Integrated natural resource management in Jharkhand

Improving farm productivity and incomes through rainwater harvesting and land husbandry practices BACKGROUND The region under agro-climatic zone VII in India is characterised by undulating, hilly terrain and high rainfall that causes soil erosion and drought in many parts of the area because of less availability of water storage facilities, and poor land and water… Continue reading Integrated natural resource management in Jharkhand

Augmenting groundwater resources through subsurface dyke

Dyke construction to capture rain runoff in the undulating topography of Kerala BACKGROUND Kerala’s undulating topography has resulted in formation of rainwater drainage as surface and subsurface runoff to nearby streams and rivers. Kerala receives annual average rainfall of 300 cm through the two monsoons from June to December. Excess water received during this short… Continue reading Augmenting groundwater resources through subsurface dyke

Site specific water conservation structures

Witnessing dual impact on community and environment in arid Rajasthan and Gujarat BACKGROUND With an average annual rainfall of mere 317 mm Rajasthan is the most arid part of the country. Since there are no major surface water bodies like rivers, lakes or canals, rainfall and groundwater is the principal water source for domestic, agriculture… Continue reading Site specific water conservation structures

Water Harvesting Structures

The ancient Indian architecture had an inbuilt component of water harvesting structures based on local terrain, geology and weather conditions. These structures played a vital role in capturing rainwater and storing it for use over a longer period. However, these traditional water harvesting structures disappeared with time thus leaving communities with the challenges of water… Continue reading Water Harvesting Structures