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PRAWAH Uttarakhand
(Participatory Rejuvenation, Afforestation &
Waste-management Along Himalayan-springs)

An Overview

The project PRAWAH is a multi-sectoral approach that promotes public awareness and participation in local litter clean-ups, afforestation drive and actions to improve local environment and to provide clean and safe drinking water to the population dependent on springs in Himalayan region. Rejuvenation of springs is crucial for building resilience to tackle climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. This project was launched in late December 2019 with the aim of rejuvenating and restoring natural water springs in a way that involves active participation of all relevant stakeholders in the community to ensure a sustainable model.

At the initial stage of the project, our focus is to resuscitate the “Khankhara Gadera” (natural water springs locally called as Gadera) has 7km long range from Dewar village to Shri Uttrakhand Ayurvedic Medical Institute College Vidyapeeth in Guptkashi of Rudraprayag district. It is located along the Kedarnath Bio-Reserve forest, originates from Dewar village and confluences with Mandakini River, near Bhainsari village. And it has been planned to replicate this initiative as a model for other such Gaderas in the Himalayan region. The aim and objectives of the project is to achieve the desired outcome as follows,

  • Making the stream plastic free
  • Restoration of bio-diversity along the catchment area through afforestation
  • Impacting the volume of water flow
  • Revival of nutritional and microbial balance of the water
  • Recharging the water capillaries
  • Developing solid waste management system

Activities

  • Implementation: In the implementation phase five major activities have been taken into consideration are cleaning, aggregation, segregation, disposal system, catchment area plantation, Information Education Communication (IEC) activities.

  • Capacity Building Training: Capacity building is the major aspect intended to train all our volunteers turn into master trainers, to give opportunity for exposure visits, conduct training and workshops for local youth and recycling & reusing craft making workshops for converting into best out of waste.

  • Sustainability: For the sustainability measures into our project, regular follow up, accountability, people’s participation, intensive involvement and coordination with all key stakeholders, regular monitoring & evaluation are well-thought-out and planned.

  • Community Mobilisation: Mobilizing the community by bringing together as many stakeholders such as villagers, schools students, members of CBOs, Social Workers, elected representatives of PRIs, ASHA and AWC workers to sensitize them about spring water conservation. This is the most significant step to participate collectively, understand the issues and address the water contamination factors & health impacts. Under this process the activities have been undertaken related to baseline survey, village level meetings, identification of volunteers, identification of vulnerable dumping yards, school level mobilization, cleanliness campaign and street plays.

Milestones at a Glance

  • After baseline survey, community meeting held in Dewar village on 22 December, 2020.
  • 25 dumping yards identified as vulnerable to environmental risks and health problems.
  • 22 volunteers so far identified and selected to carry out the activities on ground on a regular basis.
  • Village committees formed in three villages – Dewar, Sankari and Bahisari, following the village level meetings.
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