Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)
Almost 60% of annual budget of INR 60,000+ crores under MGNREGS is earmarked for employment and livelihood asset creation, mostly for land and water resource restoration in villages. Rural communities often find it challenging to identify and plan for water conservation initiatives. Composite Land Assessment and Restoration Tool (CLART) is a tool which equips MGNREGS functionaries and communities to appropriately identify, plan and design structures based on recharge potential, land use land cover and slope.
Tools such as CLART have helped rural communities easily understand the topography of their lands and take faster decisions on their soil and water conservation initiatives. Colour coded recommendations provide ease in assessing the function of a structure i.e. recharge or storage. The android-based tool is now positioned for deployment at scale across states via several MoUs. For example, the tool has been used for the planning and designing of soil and water conservation measures under MGNREGS for more than 1,60,000 hectares across seven districts in Rajasthan. The tool is also being used to develop plans in 62 Panchayats in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka for the restoration of the catchment area of River Papagni, in collaboration with the district administration. This has enabled panchayats to engage with governments and secure MGNREGS support.