Green Revolution is about rainwater harvesting.
Let us catch water where it falls. Let it transform human lives.
Let it change social existence. If this happens, the world will
be transformed. The world will merely be an agglomeration of
- Anil Agarwal
The Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi based non-governmental
organisation (NGO) has been promoting the revival of traditional systems
of water harvesting as a practical solution for drought proofing the
affected areas. The organisation has developed a comprehensive strategy
to further the impact of its campaign for participatory, equitable
and decentralised paradigm for water management. A look at the Jal
The journey so far
CSE set out to undertake a massive exercise- to document India's
traditions in rainwater harvesting.
Organised a national conference on India's traditions in water
Dying Wisdom: The rise, fall and potential of India's traditional
water harvesting traditions-a book with a powerful message.
Organised Potential of Water Harvesting: Technologies, Policies
and Social Mobilisation, an international conference of water
harvesting practioners and thinkers. President K R Narayanan inaugurated
it and Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh closed it.
January, Released Water Links, a directory of water harvesters
in India and abroad.
February, Began publishing bimonthly newsletter, Catch Water.
April, Launched National
Water Harvesters Network, with its first state unit set up
in Chennai, under Dr A Vaidyanathan. A national steering committee
was formed to guide the network members.
Began Water Harvesting Advisory Services to provide designs to
people, free of cost.
May,Led its first Paani Yatra (Water Pilgrimage) to Gujarat. It
has since organised four such trips in different parts of the
June,Released a manual on Urban Rain Water Harvesting.
Agarwal addressed Prime Minister, members of Union Cabinet and
state governors to drive home the significance water harvesting.
March, Published Making Water Everybody's Business: Practice and
Policy of Water Harvesting, a manual to make water harvesting
a mass movement.
July, Unveils its first Rain Centre-a permanently set up exhibitions
that seek to spread water literacy among urban Indians--in Chennai,
in collaboration with Akash Ganga Trust
October, Launches its Campaign to Protect Urban Wetlands with
a two-day long workshop; constitutes a core committee of experts
and individuals working on the issues; and sets up CSE Lake Net,
a web-based discussion group
Sets up a chain of eleven model rainwater harvesting projects
in Delhi, as tools to establish the fact that the technique can
be implemented successfully by all concerned individuals in urban
India who are looking for a way to fulfill their own demands.
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