Water Resources Development Unit

Water is central to all forms of live. It plays a vital role in sustaining the food chain and there by providing energy for each and every living organism; and this has led to an increase in demand of water. Matters are direr in arid regions, scarcity leads to a constant tug of war and conflicts among at both collective and individual levels. In rural landscapes, water is even more essential since it is related to earning a livelihood. The presence or absence of water determines whether the locals get a full meal, whether the kids go to school, and at times to forces the people to migrate. Traditionally water has been treated as a precious by communities in arid regions and in Kachchh, it is common to find water resources being worshipped as a form of the divine. This culture of respect and communal ownership has been vital to the conservation of water and to the survival of desert communities. Unfortunately, with changing socio-economic circumstances, these traditional systems have come under severeand commons have been depleted by way of both use and misuse. In Kachchh, it is common to hear accounts of increasing salinity levels and gradual lowering of ground water tables.

Sahjeevan realizes the need the significance of educating local communities and building capacities and empowering them to manage their local water resources to the locals. This participatory approach combined with a focus on decentralizing water resources have borne rich fruits.Sahjeevan has been able to employ it inregions across the district to ensure water security over multiple consecutive years of drought through redefining and strengthening means of Water Governance in Kachchh. The unit has demonstrated its capabilities for Improving the quality and access to drinking water and ensuring its judicious governance especially through Community organizations and Panchayati Raj Institutions. The unit also working on ensuring ‘Water for All’ elements of Nature including human being and livestock. It is also concentrating on expansion and productivity improvement of dry land agriculture through water centered interventions like critical irrigation, soil moisture conservation and other water conservation measures.