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DANWADEP, India

The Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) has supported watershed development programmes in India since the late eighties. Danida’s 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 Danida’s 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.

For further information:
Danida’s Watershed Development Programme (DANWADEP) India
11/1, Sarvapriya Vihar
New Delhi- 16
Tel: 011 6861094-5, 6526384
Email: wacu@nda.vsnl.net.in


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