BackgroundOf late, policy makers and administrators are increasingly feeling the need for holistic approach to rural development. Often one of the problems being encountered to achieve desired goal in rural development is the affordable and equitable availability of water. In this direction Government of Maharashtra is implementing watershed development programme throughout the State involving all concerned departments, NGOs and PRIs. In view of the gravity of situation the approach and implementation has changed to a great extent. All stakeholders are being involved and efforts are made to seek active participation of all. in order to get desired success.
In this scenario, the Central & State governments are striving always in evolving suitable watershed development policies & programmes. Along with comprehensive policy planning, also needed is to have a proper coordination between direct & indirect stakeholders crosscutting all the levels and monitoring mechanism vis-Ã¡-vis government regulation. YASHADA being the State Apex Institute may play a leading role in capacity building, monitoring & evaluation, studies & documentation and policy advocacy. YASHADA may also take up a lead role to find out and device a mechanism to develop a strong linkage between programme funds and effective implementation of watershed programme. The Watershed Development & Management Centre was established in YASHADA in 2004.
To undertake capacity building of major stakeholders
To develop an effective network in watershed development activities
To ensure effective functioning of Government-aided Schemes as major
source of funds in watershed development activities
To conduct action research and evaluation studies in selected watersheds and
suggest ways of effective implementation
ActivitiesIn accordance to the objectives and based on the needs of the stakeholders following activities are undertaken by the Centre.
Training and Workshops :
Two training modules on 'Hariyali Watershed' (on-campus and off-campus),
including guidelines of the project, project preparation, PRA techniques,
action plan, watershed management and role of various functionaries.
Two training modules on 'Common Guidelines 2008 for Watershed
Development Programmes', including guidelines of the project, training
methods, Detailed Project Report, farming systems, livelihood and
35 on-campus and 27 off-campus (district level) training programmes on
Hariyali and Common Guidelines-08 conducted and 2380 participants trained.
Conducted national level training on 'G1S application in watershed* with help
of NIRD Hyderabad.
Conducted Master Trainers' Training with assistance of NIRD Hyderabad and
Department of Land Resources New Delhi and 57 participants are trained.
Collector, CEO workshop on Common Guidelines 2008
Policy Maker's Workshops involving Hon Minister (Water Conservation),
eminent personalities in watershed development and State level Officers from
Mantralaya & government departments.
Research and evaluationResearch & evaluation of various projects based on participatory natural resource management are conducted to build the knowledge base and provide learning for effective watershed management linked to sustainable rural livelihood.
Study report on institutionalizing 'Mother-NGO', nodal agency for training,
monitoring & evaluation as proposed by Shri Anna Hazare Committee, within
the framework of Guidelines for Government sponsored watershed programmes.
Director General YASHADA Committee Report on "Role of NGOs in Hariyali
ResourcesThe Centre has excelled in its activities during the last 5 years. To carry out above activities the Centre has leveraged and built human and financial resources.
Faculty and Staff: The Centre is headed by an Assistant Professor supported by 3 Research Officers, 1 Research Associate and 2 Course Assistants.
Resource Persons: The Centre has a strong network of resource persons from
almost all disciplines of watershed management, rural development,
agriculture, livestock management, fisheries, etc.
Trainers: All through these 5 years a cadre of trainers is developed throughout
the State and the process is ongoing. The trainers are from all disciplines and
working with different line departments and NGOs.
Grants: Department of Land Resources, New Delhi and Department of Water
Conservation, Mumbai through respective DRDAs.
Sponsorships: National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad
Charges: Department of Land Resources and CAPART, New Delhi
Major achievements of the year 2008-09
State level Workshop on Common Guidelines-2008 for Collectors, CEOs,
PDs, SAOs, in coordination with NRAA, New Delhi.
"YASHADA Study Group Report" on Common Guidelines-2008 submitted to
Water Conservation Department, Govt of Maharashtra.
One-day Policy Workshop of State level Water Conservation Advisory
Committee under Chairmanship of Hon Minister Water Conservation.
Policy reports as assigned by Principal Secretary, Water Conservation on
'Methodology for appointment of personnel at SLNA and DWDlf and
'Capacity building strategy for watershed programme'.
Out-reach training programmes conducted in 9 districts on 'Common Guidelines 2008 for Watershed Projects' for district and block officers.
Proposed activities for the year 2009-10
(Sponsored by MoRD, DoLR, New Delhi)
|2||District level (Outreach)||33||1320|
|3||Other (State sponsored)||3||240|
|4||Impact evaluation of IWDP / DPAP projects||Supported by DoLR for 105 projects in 7 districts - Satara, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Amravati, Osmanabad, Sangli & Yavatmal|
|5||Monitoring||33 districts once in two months for each division.|
|6||Mid-term evaluation||TEDT project for development of water-logged and saline lands in Sangli district.|
|7||Project evaluation||CAPART projects in 3 districts.|
Training modules under Common Guidelines 2008
Training programme for Master Trainers
Training programme for Administrative Officers
Out-reach training programme for District and Block Officers
Funds received for training, evaluation & monitoring
Impact of effective watershed management on development of village: A case
study of Hiware Bazar, 2003-04
Study of Swarna Jayanti Swarojgar Yojana (SJSY) in Maharashtra, 2004-05
Participatory Approach to Rural Development: Hariyali Watershed, 2005-06
Prashikshakanche Kaushalya - Marathi (Trainers' Skills), 2005-06
Documentary Pariit ipatory Watershed Hiware Bazar, 2004-05
Details of WDMC faculty & staff
Visiting facultyThe Centre has always sought cooperation from eminent personalities in watershed development and enriched the participants with their knowledge & experience.
Shri Annasaheb Hazare
Shri Vijayanna Borade
Dr. M.A. Ghare
Shri Popatrao Pawar
Shri Vasant Takalkar
Shri Jaywant Mahalle
Shri Dnyandeo Waphare
Shri K.V. Pagire
Shri A.K. Haral
Dr. D.V. Newadkar
Dr. SPS Sharma
Shri K.J. Joy
Shri Suhas Paranjape
Shri Vikas Kharge
Contact details of Watershed Development & Management Centre
Phone :- 020-25608137
Fax :- 020-25608265 / 25608100 / 25608139