Natural Resource Management
- From its inception, ODP has been concerned about ecology and its steady depletion. Programs to conserve natural resources were taken up by ODP as early as 1985 – 86, with the help of CRS, under the Food for Work programs.
- However, the initial approach was in a piece-meal manner, with no long term impact and minimal involvement of farming families.
- This led to thinking, reflection and change in approach. ODP’s approach towards environment protection programs became more integrated in 1989, with increased involvement of people in planning and implementation of conservation programs.
IMPACTS OF NRM
- 58219 acres of land treated with earthen bunding – resulting in conservation of 35212 TCM of water every year.
- Ground water level has improved by 30-45 meter.
- 9900 acres of uncultivable land brought under cultivation
- 253 acres of green canopy has been created with plantation
- 12,43,108 plants have been planted with a survival rate of 60 %
- Availability of work increased to cover nearly the entire year
- Average monthly income raised by Rs.200-250 per person per month
- Crop production increased by 30-40%
- Soil erosion is controlled and till now about 91504 metric tones of soil are conserved.
Best Practices- NRM:
- Formation of Central Committees and User Groups .
- Collection of Maintenance Fund.
- Sustainability strategies developed with Asset Management Guidelines. andAffiliation to federations- Mahilodaya and GVSSMO.
Handing over community assets to the Gramapanchyaths.