Project Background and Scope

The Government of Uttarakhand through the Watershed Directorate (WMD) has received a credit from IDA for implementation of Uttarakhand Decentralized Watershed Development Project (UDWDP Phase - II). The project development objective (PDO) is: "to increase the efficiency of use of natural resource and productivity of rain-fed agriculture by participation of the communities in selected micro-watersheds of the State of Uttarakhand."

Objective of the project:

  • Community participation in watershed development and management aimed at improving and sustaining the productive potential of natural resources and rain-fed agriculture while simultaneously enhancing incomes and livelihood options;
  • Strengthening administrative capacity of GPs to manage project financial resources, implement sub-projects, deliver legally mandate service (in the Context of natural resource management), and to sustain those services beyond the duration of project.
  • Ensuring equitable participation of all groups especially the landless and women who rely disproportionately on common-pool resources for fodder, fuel and other forest products.

Under the project the coverage will be as follows:

  • A total of about 2.638 Lac hectares of land in the middle Himalayas ranging from 700 meters to 2700 meters above sea level are to be treated under this project.
  • A total population of about 3 Lakh residing in 55600 house holds to be covered from
    • 509 GPs,
    • 18 blocks and
    • 8 districts of both Garhwal and Kumaon regions of Uttarakhand

In the Tehri Garhwal District, the Decentralized Watershed Development Project is operating in the Jaunpur block. The block has 78 Gram Panchayat (148 Revenue Villages), that come under project area.

The project area is further divided in three units namely:

  • Thatyur
  • Kempty
  • Nainbagh

Agro-climatic Zones

According to Geographical, condition, the project area is divided broadly into three economic zones: High hills, Mid Hills and Lower Hills (Valleys).

Key Indicators

The achievement of the ABSO will be determined using the following key indicators based on a base line survey (carried out during the first year), mid-term assessment and final evaluation. The broad key indicators shall be:

  • Improved natural resources management (NRM) outcomes in target MWS.
  • Improved agricultural practices and irrigation facilities.
  • Cost- benefits analysis of each agricultural crop.
  • Increased productivity of arable lands.
  • Percent increase in income through project interventions.
  • Direct project beneficiary.

Project Components

Social Mobilization and Participatory Watershed Planning

  • Social Mobilization
  • Preparation of GPWDP/MWS plans

Watershed Treatment and Rain-fed Area Development

Watershed Treatment and Source Sustainability

  • Watershed Treatment
  • NRM Demonstration

Rain-fed Agriculture Development

  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Fodder Production

Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities

  • Agribusiness Support
  • Support for Vulnerable Groups
  • Consolidation of Gramya-I Activities

Knowledge management

  • Capacity Building of Stakeholders
  • Centre for Excellence for Watershed Management
  • Information Education and Communications
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning