Groundwater Governance through Panchayat Raj Institutions in Andhra Pradesh (GwGPRI-AP) Project

In the year 2015, SYA started implanting the initiative by name “SGroundwater Governance through Panchayat Raj Institutions in Andhra Pradesh (GwGPRI-AP) Project". This project is being funded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO of UN) and Government of Andhra Pradesh. The following activities have been carried out by SYA under this GwGPRI-AP Project at Gooty area, Anantapur district, execute the following activities:

About GwGPRI-AP PRoject

The ‘Groundwater Governance through Panchayat Raj Institutions in Andhra Pradesh’ pilot project is being implemented in five districts of Andhra Pradesh (Anantapur, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool, and Prakasam), where FAO-APFAMGS successfully demonstrated the impact of demand-side water management in managing groundwater distress. In the pilot phase, the project aims to refurbish all groundwater monitoring infrastructure and establish linkages with Gram Panchayat for improved governance of this key resource. This initiative is co-funded by FAO and the Government of Andhra Pradesh. It is expected that the pilot initiative will develop a model for upscaling the project to cover all areas in these five districts. 

The pilot project’s duration is one year. The project has two major components. The first focuses on revitalizing the GMCs and HUNs formed under APFAMGS in 518 villages of the five districts. Additionally, it invests in repairing the PHM monitoring equipment to ensure that data collection is restored and collected regularly. APFAMGS promoted Groundwater Monitoring Committees (GMCs) and Hydrologic Unit Networks (HUNs)  are taking lead in technical data generation, water budgeting, crop planning and crop adoption. The second component focuses on initiating groundwater governance through Gram Panchayats in 72 villages of Kurnool district. This includes elements of water sharing to improve equity and access to water and thereby control new drilling and unsustainable water-use. 

This pilot is being implemented in close collaboration with the groundwater and agriculture departments both for design of data collection formats and also for data validation. Additional inputs will be drawn from the departments of Groundwater, Rural Water Supply department, District  Water Management Agency (DWMA), Micro Irrigation, Agriculture,  Horticulture, Forestry, Soil Conservation, and Animal Husbandry in these districts as required. more.......


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