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Natural Resource Management


Name of Donor: DFID
Year : 2005 
Area of Coverage: Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh
Achievements: Bundelkhand is a very special region in India and keeping in mind, Srishti designed a tailor-made solution for improving livelihood, judicious utilization of natural resource and managing livestock including management of fallen carcass. SRISHTI designed a tailor made project for Bundelkhand on Strategic Management of Livestock and Fallen Carcass keeping in view the two major component in social development namely Natural Resource management (NRM) and Livelihood. This is a multidimensional and interdisciplinary platform to provide a number of livelihood opportunities, optimum utilization of resources, protection from environmental degradation, augmentation of natural resources, technology transfer, skill development and training, etc. The project found interest in many funding organizations including DFID. The project was sanctioned in principle and planning grant disbursed for deeper study and formulation of concrete action plan. This study was a comprehensive document, based on field survey, PRA findings and critical appreciation of pertaining literature submitted to Development Alternatives, the leading implementation agency of PACS Program, funded by DFID in India.

A research team of Srishti visited Bundelkhand, Ranikhet (Uttranchal), Lucknow; Barabanki to look into issues relating to grass land and fodder, agro forestry, carcass utilization, water shed development, SHG formation, and women empowerment. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was conducted in two development blocks of two districts falling in Bundelkhand area, Tikamgarh in MP and Lalitpur in U.P. The activities of PRA included social mapping, threadbare discussions, and interactive session with villagers; NGO's and development functionaries'. Collection of secondary data was also done.

Workshop was held in Taragram, Orchha, Tikamgarh, Bundelkhand, M.P. on September 25th, 2005. In the workshop 65 participants from various disciplines and sectors were present and 13 formal presentations were made. It was only during the workshop that the proposed interventions for Strategic Management of Livestock and Fallen Carcass were discussed threadbare among the experts from the region of Bundelkhand. Dr. B.W. Ambekar, former Directorate of Agriculture, U.P.; Dr. P.S.Pathak, Director Indian Grassland and Fodder Institute for Management of Agriculture; Mr. Mahendra Kumar, former Deputy Director, Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai; Dr.P.Rai former Director National Centre for Agro forestry Research, Jhansi; Mr.Ashok Srivastava from NABARD; Mr. Raghwesh Ranjan, Assistant Project Manager, Development Alternatives, Taragram; Dr. S.N.Pandey, co-ordinator, Social Group, Development Alternatives, Taragram, Mr.Laxmi Narain Singh, Former Chairman, Zila panchyat, Hamirpur; Mr. Ravindra Singh, Executive Director, Chhattrasal Seva Sansthan, Hamirpur. These were some of the participants who spoke about the proposed intervention and gave profound input regarding the formulation of the project. The tone and the spirit expressed by AVM Sahni for the proposed interventions in Bundelkhand clearly spoke about the growing appreciation for them. 

The project has evinced keen interest from policy planners and the execution of pilot project is possible in near future