Sustaining ecosystems through intensive water conservation efforts
Our water conservation programs are focused on reviving depleting water resources. In the past three decades, we have restored over 750 tanks and constructed over 420 farm ponds benefitting more than 60,000 farmers. The crucial intervention is providing local communities with clean, green and scenic water bodies with increased storage capacity and improved infrastructure.
The 6th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the 17 SDGs focuses on ensuring the availability of clean water for all and sustainable management of water by 2030. As of today, one third of the countries suffer from medium to high-level water stress.
A report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) places India at the 13th position on a list of 17 countries classified as ‘Extremely Stressed’. With a withdrawal of over 40% freshwater annually for various agricultural, industrial and household purposes, India’s renewable internal freshwater resources per capita has declined from 3000 m3 to just above 1000 m3 over the past 50 years, making it a cause for grave concern.
At over 700 billion m3 per year, India is the world’s largest agricultural water consumer and has doubled its consumption over the past 45 years owing to growing population and increasing food demand. With majority of India’s agriculture depending on water intensive crops, depleting water resources and erratic monsoons are serious concerns that lead to crop failures ultimately threatening food security.
While agriculture accounts for the largest consumption of water, little is being done by the farming community to conserve water even when it is them who benefit the most from water conservation.
Against this backdrop, reaching the ambitious targets set by the SDGs demands intensified and sustained action in the area of water conservation.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
OUR 360° COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT APPROACH
Bala Vikasa’s programs, across the board, are highly innovative, participatory and sustainable. The success of our work is due to the active participation of the communities in the form of village level committees. Sustained capacity building to make the communities aware of the looming water crisis and the role they could play in it is the solid foundation on which we have been able to implement such pioneering water conservation programs that have gone on to inspire state and central governments.