Sharing key outcomes from WASCA project at Indian Water Week event
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and GIZ New Delhi, jointly presented empirical learnings from the Indo-German bilateral project Water Security and Climate Adaptation in Rural India (WASCA) at the 7th India Water Week held between November 1 and 5, 2022, in Delhi. It was a multi-disciplinary forum organised by the Ministry of Jal Sakthi, GoI, in partnership with GIZ and other stakeholders, on the central theme of Water Security for Sustainable Development with Equity.
Dr R Rengalakshmi, Director of Ecotechnology – MSSRF, shared hands-on experience and key learnings from the two districts on developing the village-level Composite Water Resources Management Plan (CWRMP) for Ramanathapuram and Tiruvannamalai districts in Tamil Nadu. She discussed how the CWRM plan holistically analyses the water demand and supply from the perspectives of socio-economics, extreme climate conditions, water and agriculture. The plan analyses crucial water challenges, calculates water budget, and proposes measures to improve water security of the selected village. Later, these works were mainstreamed into development schemes such as MGNREGS and Catch the Rain. She also mentioned development of the SCWA tool as part of the upscale process for automation in the hybrid platform using web and mobile technologies. This tool is ready to roll out for Tamil Nadu in partnership with DRD, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.