Rajasthan

Equipping communities to plan land and water conservation initiatives
Use of digital tools for implementing natural resources management at scale in rural India Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Less than an hour from the district headquarter of Bhilwara, women in village Bavdi in Jahazpur block had to walk for several miles in the scorching heat

Digital planning tools like CLART can go a long way in achieving better land-use outcomes (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
World Bank to provide $250 million to ensure dam safety in India
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 months ago

World Bank will provide $250 million for dam safety in India

Malampuzha dam in Kerala (Image source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Empowering women to be water stewards
Women work on demystifying technologies in a remote Rajasthan village Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 1 week ago

In June 2021, UNDP felicitated 41 Women Water Champions for their remarkable contributions to water-conservation efforts in the country.

Gayatri's efforts helped women get together and work on water management for the well being of a community (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
Promoting women's leadership in water management
Bhilwara woman recognised for her exemplary work in water governance and community engagement. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Women Water Champions is an initiative by National Water Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti, the Government of India, UNDP India and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to underscore the critical role

Sarjubai's journey of working at the grassroots in improving access to water commons (Image: Foundation for Ecological Security)
From water carriers to water entrepreneurs
Women become active leaders in the iJal value chain Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Imagine having to travel 7 to 8 kilometers every day to fetch water from a village because t

iJal bridged the gender gap through economic empowerment and reduced the water collection drudgery for women (Image: Safe Water Network)
Fostering rural livelihoods post COVID
Income loss top concern for rural communities, says study Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 4 weeks ago

As per a new study conducted by the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) and IIMPACT, an NGO loss of income and livelihood are among the top concerns for rural communities struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Must have protocols for timely action and outreach in times of need (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
Clean fuel choices of urban India’s poor
Insights from urban slum households across six states Amita Bhaduri posted 6 months 4 weeks ago

With increased urbanisation, India is experiencing acute air pollution in its urban centres.

PMUY should expand its reach to urban slum households, given that there are still households without LPG connections. (Image: Adam Cohn, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))
Digital tool to monitor groundwater
Women in Rajasthan use a groundwater monitoring tool to record water levels and promote water literacy Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

According to a 2006 report by the Inter-Agency Task Force, titled ‘Gender, Water and Sanitation’

Women use an open source groundwater monitoring tool that enables collection of water level data of wells and its collation on a web platform for easy access by all. (Image: FES)
MARVI: Securing groundwater supplies through engaging village communities
Improving decision-making for sustainable groundwater use Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Groundwater levels across India have been falling rapidly, affecting the livelihood and wellbeing of village communities. Top-down approaches to groundwater management have not worked.

Designing participatory processes to assist village level discovery and implementation of solutions for sustaining groundwater use and improved livelihoods (Image: MARVI)
The fast disappearing traditional water harvesting structures of Rajasthan
Lack of community ownership and local governance are spelling doom for the once royal and resilient traditional water harvesting structures of Rajasthan. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months 2 weeks ago

It has been four years since Anupam Mishra Ji, the stalwart environmentalist who had worked his entire life promoting the water harvesting techniques of Rajasthan, left. In his book, Anupam Ji extensively talks about how the water tankas (structures) were historically valued by the communities and were maintained regularly and governed through community participation.

Toorji Ka Jhalara, Jodhpur (Image Source: Rituja Mitra)
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