To be a leader in creating Sustainable Model for Integrated Rural Development, Plantation and Reverse Migration by insuring people’s participation

June 7, 2017

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To be a leader in creating Sustainable Model for Integrated Rural Development, Plantation and Reverse Migration by insuring people’s participation

About the Implementing organization

Name: VANARAI TRUST

Country: India

Year of establishment: 1986

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status

Description

Water is the major essence of sustainable development. Hence Vanarai initiated various watershed management activities in order to increase a groundwater level, slow down the velocity of rainwater runoff, conserve soil in water and to support protective irrigation. We adapted various scientific methods like identifying Aquifer and its optimum usage for the increase in groundwater level.
Our work includes constructing Vanarai Bunds, Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting, and Well Recharges, erecting of Earthen Nala Bund, Repairing and Construction of Cement Nala Bunds.
Vanarai bund is a breakthrough cost effective innovation by Vanarai and every year more than three lakhs of these are executed all across Maharashtra. Other states are also following this technique because of its affordability and credibility. It has proven to be a boon to the villages.
This is a low-cost technique in which waste bags are used, replicating the same is easy.
People participation increases in this activity.

Nature Element

Drylands

Type of Action

Restoration / Sustainable use / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Water security / Health

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

             

Environmental Impacts

 Reduction in soil erosion and runoff.
The increase in groundwater table level.
Increase in people’s participation
Increase water storage
Availability clean drinking water
Increased awareness about modern agriculture technologies
Unity for development work.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The increase in entrepreneurship and local employment & Increase in income.
Due to watershed activities, the land under cultivation has increased. This has, in turn, increased the crop yield as well. Due to the availability of the water in non-rainy season, people are now able to take cash crops, which has definitely increased their income. They do not look upon cities for their bread and butter.

Scalability

Our NGO has been working since its inception i.e. 1986. Since 2012 till 2017, we have extended the watershed program to 76 villages in Maharashtra state. There is a wide scope to extend this program at National level due to our own innovations like "Vanarai Bund" which is cost effective and has already reaped fruits to the villages.

Replicability

Vanarai bund is a breakthrough cost effective innovation by Vanarai and every year more than three lakhs of these are executed all across Maharashtra. Other states are also following this technique because of its affordability and credibility. It has proven to be a boon to the villages.

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