Progress Report on JAISAMAND LAKE CATCHMENT, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

With the UNESCO-GWADI initiative in the lake catchment, the overall understanding of the hydrological aspects has been enhanced. The initiative has motivated Wells for India and partner organizations staff to consider the issues in a more logical way and to use scientific information within the society.

The water level monitoring for last 6 years has led to an increase in the awareness of local youth in the villages to see the significant interannual changes. Along with this there has been a growing awareness of the impacts of small water harvesting works on local surroundings.

Other scientific monitoring such as infiltration tests, geological surveys and stream gauging has involved the local villagers and helped them in broadening their outlook and understanding of the natural environment. It has been impressive to record that the local communities became enthusiastically involved in all the survey work; an effort was made to explain what was being carried out in simple language and to have a good discussion with the village youth.

Wells for India and its partners have adopted some simplification of scientific monitoring systems so that many of the tasks can be understood and possibly carried out by the local community who actually are the main beneficiary of all works.

Jaisamand G-WADI Report June 2011updated 0811

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