Webinar: "Watershed Management - learning from the past, re-imagining the future".
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About the Event
Over the past 25 years, Watershed Management has emerged as an effective approach to ensuring water security in the rain-fed regions of the country. The approach has broadened beyond the initial focus on soil and water conservation to include issues related to employment generation, ecological agriculture and sustainable livelihoods. Community participation and empowerment has been central to the idea of watershed management nurtured through a close collaboration between local communities, civil society organisations and the state. There have been several challenges in balancing the multiple objectives of the programme. We also have new emerging issues like climate crisis and the world after COVID-19 that the watershed programmes will have to urgently address. In this webinar, developed as a conversation between two leading experts in the field of watershed management, Shri A Ravindra and Shri MV Rama Chandrarudu, we propose to flag some of these issues. Together these experts bring out the need to re-imagine the focus and scope of the watershed approach in the current context and envision the implementation architecture of the new generation watershed programmes. Shri A Ravindra heads Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN) and has been working on the issues of rainfed agriculture. He has conceptualized and led several projects at WASSAN on drought adaptation/mitigation, watershed management, rainfed agriculture, livelihoods development, adaptation to climate change, and also some of the large scale government projects. He was a member of the Working Group of Natural Resource Management and Rainfed Farming for the 12th Five year Plan and was a member of the drafting committees for the group for the 11th and 12th Five Year plans. He has a major contribution in evolving the national Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network. Mr. MV Rama Chandrarudu is associated with RRA Network and WASSAN Group of Institutions in various capacities and roles, since 2000. He was a member of the Steering Committee for IWMP, DoLR, GoI. He has anchored several research studies and evaluations of projects based on natural resource management, watershed, and WASH. Currently, he is also pursuing his passion as a scrap artist, ecopreneur, and building tiny homes with recycled building materials.
Join us on Friday, 27th August 2020, 3 pm (IST) for an interesting webinar on the topic "Watershed Management - learning from the past, re-imagining the future".