Community conserves natural resources to protect its future
Used to grow animal fodder and plants for fuel, the land in Tharparkar, Sindh province, is the main source of sustenance for the local community and livestock. Due to frequent droughts and extremely low rainfall, the harvest of seasonal grazing plants has significantly declined. These conditions were further aggravated by over-exploitation of the land by an increasing population.
- More than 38,000 people and 39,454 livestock benefitted in 30 villages.
- 2,000 hectares of land seeded with local grass to provide grazing for livestock.
- 200,000 seedlings of local desert plants planted in the forest nursery.
- 23 water wells were constructed to provide drinking water and 13 water ponds were set up to harvest rain water.
”Low rainfall and high temperatures in the area have decreased the ground water level and because of frequent droughts human and livestock migration to other areas is inevitable”, says Bhoomo Kohli, head of the Village Development Organization of Kohli village, Tharparkar.
UNDP teamed up with the One UN Joint Programme on Environment and the Sindh forest department to provide technical and financial support to rehabilitate and conserve the area’s land resources.
The community participated in developing and carrying out sustainable land management practices, including rain water harvesting and soil conservation. They made the project their own and have raised awareness about sustainable land resources.
As a result, 2,000 hectares of land was seeded with local grass to provide grazing for livestock and 200,000 seedlings of local desert plants were planted in the forest nursery. Women took an active role and planted seedlings in and around their houses. Twenty-three water wells were constructed to provide drinking water and 13 water ponds were set up to harvest rain water. In 30 villages more than 38,000 people and 39,454 livestock benefitted from the project.
“The cemented open wells are a blessing for us as we have access to water near our homes and are saved from long walks to fetch water,” says Lakshmi Bheel, a woman from one of the communities.