The Water Security and Climate Adaptation in Rural India( WASCA), is an Indo-German, bi-lateral project. It is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and the Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS). The project has been implemented by GIZ, represented by the Government of Germany in India from April 2019 to March 2022. MSSRF is the lead technical resource organization. The project aimed to achieve three main outputs namely improving existing planning and financing mechanisms, developing climate-resilient measures and strengthening cooperation with private stakeholders.
In Tamil Nadu, WASCA is implemented in Ramanathapuram and Tiruvannamalai districts in 429 and 860 GPs respectively. The CWRM plans identified 5,47,948 works in Tiruvannamalai and 6,54,296 in Ramanathapuram as potential plans covering public and common land, agriculture and allied sectors and rural infrastructures. In addition, 15 and 22 climate-resilient measures were piloted to enhance the adaptation capacity in both Tiruvannamalai and Ramanathapuram districts separately. These works have the potential to make significant impacts mainly in augmenting water resources, and increasing green cover and employment opportunities.
At the larger level, these works were directly linked and significantly contributed to five important Sustainable Developmental Goals 6, 12,13 15 and 4 and three Nationally determined contributions. More details are found at http://tnwasca-mgnrega.org/
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.