Forest Research Institute has been engaged by Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, GoI, as Capacity Building Support Agency under the World Bank aided Neeranchal National Watershed Management Project (NNWMP). The inception meeting for this project was conducted in March, 2018. Under this project, a Consultative Workshop cum Meeting on “Decision Support System and Geoinformatics for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Watershed Management” is being held at Forest Research Institute during 30th – 31st July, 2018. The objective of the workshop is to deliberate and share the leads on various techno-scientific inputs like Remote Sensing, GIS, Hydrology to support the Watershed Development Component and positively influence the outcomes and development and maintenance of such desired facility at the State and District levels. A total of 40 participants including the Remote Sensing & GIS experts from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana SLNAs and Scientists of FRI are participating in the workshop.
Dr. Savita Director FRI greeted and welcomed the participants. She said that under the NNWMP, FRI has been entrusted with the responsibility of carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the systematic and specific Capacity Building-related Challenges encountered within the Watershed Development Component – PMKSY with special reference to the project States and recommend realistic solutions to address these within the given framework of the programme through TNA meetings/workshops in all the states. She also made a presentation on the progress achieved by CBSA-FRI of the Neeranchal Project .
Earlier, Dr. SK Sharma Project Coordinator welcomed the gathering. Dr. PK Mathur Capacity Building Expert gave a detailed overview and background about the Neeranchal Project. He said that technological interventions in the Watershed Development activities will improve incremental conservation outcomes and agricultural yields for communities in selected sites and further emphasised on adoption of new processes and technologies into the broader programme in the participating States.
Dr. DS Rathore, Senior Scientist, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee explained about the Decision Support System-Hydrology (DSS-H) which is a planning and monitoring tool for science-based watershed development. He said that DSS-H will assist in planning of appropriate soil, land, crop and water-related interventions at the watershed scale in all the 18 identified districts of nine states.
Mrs Sushila Yadav Head, GIS Cell, SLNA, Rajasthan gave a detailed presentation on Technology Incorporation in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan Project. She said that scientific planning and technology interventions, convergence, peoples’ participation and intensive monitoring are extremely important for making such schemes successful.
The workshop aims at familiarization of Hydrological Innovations and providing update on DSS-H developed by NIH, Roorkee and overview of outstanding application of RS and GIS in watershed management in Rajasthan, insights into the progress of CBSA – FRI and discussion with SLNAs about upcoming Training Needs Assessment (TNA) in the states.
Dr. Manisha Thapliyal Project Coordinator thanked the gathering for their participation in the workshop.