Regeneration of the Natural Resource base through Participatory Watershed Development in Dhule & Nandurbar Districts, Maharashtra, India
The Rationale :
Dhule and Nandurbar districts are poorest districts of Maharashtra in terms of per capita domestic product. As per the Maharashtra Human development report 2012, HDI of Dhule is 0.671 and Nandurbar is 0.604. Dhule is ranked as 26 and Nandurbar is ranked as 34 out of 34 districts. Both are the backward districts as identified by Planning Commission, MLP Division, for Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana.
Dhule and Nandurbar are prioritized 97th and 138th respectively as per rainfed area priority rank among the analyzed 499 districts in India by National Rainfed Area Authority, Planning commission of India, The selected districts fall in double exposed category of climate vulnerability index. Existing ground water status of Dhule is 53.55% and Nandurbar is 30.1%.
Nandurbar is a tribal district, with 62% tribal population and 75% of the rural population belonging to different tribes. Three of the six blocks have a tribal population of more than 80 per cent (Census, 2011).
Harvest a cumulative 35 Billion Liters of runoff water over the project period and control soil and water erosion over 8207 Hectares of agriculture land through soil and water conservation measures.
Increase agriculture productivity of the 7460 hectares by 20% over 2013 baselines.
Increased productivity of natural and other resources that contribute to improve quality of life, especially of the poor as well as greater resilience to climate-induced shocks.
Develop a community led knowledge hub for promotion of good agriculture technologies and package of practices.
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