Natural Resources Management is a key thematic program area of MARI with an aim of promoting sustainable development and securing livelihoods of communities depending on natural resources. MARI also promotes mitigation and adaptation measures in response to climate variability and vulnerabilities. We have been pro-actively engaged in finding solutions to issues concerning environmental conservation and protection, and natural resource based livelihoods. With a greater focus on climate sensitive areas, it has been implementing a wide range of programs to build climate resilience in rain-fed areas, forest communities and water resources, with communities taking lead. Various programs implemented/being implemented under this thematic area are Joint Forest Management, Watershed Development, revitalising irrigation tanks, management of community property resources, fallow land development, agro-forestry, livestock development and community knowledge systems of agriculture.
Project Title: Watershed Development Initiatives
Funded by: NABARD (Watersheds), Hyderabad, India
Location: Jangaon, Raghunathpally, Ghanpur (Station) and Zaffergadh mandals of Warangal district in Telangana state.
Main Objective: To reverse the degradation of lands and thereby increase productivity and livelihood security, and contribute towards poverty alleviation in rural areas through community participation. The program focuses on the conservation, regeneration and judicious use of natural resources.
Output/Impact: Recently concluded implementation of 12 watershed projects supported by NABARD. Of these, four watershed projects were supported under IGWDP program; and rest 8 under WDF. The total area treated under these watershed projects is 12,221 hectares benefitting more than 4,970 households. The mid-term and end evaluations have indicated four meters rise in ground water level. Other major impacts include: about 5600 acres of fallow land has been brought into cultivation; reduction in out-migration; and improved livelihoods for about 1200 poor families.