On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, The British Asian Trust salutes our partners in India who are catalysing communities to conserve water in the Rajasthan desert.
A United Nations Observance on 17 June, World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought aims to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought.
Trust partner Wells for India, a UK charity, works in partnership with local organisations in Rajasthan to support village projects for water harvesting and long-term improvement of water supplies. The Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF), another Trust partner, mobilises communities at grassroots level to develop and manage ecological resources, especially water, in Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. The foundation promotes traditional water harvesting systems and local strategies for adapting to climate change.
Support from The Princes’ Charities’ is enabling Wells for India and the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation to develop two model villages in the Thar Desert to showcase traditional water management practices for adapting to climate change. The villages will also be developed as models for demonstrating best practice in waste water and solid waste management.