An initiative by Department of Land Resources with the World Bank
With Four major Components
The project has four components with a total estimated cost of US$ 357 million over six years. The project would be co-financed by the GoI and the World Bank in equal ratio. -
Multi Dimensional Support
At present, watersheds are identified and prioritized based on parameters that do not consider the scientific landscape-level catchment perspective which can ensure optimal hydrological outcomes over an extended area in the long term. -
A Watershed Program
The programme envisages to restore the ecological balance by harnessing, conserving and developing degraded natural resources such a soil, vegetative cover & water through watershed management initiatives.
A program funded by World Bank and Implemented by DoLR
Rain-fed agriculture accounts for 68% of India’s cropped area, providing livelihoods to 480 million people. Of the 127 agro-climatic zones in India, 73 are rain-fed areas, characterized by constraints in water availability, higher poverty ratios, lower population density, and difficult access to markets, employment and services. These regions are more susceptible to drought, land degradation and environmental stress.
The project will be implemented in selected sites in nine states: Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha ,Rajasthan and Telangana.
These states were selected on the area of rainfed agriculture lands, poverty levels, IWMP being under active implementation and willingness to participate in the project and cost-share in state level activities.