Nothing Personal About Water – It’s Community Resource

Nothing Personal About Water – It’s Community Resource

Amrita-Esri India to promote sustainability

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Esri India jointly launched “Mera Gaav, Hamara Jal” programme

MUMBAI, Mar 28 (The CONNECT) - To make water sustainability a reality for the communities across rural India, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Esri India jointly launched “Mera Gaav, Hamara Jal” programme.

This program aims to transform the attitudes of the society to view water as a community resource rather than as a personal resource

It aims to empower communities to map and monitor the resources, water quality, practices prevalent in the community, livelihood activities, drainage, weather variability, and climate impacts. This extensive crowd-sourced data will provide the opportunity to derive the water sustainability challenges in each of the communities. Along with this, it will equip the local administration, community organisations, and individuals to develop strategies for water conservation, optimise water usage, develop restoration of water resources, and build awareness of short and long-term impacts. The program which is in its infancy is currently rolled out in villages in Kerala. Within a year, the program is expected to reach 1000 communities in villages across India adopted under the Amrita Serve Program.

Agendra Kumar, Managing Director, Esri India said “Mera Gaav, Hamara Jal'' program will transform the way rural India looks at water sustainability. This would encourage community participation as villagers themselves can collect and provide the data related to water availability, water consumption, etc. The ArcGIS system will be used to create maps and dashboards for understanding trends and patterns, and thereby enabling different stakeholders like the local administration, NGOs, and citizens to take steps for more judicious use of the scarce resource and encourage water conservation.

Dr. P Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham said Water sustainability is a key national priority. “Being home to 18% of the global population, India possesses only 4% of water resources across the world,” he pointed out and explained that this partnership aims to empower villagers to map their water resources by including various aspects like sources, distribution, family wise consumption pattern and their demographic details via Amrita’s EMPOWER community app.

The program is planned to be rolled in a phased approach. As a part of the initial phase, community members will be trained to map and monitor water resources, assess water usage and quality so that they become more water conscious.

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