Workshop Jalagam – S M Sehgal Foundation, in collaboration with DCB Bank and NIRDPR (National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj) as the knowledge partner, held the second chapter of the Capacity Building and Experience Sharing workshop series in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, Maharashtra, on 20th December 2023. Titled ‘Jalagam’ (panlot in Marathi), the workshop was graced by Dr. Debapriya Dutta, Head & Scientist “G” /Adviser, Societal Mission & Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division – State S&T Programme (SSTP) Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, Mr. Gaurav Mehta, Head Public Relations, Marketing & CSR, DCB Bank and Ms. Anjali Makhija, Trustee & CEO, S M Sehgal Foundation. Emphasizing on the bottom-up approach, Dr. Dutta said, “Community adaptability and sustenance mechanisms exist and platforms such as these should be instrumental in enabling the sharing of these local knowledge systems that can further be strengthened through partnerships.”
The panel sessions on models of community participation featured various grassroots champions and village leaders, including Vaishali Chopre from village Wanegaon, Asha Atmaram Komati from Shivani village, Yavatmal district and Amit A. Bhatpude, Geologist, Groundwater Survey Development Agency. Sarpanches from village Ghodegaon, Nidhona, and Shirodi also shared their award-winning work in water management in the panel exploring the role of village-level institutions in building climate resilience. They spoke about community stewardship models that have propelled water security in their villages. Various discussions around models of community participation at the village level, the role of village-level institutions in building climate resilience, and policies and practices in water security were the highlights of the Jalagam workshop in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. Another highlight of the day was a skit on the theme ‘Impact of Climate Change in Marathwada region’ performed by students of masters in social work, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.
The session on plugging policy practice gaps in making rural India water secure had academicians from Dr. Sampat Kale, TISS Tuljapur, Dr. Nitin Prakashrao Patil, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, and Seema Vishnu Sanap from AFPRO.
About Workshop Jalagam Series
‘Jalagam’ marks a significant step toward featuring community adaptability and sustenance mechanisms at the intersectionality of water and climate change. The workshop series aims to foster collaboration and sharing experiences in water resources management and bring out challenges and practices across regions in the states of Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.
“Water, the lack of it impedes progress and sustainability of the nation, its people, and the planet. We cannot ignore the relationship between water and waste management affecting the overall health and water of a nation. The Bank’s CSR projects and activities mainly focus on water crisis, climate change, and sustainable livelihoods & and preferably Nature Based Solutions (NBS) – Mr. Murali M. Natrajan, Managing Director and CEO, DCB Bank
DCB Bank supports, collaborates, and works with communities and experts across India, to implement impactful changes in sustainable livelihood, protection of water, and climate change adaptation projects that are sustainable over the long term. Projects with S M Sehgal Foundation in watershed development have revived more than 5,00,000 square feet of water bodies and ponds and harvested more than 35 crore liters of rainwater. This has positively impacted over 14,000 marginal and small farmers.”
“Many villages have benefited from the combined efforts of DCB Bank and the Sehgal Foundation regarding water conservation and sustainability. The workshop series aims to feature community efforts in resilience and pave the way for addressing the pressing issues of water and climate change” – Anjali Makhija, Trustee and CEO, S M Sehgal Foundation
DCB Bank Limited and S M Sehgal Foundation formed a partnership in 2017 to embark on community projects focused on water. This collaboration has made a significant impact, benefiting more than 14,500 community members across five states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan in India, resulting in the harvesting of over 350 million (35 crores) liters of water. The projects include groundwater augmentation through check dams, rejuvenating ponds for surface water storage, and rainwater harvesting units in schools to enable access to drinking water.