Watershed – GVT has been a pioneer non profit organization in community managed small scale water resource development, and every year interventions under watershed gets scaled up. Our main programme under watershed is to combine the needs of the local people and available potential with appropriate technology, community lift irrigation schemes and check dams. As a result of intensive micro watershed development, our field observation reflects that hundreds of wells, which were hitherto with low water level have been recharged and the water level have risen substantially. Increase in ground water level has improved many of our village where we work due to increase recharging activity.
GVT implements various watershed projects with an objective to increase cropping intensity and productions in both rainfed and partial irrigated situations; reduced threat of drought to both crops and livestock; increased ground water recharge – enhancing water use potential; decline in downstream sedimentation – increase in flow rates and volume of the stream networks and improved moisture regimes; change in livestock system dynamics – improved fodder quality and availability leading to change in herd size, quality and composition; increased opportunities for short term, medium term and long term on and off-farm employment. For all watershed projects GVT seeks to promote integrated watershed development through land water conservation and water resource development along with targeting other components viz. livestock development, crop improvement, women and social development, community health and Capacity Building.
Some of our major watershed projects:
NABARD-IGWDP- Puniyakundi Kushalgarh:
This project is being implemented in Kushalgarh, Banswara District of Rajasthan and is funded by NABARD Jaipur. The main objective of this project is to promote integrated watershed development through land Water Conservation and Water resource development along with targeting other components viz. livestock development, crop improvement, women and social development, community health and Capacity Building. Almost 597 families have been covered and approximately 320 ha area has been treated.
Integrated Watershed Management Program, IWMP –III Bajana in Madhya Pradesh
This Watershed is being implemented at Bajna in Madhya Pradesh. More importance is given towards Monitoring and Evaluation of the works through Institution Building of CBOs like WC, UG, SHG. This year 33 EPA works, 8 WC trainings covering 76 beneficiaries, 12 UG trainings covering 214 beneficiaries, 15 SHG Trainings, covering 310 beneficiaries have been carried out.
Water shed project in Barwani & Thikari block of Jhabua
This project is being implemented at Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh and is being funded by Zilla Panchyat, Jhabua & Barwani under MGNPREGS. The main objective of this project is to increase the irrigation potential so as to sustain the livelihood of tribals living in this region. Major achievements under this project are Jalabhishek Jalgrahan Samity in all micro watersheds, Training and capacity building programme for GJJS, volunteers and community, treatment of 1950 hectares of land, 229 ha area is treated as SWC Work in 3 villages of the Project area, 84 ha is treated as WRD irrigated area, development of 25.6 ha Pasture land area and Afforestation in 298 hectares. 3600 hectares are treated in this project and 900 farmer households have benefited through the project interventions.
Another two similar watershed projects are also being implemented at Pati, Jhabua and Meghnagar in
Madhya Pradesh. The Pati watershed project covers 5 villages and 764 hectares of land covering around 2100 farmers. The Barwani and Meghnagar watershed project covers 14 villages of Jhabua and Meghangar block and 1375 hectares of undulated land has been treated under this project covering 2482 farmers.
Hariyali Watershed at Panchmahal & Dahod, Gujarat
This watershed is funded by DRDA Panchmahal and is implemented in 5 blocks of Panchmahal district in Gujarat. Around 40144 participants have been covered through 891 trainings in 5 blocks of Panchmahal and the Dahod watershed programme has covered around 240 WDC members and 84 training programmes have been conducted.
Apart from this, GVT is also implementing 5 more watershed projects covering 2520 hectare of land in Gujarat under IGWDP funded by NABARD at Karamba, Sarmariya, Meenakyar, Dhamavav and Vajelav.