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In a bid to conserve rainwater and recharge groundwater for drought-proofing, Indian government has mounted the watershed approach to rainwater harvesting and conservation in a big way. Over US 3.5 billion are being spent by the government, bi- and multi-lateral agencies. However, droughts have kept pace with the investment – increasing in frequency. With India model being a frontrunner for the entire developing world, a story of disaster is being scripted in the sub-continent. However, the approach holds promise if lessons of the past three decades get mainstreamed in the present generation of investment projects. Significant discussions are currently underway amongst the governments and the donors to develop people-centred investment programme that rely more on local wisdom than conventional technologies.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2002

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