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Bundelkhand initiatives for Water Agriculture and Livelihood

 
 

Organization : SRIJAN ( Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action )

 
 

Location : Madhya Pradesh,Uttar Pradesh

 
 

Project Description

Bundelkhand Initiative for Water Agriculture and Livelihood (BIWAL) is an attempt to revive Bundelkhand to its ancient glory by reviving the traditional water bodies and the surrounding ecosystem through community engagement. At one point, being a major source of water, these tanks over the period have moved into disuse due to consecutive droughts also neglect and apathy. A large number of these tanks are either silted, encroached upon or are being used for purposes other than water harvesting. To bring back the culture of water harvesting and conservation multiple civil action organizations, water conservation experts, authorities and the community have joined hands and formed a consortium. This consortium led by SRIJAN is working on a large and comprehensive NRM along with social development initiatives. Starting with the first task of desilting the ponds, repair, and restoration of the entire water harvesting structure and its associated components both on the supply and demand side are also planned.
After analysis of the most water-scarce locations of the region, BIWAL has identified 110 tanks for development. Going ahead, the task of restoration of more than 8000 tanks in the region, would call for a strong collaboration with Government and facilitative partnership with the district administration. These tanks when revived will go on to rehabilitate the communities in the districts of Chhattarpur, Tikamgarh, and Niwari in Madhya Pradesh and Lalitpur, Jhansi, Mahoba, Hamirpur and Chitrakoot of Uttar Pradesh.
Bundelkhand Initiative for Water Agriculture and Livelihood (BIWAL) is an attempt to revive Bundelkhand to its ancient glory by reviving the traditional water bodies and the surrounding ecosystem through community engagement. At one point, being a major source of water, these tanks over the period have moved into disuse due to consecutive droughts also neglect and apathy. A large number of these tanks are either silted, encroached upon or are being used for purposes other than water harvesting. To bring back the culture of water harvesting and conservation multiple civil action organizations, water conservation experts, authorities and the community have joined hands and formed a consortium. This consortium led by SRIJAN is working on a large and comprehensive NRM along with social development initiatives. Starting with the first task of desilting the ponds, repair, and restoration of the entire water harvesting structure and its associated components both on the supply and demand side are also planned.

After analysis of the most water-scarce locations of the region, BIWAL has identified 110 tanks for development. Going ahead, the task of restoration of more than 8000 tanks in the region, would call for a strong collaboration with Government and facilitative partnership with the district administration. These tanks when revived will go on to rehabilitate the communities in the districts of Chhattarpur, Tikamgarh, and Niwari in Madhya Pradesh and Lalitpur, Jhansi, Mahoba, Hamirpur and Chitrakoot of Uttar Pradesh.
 
 
 
 

Project Type : CSR

 
 

Special Features of Project

  • BIWAL is designed to have multi-faceted benefits with a host of beneficiaries. The local communities directly and indirectly associated with the selected tanks, including the Gram Panchayats, are the key stakeholders of the project.
  • It is a large undertaking, therefore, BIWAL as an initiative calls for the support of multiple organizations and institutions. These tanks are spread across districts of a region that is divided between two states, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 
  • A humble beginning was made with the necessary convergence support from Govt. Of M.P and Grant support from individuals as well as corporate houses and Foundations. Recognizing the complexities involved, including technical and socio-economic factors, which shall have to be studied and learnings brought to bear upon the entire effort, the Atal Bihari Bajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis (AIGGPA), Bhopal, stepped forward as the knowledge partner for the project. 
  • BIWAL envisions that the Tank Management Committees (TMC), will work in close coordination with these village-level democratic institutions. Strengthening the Tank Management Committees (TMC) is an important strategy to empower user communities with decision-making responsibilities. This will be done by providing access to ready-to-use information of water available and its sparing use, providing appropriate skills on water budgeting, creating an enabling environment and devolving financial management responsibilities. 
 
 

Project Donors and Partners

Hindustan Unilever Foundation, Atal Bihari Bajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis (AIGGPA), Bhopal, entre for Advance Research and Development(CARD) Haritika, Action for Social Advancement (ASA), Bundelkhand Sewa Sansthan, Arunodaya, Yuva Koushal Vikash Mandal, Akhil Bhartiya Samaj Sewa Sansthan
 
 
 

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