AERDS achievements in building up appropriate institutional mechanisms for integrated water resource management based on traditional and indigenous skills, knowledge, cultural values are well recognized and appreciated by cross-section of the society. This recognition propelled AERDS to pursue advocacy route to transform the people-exclusionary policies into inclusive one on issues of rights, conservation, management, pollution, over-exploitation and encroachment of water resources.
In parallel of being a grassroots implementing agency now AERDS also playing a role of an intermediary support level agency that is now expected to deliver the following functions:
- Training staff of NGOs in water harvesting in arid/semi-arid regions of various states.
- Establish the credibility of traditional water harvesting structures
- Help various organisations in activities related to public advocacy and for fighting against repressive Acts of the Government (such as privatisation of water rights).
- Act as mediators between Government interests and civil society, due to the credibility AERDS now enjoys nationally And active role at global, national and state level for influencing policies related to water harvesting and distribution.
AERDS’s efforts of organizing the villages and local communities across the country have resulted in the formulation of the
RashtriyaJalBiradari (National Water Community).
RashtriyaJalBiradari is a network of various like-minded individuals, farmers groups, social groups, VO’s, NGO’s, Research Institutions, social scientist, water experts basically all those who are concerned and have deep interest in the issue related to water.
RashtriyaJalBiradari is engaged in colossal nation-wide struggle on issues of rights, conservation, management, pollution, over-exploitation and encroachment of water resources so as to make people oriented National and State Water Policies, Acts, Authorities etc.
AERDS has launched a nationwide campaign popularly called as NadiBacahoAbhiyan . The nationwide campaign along River Ganga and other small rivers in India is going on relentlessly.
Location: Grass Root Level
Rajasthan covers more than 10% of area on the map of INDIA. Rajasthan, well known for its recurring droughts, belongs to an arid (60%) and semi-arid (40%) region having only about 1% of the total surface water resources of the country to quench its thirst.
ARNOLD FOUNDATION (AERDS’S) works in around 100 villages of the semi-arid region of Rajasthan. The area lies along the foothills and main ranges of the Aravalis, and includes the Sariska National Park. This is a harsh and semi-arid land with temperatures fluctuating from 0 degrees Celsius in winters to 49 degrees Celsius in summers. The average rainfall when the monsoon is kind is around 620 mm. Ninety percent of the rainfall occurs during the monsoon months (July to September).
Topographically, the tract may be divided into two zones: the hilly area, and the plains. Demographically, the area has two major communities; the Meenas, making 60% of the population and are primarily subsistence farmers in the plains area, and the Gujjars comprising 25% of the population who live in the hill areas and are engaged in animal husbandry.
Forests here are deciduous in nature, typical of desert vegetation. The bio-diversity of this region is one of the most significant in the country and about 12000 wild species of flora and over 5000 wild species are found in this area. Most of the ethnic groups and subgroups of the Indo-gangetic plains are found this district.
Location: Policy Level
For policy level advocacy, AERDS had made alliances with the individuals and organizations on the national level. The name of the alliance is RashtriyaJalBiradari. JalBiradari has its chapters in different states of the country. These chapters involve the groups of academicians, activists, bureaucrats, organizations, institutes and youths.
As strategy, AERDS organizes seminars, conferences, rallies, marches for the generating awareness on the natural resources issues of the region. AERDSsupports the movements of the local communities struggling for the conservation and protection of natural resources of the nation. For the promotion of Rain water harvesting, AERDS sends its community experts to the other parts of the country.
AERDSmainly focuses on the conservation and management of the small river basins of the states. It is struggling for the cause of EXCLUSIVE RIVER POLICIES at the national and state level. AERDSintensively working in the Ganga River Basin for restoring its continuous and pure flow (AviralEvamNirmalPravah).AERDShas filed the public interest litigation on the pollution and encroachment of River Mithi and River Devnadi in Mumabi and Pune in the state of Maharashtra . In The state of Uttar Pradesh, AERDS is working on the issues of the River Hindon, River Kali and River Bakulahi, River Pandu in the Western and Eastern part of the state.
ARNOLD FOUNDATION welcomes the volunteers, activists and other interested persons, organizations to visit our field to get more information about us personally.