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The community awareness and recall of traditional system of livelihood, governance and inhabitation

About the Implementing organization

Name: Centre for Development

Country: India

Year of establishment: 2000

Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status


Community education of traditional system and inhabitation system, recalling the importance of our ancestors' survival system and sustainability process, revival and restoration of a traditional system for well-being, livelihood and its appropriate uses.
Development of village committees for each component and developing its maintenance system with own governance system. The revival and regeneration of traditional system will be developed as a role model which will be for a demonstration of the community surrounding which could be replicated in a feasible/viable mode that benefits nature. This demonstration could be exposed to the schemes/program planner, implementer and policy makers so that the community should be with sustainable development balancing with natural resources in surrounding with its appropriate uses. It will be planned in the block, district and with broader spectrum for rural development purposes and next generation educational and awareness for our traditional system revival process and come out of extinction phase of many practices and species.
TWHS enhanced the livelihood security from 3 months to 10 months with enhancement of yearly additional income Rs. 12500/ HH of size 6 members. Few farmers are coming up for fine rice whose turnover is Rs. 2,00,000/ year apart from home users/ consumption.

Nature Element

Forests / Wetlands / Rivers / Grasslands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Food security / Water security / Peace and security / Health / Renewable energy / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

Traditional water harvesting system (TWHS) is the very essential and central factor in a community on which the water management is based, is the lifeline of the community. Its uses will be good for environment impact for community and plant (Fauna and Flora) as well to the wildlife from the TWHS.

Obviously, the ancestors have worked on it and were self-sufficient and happy with their habitation but now with the deterioration of traditional system - TWHS, governance, etc., the community is in danger, many of fauna and flora are about to extinction due to biological imbalance.

Hence, the lifeline of the community is at revival, its ecological impact is good and satisfactory again in our ancestors’ time - the balance between man, plant, animal, land, water etc.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Sustainable development will come back with the revival of a traditional system with the inclusion of new technology in rural areas, development counts for socialization, good governance, livelihood security, environmental balance etc. which will come back with the revival of tradition system only. In this process, we have to focus first on livelihood through Traditional water harvesting system in the community, which will give the community the stability to the food then governance, living style in the rural India. Further, this could be added to the community, IT technology, and latest education but without foundation of good society, all inclusion of latest technology would be a waste or it would be an action for unbalanced development impacts.


India counts for the rural area which is in this era also at 60%, where the action can be expanded to a national level scale. We do have 60% of the area in India where the innovation could be scalable for its expansion. the traditional system of the community differs from one place to another, block to block, district to district, state to state, but this is must revive the traditional system of the community of their own so that the sustainable development could be recovered back to the community which would be suitable for the particular community.

The particular THWS/ governance system has to be scaled up in that particular system as each community has their own system and credentials which have to be revived and upgraded with the use of education, IT and communication etc. this can be done through the dissemination of demonstration of renovated TWHS of the community and its impacts.


The renovation of THWS has been replicated by dissemination workshop with government official and Panchayati Raj Institution representative where its role model and leader spread its impacts and benefits. Later on, PRI representatives were trained for the inclusion of such schemes in Government Annual Plan and follow up its approval.
Further, by having known to the impact of THWS, all the community are very much enthusiastic and where ever, they got a chance to speak and ask, they also put their suggestion renovation of other THWS.

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