“The example of Kothapally, Andhra Pradesh’s rural society in the semi-dry center of India, shows us that the collective management of natural resources, and especially of water, is just beginning.”
Indeed, access to water is a major challenge at Kothapally, and more generally in India.
Attempting to settle this situation, the local community has started to develop simple techniques so as to collect and preserve water.
This project distinguishes itself by a global approach (the process considers “technical, social and economic aspects regarding water and agriculture”) and a participative process (as it was crucial to have the villagers keeping up this project in the long-term to make the change effective).
What about the results?
According to a recent study (2011), “the rain streaming has been cut by half”, “the level of the water table has increased by 200 %” and “the community wells stay full even during the dry season”.
By this very fact, “Asian and African experts in water management often come to the village because its participative management, on the catchment area scale, has been established as a successful model for collective water management.”
[Source: Youphil.com / Author: Jerôme Bossuet / Date of publication: March 9,2012]
Translated from French by: Augustin Gosset