|The Danish International Development Assistance (Danida)
has supported watershed development programmes in India since the late eighties.
Danidas programmes presently comprise four major projects in the states of Tamil
Nadu, Karnataka and Orissa, and some minor agroforestry, soil and water conservation
projects implemented by NGOs and coordinated by CAPART. The focus of the projects under
the Danidas Watershed Development Programme (DANWADEP) is on the development of
rainfed areas. The aim of the DANWADEP programme has been formulated so as to assist the
people and the Government of India in developing socially balanced, ecologically
sustainable and replicable landuse models right from the household to eco- system level.
This is to enable rural people in areas under rainfed dryland agriculture to undertake
improved and diversified biomass production for economic growth.
The nodal ministry for DANWADEP Programme is the ministry of
agriculture at the Central level while the department of agriculture of the state
governments is the state level implementing authority. Following the growth of activities
under the watershed development, combined with the emerging of a sector programme
orientation in Danida, a national Watershed Development Coordination Unit (WDCU) was
established in New Delhi in 1994, as a focal point of evolving DANWADEP in India. The day
to day support and advice to the project management is provided through a Danida Project
advisor attached to each project.
Danidas Watershed Development Programme (DANWADEP) India
11/1, Sarvapriya Vihar
New Delhi- 16
Tel: 011 6861094-5, 6526384
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