Social Development Through Watershed Development In Rural Areas

The Department of Watershed Development, Government of Karnataka, and NABARD chose Vidyanikethan as one of its implementing agencies for its watershed projects at Alanatha, KanakapuraTaluk and Thattegere. Vidyanikethan worked with the community in these areas and key local stakeholders in different phases. Although the project period was from 2004 to 2007, Vidyanikethan is still continuing with the capacity building programmes and IGP in the target villages.
Vidyanikethan's strategy and implementation programmes, were people centric and in the process, watershed development served as a catalyst to bond the people to work as one team and for ushering a multi-dimensional socio-economic change in the area.
Overall impact of the watershed development project at Alanatha and Thattagere:

  • Increase in ground water levels,
  • Support to agricultural activities by better supply of water
  • Adaptation of eco-friendly technological practices such as soil, water and bio-mass conservation, crop protection schools,
  • Improved fodder availability for its livestock population,
  • Improved afforestation and horticulture by planting more forest based and horticulture based trees.
  • Formation of self help groups also led to groupd savings, empowerment of women through awareness and participation in watershed development activities,
  • Opportunity for socio-economic development through training of vocational skills such as tailoring, making of bamboo based products.
  • Reduction in migration to cities by increasing rural livelihood programmes.