UBU and our Indian partner organisation, JGVK, just handed in an application to the Civil Society Fund for a new development intervention on sustainable water resources management in West Bengal, India. On a specific level, the project is about balancing needs and use for households and irrigation.
The project is expected to cover a large area in the two West Bengal districts of North- and South 24 Parganas, counting five blocks in the southern part (Basanti, Gosaba, Kultali, Mathuraput II, Patharpratima) and two blocks in the in the northern part (Gaighata, Sandeshkhali II).
We hope to find sustainable solutions to challenges from over exploitation of groundwater, weak embankments and groundwater contaminated by bacteria and arsenic. We will work with local farmers to reduce severe consumption of groundwater for irrigation of rice fields and – in collaboration with local village committees – advocate for financial support for strengthening embankments and improving hygiene for household drinking water.
The project is designed as a natural extension of our recent project on resilience and preparedness for future water related disasters, which is finishing this summer.