Collective action

Through an intensive planning process, village communities, with support from the grassroots activists, prepare Water Use Master Plans(WUMP), which is an action plan for management and revival of water and other natural resources at the village level. These are submitted to Government agencies and village authorities for execution. The process empowers the community to address inequalities in the distribution and usage of water resources. More than 70 WUMPs have been prepared and implemented successfully in the last five years.

The campaign also extensively mobilizes voluntary labour contribution by the community- shramdaan. This has led, particularly in the times of drought, to revival of several water bodies and even rivers in many states of India. For example, in Maharashtra five rivers, in Uttar Pradesh Keerat Sagar Lake and in Karnataka big lakes have been revived through community action.