Lobo, C.

The Rains Decided To Help Us: Participatory Watershed Management in the State of Maharashtra, India

An Economic Development Institute (EDI) Learning Resource Series of the World Bank. The journal is a case study that describes the process of participation during the implementation of a watershed development program in the village of Pimpalgaon Wagha India. It highlights joint action by a number of stake holders namely; an NGO, Social Centre, government representatives and the local people with case studies, giving an insight into the process of participatory development. It has an overview of the Biomass Resource Base in India, background information of Pimpalgaon Wagha.

The Rain Decided to Help Us

The participatory watershed development programme has been ongoing since 1989, though nearing completion. The entire village community is included. The booklet illustrates indicators of programme impact, which the report discusses in greater detail. The links between different actors are strong, and it has proved possible to expand the project to other villages in the region. It is felt that some influence on macro-policies, such as use of the forest by local populations has also ben acheived. The participatory approach taken is explored, as the key influence on the programme.