A Pioneer Project in Kutch District, Gujarat.
We are on a journey to make a difference...!
K-Marc stands for Kankavati Manage Aquifer Recharge through Communities. The K-MARC team consists of 12 members from different disciplines i.e. geology, engineers, social workers, agriculture from three partner organizations. Equally important in this team there are 08 farmer researchers whom we call Bhujal Jankars. The vision of the entire program is based on specific preamble on Participatory Ground Water management – PGWM, which has been rechristened as K- MARC to create the resonance among the attached stakeholders in a very systematic manner to fulfil the demand and supply side augmentation of the region with standardization of the procedure, creating a robust implementation mechanism through infusion of technological incubation in the present practice to take this program to the next level of saturation which can cater the need of the community and attached stakeholders in sustained manner. The moto of this intervention to demonstrate how communities dependent on shared groundwater resource are addressing the deficit paradigm and vicious cycle which is existing today viz. Knowledge and Information Deficit, Infrastructure Deficit, Institutional Deficit, Technological Deficit and Practice Deficit to an extent to 35 %.
Western most district, Kutch region is climatically characterized as arid region. The region has witnessed low rainfall and drought condition since long back. Major livelihoods depend on potential of water resources. Naturally the region is blessed with good potential aquifers which is the base resource to fulfill the demand. Share of groundwater in fulfilling all water demand is much higher than surface water resource. On other side, the resource is in stage of exploitation and sea water salinity intrusion. Groundwater management is only way to have water secure future. The important gaps to manage the groundwater resource are--Lack of aquifer science in management decision making.-Engaging community for managing groundwater at demand end.-Inefficient techniques and technological alternatives specific to location/aquifer.-Consideration of groundwater as common pool resource.-Integrated planning and collaboration.