Sustainable Participatory Management of Natural Resources to Control Land Degradation in the Thar Desert Ecosystem

What is the Project About

What is the Project About

As a result of rising population, overgrazing, recurrent droughts and unsustainable use of natural resources, Rajasthan’s Thar Desert is under increasing pressure from land degradation. This project, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, is developing an integrated and participatory natural resource planning and management strategy in selected regions of the Thar Desert.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

 What Have We Accomplished So Far
  • Twenty-five community-based water use associations or Jal Sabhas have mobilized local communities to effectively manage and monitor the use of local resources. These Jal Sabhas ensure a minimum 20 percent participation of women as members

  • Micro-projects on integrated land and water management – implemented in 25 villages – have helped revive traditional land and water management practices

  • Removal of encroachments from common property land as a result of greater cohesiveness and awareness among local communities

  • Partnerships with technical institutes and knowledge centres have been forged as a result of capacity building activities

  • Greater awareness among local communities on the impact of land degradation through dissemination of a range of information on controlling land degradation, common property resources, controlling invasive species and grassland development

Who Finances It



Global Environment Facility; United Nations Development Programme and Government of Rajasthan (In-kind)

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

US$ 300,893

Project Overview
Status:
Closed
Project Start Date:
2010
Estimated End Date:
2012
Geographic Coverage:
Rajasthan (Jodhpur, Barmer, Pali)
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
MDG:
Goal 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Officer:
Lianchawii
Partners:
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of Rajasthan; Jal Bhagirathi Foundation, Rajasthan
Highlights
  • As a result of high population density, the Thar Desert is witnessing growing land degradation
  • Twenty-five community-based water use associations have mobilized local communities to effectively manage local resources
  • Traditional land and water management practices revived as a result of micro-projects implemented in 25 villages
  • Awareness building has resulted in the removal of encroachments from common property land
  • Capacity building activities have led to partnerships with technical institutes and knowledge centres
  • Greater awareness of local communities on the impact of land degradation