, and there are no water sources in sight. This guarantees that there is no vegetation other than weeds like Israeli babool (akesia tortlis). 

Around 15 lakes helped deal with soil salinity
Jal Bhagirathi Foundation(JBF) is looking for Project Specialist Manager at Jodhpur
Posted on 28 Mar, 2011 11:18 AM

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  • Project Specialist Manager

            Jal Bhagirathi Foundation 

            Location: Jodhpur
            Last Date: 15th April, 2011

Using media to address water issue in Rajasthan - Video Volunteers
A Video Trainer for Video Volunteers, Tara Misra spent a year at the Jal Chitran - the Community Video Unit (CVU) in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Posted on 28 Jan, 2011 12:00 PM

During her yearlong stay, Tara trained at least twenty people into video production some of whom have succeeded in finding work in the local market as photographers, cameramen and wedding video makers. In this blog she gives a vivid account of the CVU, its producers and their work.

Conference on adapting water harvesting to climate change in dry lands of India, Jal Bhagirathi Foundation, Jodhpur
Posted on 29 Jan, 2010 03:35 PM

The Jal Bhagirathi Foundation has been working for the past eight years with programmes in the Marwar region of Thar Desert to empower distressed village communities enabling them to revive the traditional community management systems and practices with special focus on creating social capital as sustainable means for bringing water security.