A multi-stakeholder engagement to provide water security by adopting scientific method on springshed management in 100 rural areas of Nagaland was launched on Wednesday. The project under the springshed management covers 11 districts.
A group comprising government departments – Rural Development and Land Resources, Tata Trusts, Arghyam, Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), People’s Science Institute (PSI), NEIDA and Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS) will work together for three years on the project.
Resources from government’s existing programmes would be combined with non-governmental organisations like Tata Trusts and Arghyam . The programme is expected to build capacities at village and district level – and will undertake springshed management through a science-based participatory approach.
The project further aims at strengthening community-level institutions, both formal and informal, to ensure local ownership and management to sustain the intervention beyond framework of this project.
On the criteria for selection of villages, it was told that the villages dependent on spring water for domestic consumption, having acute drinking water shortages and water quality issues were selected for the project.
Also, the villages with better accessibility and reasonably good roads to facilitate supervision and monitoring of fieldwork, village clusters with three or four villages per cluster and villages willing to collaborate and cooperate with the government and NGOs for springshed development activities were also selected.