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The National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) has been set up in November 2006, keeping in mind the need to give a special thrust for overall development of degraded area. A close analysis of various types of rainfed situations would reveal that soil and water conservation, watershed development and efficient water management are the key to sustainable development of rainfed areas. The watershed approach has been accepted as a major theme for development of rainfed areas with a view to conserving natural resources of water, soil and vegetation by mobilizing social capital. Various studies have pointed out the central preoccupation of watershed development projects with soil and water conservation and relative neglect of issues relating to balanced use of natural resources and livelihoods.

Hence in coordination with the Planning Commission, an initiative has been taken to formulate “Common Guidelines for Watershed Development Projects” in order to have a unified perspective by all ministries. During the 11th Five Year Plan, major thrust has been given on developing the untreated areas by implementing watershed program. Hence watershed program called Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP) has been launched by Department of Land & Resource development, GoI. NRAA is working as nodal agency for this program.

Wasundhara State Level Nodal Agency based at Office of Agriculture Commissioner at Pune leads the IWMP program in Maharashtra. IWMP is being implemented through Water Conservation Department in all 33 rural districts of Maharashtra, with financial assistance from the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India and Govt. of Maharashtra.


Lupin Foundation accrued rank number 1 in the list of selected NGOs by Wasundhara as rated jointly by YASHADA and NABCONS.

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