Groundwater Monitoring, Recharge, Planning and Sustainable Use: Village Level Participatory Approaches and Tools

Groundwater plays a critical role in India’s economy and livelihood of rural communities. It supplies 65% of water needs for agriculture and over 85% of water for drinking in rural and urban communities. Groundwater helped India in the Green revolution, but it also led to a ‘silent revolution’ with the total number of dugwells and borewells growing phenomenally, from a few million in 1960s to 30 million now. The consequence of this is that groundwater pumping is far in excess of the annual rainfall recharge, and as result the resource is under a serious threat now.

Also, with groundwater being hidden underground and with millions of individual users spread all over the country, the resource has become most difficult to manage and sustain.

As such, engaging with individual users and working at the local level for effective management has become quite critical. Participatory approaches to engage groundwater users, Gram Panchayats and other institutions and stakeholders and empowering them with suitable tools can help effective planning and cooperation for sustainable groundwater use.

The main aim of the Groundwater Monitoring, Recharge, Planning and Sustainable Use: Village Level Participatory Approaches and Tools workshop in India is to share the learning from the Managed Aquifer Recharge through Village-level Intervention (MARVI) project and other groups across India with policy makers, implementing agencies, Gram Panchayats and other stakeholders.

In particular creating awareness of the approaches, tools and processes developed for the village level participatory management of groundwater in India, how they were developed, and how they could be gainfully employed. Further, building on the work and experience of MARVI and other participatory village level groundwater models, develop a way forward for up-scaling of the participatory approach into other regions of India, particularly in the National Groundwater Management and Improvement Program (NGMIP) project of the Government of India.

For more details please contact:

Prof. Basant Maheshwari
b.maheshwari@westernsydney.edu.au
+61 410 550 911

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