Where we work
We work in Karnataka in the upper catchment of the River Papagni, covering three of its tributaries in the two districts of Kolar and Chikkaballapur. The region is characterised by hilly terrain with rocky boulders and sparse vegetation. Degraded forest patches and common pastures are a mix of dry-deciduous, tropical thorn and scrub forests, infested with invasive Lantana. In recent years, cultivation of water-intensive crops has resulted in unbridled groundwater extraction, and has depleted the water table to alarmingly low levels.
What we do
We work towards strengthening the Panchayat structure and their subcommittees to enable the restoration and governance of shared natural resources. We also promote sustainable agriculture practices that improve soil health, and encourage the adoption of diversified Natural Resource Management-linked livelihoods.
Impact at a Glance
Thousand Acres of
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"Earlier our SHGs were only limited to financial transactions. When we started working with the village institutions, we got a chance to build our skills through the training programmes that were organised. Now, our SHG meetings have transformed into a platform to discuss women's issues, rights, and participation in the Ward and Gram Sabha. We are involved in the village planning process and have also formed a federation of all our SHGs to collectively put forth our concerns and seek accountability at the Gram Sabha and block level as well."
Bhagyamma, Secretary of Women SHGs Federation
Sugatur Village, Sidlaghatta Block, Chikkaballapur District
"Women of the village collect leaves, fodder and broomsticks from the gomala, and custard apples alone fetch 3,500 rupees, which serves as one of the main sources of income for old women like me."
"Through the meetings, I realised that protecting our Commons will strengthen our livelihoods. We entered 268 acres of common land into the Panchayat Asset Register so that it is not diverted for any other use. The regenerated hillocks now provide fodder for our livestock. We have witnessed more wild animals like jackal, deer, rabbits, star tortoises, and birds on the Commons. We now understand that Commons will help our future generations, and we exist, because our Commons exist."