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1 VIKSAT Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction Profile Presentation

2 History Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai founded Nehru Foundation for Development – NFD (1966). NFD initiated 4 organisations to initiate theme based programmes for overall development of the Society o Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre (1966) o VIKSAT (1977) o CHETNA (1980) o Centre for Environment Education (1984)

3 Philosophy VIKSAT believes that Goals of sustainability in natural resource management can be achieved only through decisive participation of the communities who constitute the primary stakeholders of the resources in the local area.

4 Brief about campus The 14 acres campus is situated at Thaltej, Ahmedabad Diverse floral elements; Total of 1560 trees belongs to 200 different species Wonderful ecosystem with mighty trees (inclusive of 150 medicinal species), lianas, shrubs, herbs, butterflies, reptiles, birds and mammals. Has combination of maintained and wilderness area in one campus. Diverse and beautiful species of palms, bamboos and climbers. Attracts nearly 100 bird species.

5 VIKSAT Campus at Ahmedabad

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7 Medicinal Nursery VIKSAT Campus

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9 Thrust Areas Forest Land and Water Natural Resource Management Sustainable Livelihoods Creation of sustainable people’s Institutions Sustainable Agriculture Women’s Empowerment

10 Geographical coverage Currently working in almost 150 villages in northern and eastern Gujarat Presence in 5 districts of Gujarat i.e. Banaskantha, Kachchha, Mehsana, Patan and Sabarkantha. Covers mostly the eco sensitive regions having fragile natural resource base. Has benefited close to families through variety kind of interventions With strong focus on nurturing peoples’ institutions we have 467 SHGs – 6105 members 336 Pani Samitis – 2708 members 96 Tree Growers Co-operative Society – members 37 Farmers’ Clubs – 407 members

11 Major Initiatives Joint Forest Management Programme Integrated Grassland Development Programme in Kachchh Watershed development projects Watershed plus: enhancing livelihood resilience of the tribal communities Drought proofing and ravine land development programme National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP) Water and sanitation programme for salt pan workers Development planning and assessment Umbrella Programme for Natural Resource Management Landscape development

12 Joint Forest Management and Protection

13 Watershed development – participation is the key to success

14 Participatory planning with stakeholders

15 National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP)

16 Wasteland development programme

17 Documentation and dissemination Publication of Research results. Presentation of Research papers in International Forums. Working Papers for limited circulation. Publication of Articles in Journals and News Papers. Disseminating results of successful improved methods and models through electronic media (CD, Television, Radio) - Sargasan Model - Roof-top Rainwater Harvesting Participate in Exhibitions: Wall posters, Acrylic model of RWH and VIKSAT Publications. Participating in Web (e-network) based debates.

18 IEC material on water Rainwater harvesting- A Panacea for Gujarat’s Urban Water Crisis (CD) Interactive CD on Rain Water Harvesting Publications Managed Aquifer Recharge: and assessment of its role and effectiveness in watershed management Augmenting Ground water Resource thought artificial recharge Groundwater Availability and Pollution Groundwater Law: The Growing Debate The Fluid Mosaic Managing Groundwater resources in rural India: The community and beyond RWH Brochure

19 Thank you Contact Details VIKSAT Nehru Foundation for Development Thaltej Tekkra Thaltej, Ahmedabada – Phone – , Fax –


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