Coodu Trust India

Reaching the Unreached

Watershed Development Programmes

Coodu trust has been working extensively in 14 districts of Tamil Nadu on watershed development and livelihoods developments of the rural communities. The main components of the watershed programmes are community mobilization, awareness creation, training, conducting Partipatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Conducting Socio Economic surveys, mid term evaluation, impact evaluation, documentation and state level IEC material preparation for the components of watershed. The whole exercise was covered for the 522 village Panchayats in Tamil Nadu.

As a part of the component in watershed development Coodu Trust was instrumental in forming 290 CBOs in 9 districts of Tamil Nadu. These associations are the responsible units for the follow up activities and working for the sustainability of the project. All these CBOs were formed, trained and maintained.

Integrated Watershed Management Programme  (IWMP)

Assignment name:
Integrated Watershed Management Programme  (IWMP)
Value  of the Project:Rs: 1800000
Location within country:Karur, Namakkal, Thirunelveli and Thiruvallur districts
Name of Client:Joint Director of Agriculture from  Karur, Namakkal, Thirunelveli and Thiruvallur districts
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader):Project Director :  S. JagadeesanCoordinators : K. Samidurai, D. Srinivasan, N. Suresh,
B. Sailendiran, B. Alamelu, K.Sridevi, R. Sasidevi,
M. Sivkumar, G. MuruganandamTeam Leaders : S. Mahalakshmi, J. Jayasree, T. Balaji,
M. Pugalvendan, M. Maheshwaran, S. Soundrapandian,
K. Mohana, R.M. Sethumadhavan
Narrative description of Project:Integrated Watershed Management Programme  (IWMP) Scheme is under implementation since 2010-11, and has come to this Department along with the National Wastelands Development Board. The development of non-forest wastelands is taken up under this Scheme. The scheme provides for the development of an entire micro watershed in an holistic manner rather than piecemeal treatment in sporadic patches. The thrust of the scheme continues to be on development of wastelands.The basic objective of this scheme is an integrated wastelands development based on village/micro watershed plans. These plans are prepared after taking into consideration the land capability, site condition and local needs of the people. The scheme also aims at rural employment besides enhancing the contents of people’s participation in the wastelands development programmes at all stages, which is ensured by providing modalities for equitable and sustainable sharing of benefits and usufructs arising from such projects.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:

  • Entry point activities for rapport building
  • IEC awareness and dissemination
  • Conducting Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) in Micro watershed area and prepared an action plan for project implementation
  • Organizing District level Capacity building training to Watershed user groups, SHGs and User groups.
  • Formation of women SHGs in watershed area
  • Convergence with all Govt. line departments
  • Participatory micro level planning in watershed user groups and commodity groups
  • Conducting and coordinating exposure visits
  • Development and conservation of common Property Resources.
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