Kethosituo Sekhose, Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, New Delhi receiving the award on behalf of the Nagaland State Land Resources Department in New Delhi on November 13.
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 15 (MExN): The Nagaland State Land Resources Department (NLRD) along with the People’s Science Institute, Dehradun have been jointly declared as the winners in the ‘Community Based Mitigation and Adaptation’ category of the 9th JSW-TOI Earth Care Awards.
The award was received by Kethosituo Sekhose, Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, New Delhi on behalf of the department in New Delhi on November 13.
The Land Resources Department’s community led springshed management initiative in 11 villages was identified and shortlisted as one of the contenders by the panellists of JSW-ToI ECA 2019.
Under this, one pilot project in each district was launched during 2016-17 with technical collaboration from the People’s Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun. The pilot projects have been taken up where communities faced critical water shortages and water quality issues. The objective is to rejuvenate drying/dying natural springs through recharge of the underground aquifers by employing appropriate engineering, vegetative or social interventions.
People of Nagaland are largely dependent on natural springs and ponds for their domestic and agricultural requirements. With the increase in population, demand for water for both domestic and agriculture purposes has increased. Due to developmental activities, deforestation and climate change, there has been acute drop in discharge from natural spring.
Springshed management is considered to be one of the most effective strategies to address the growing demand of water and a way to making the communities more resilient to impact of climate change.
Two technical consultants from Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) engaged by JSW-ToI had undertaken site verification of the works carried out under pilot project for rejuvenation of springs at Thizama village, Kohima district on September 16 and 17, 2019. After thorough examination and eliminations, the Springshed Pilot Project undertaken by LRD Nagaland-PSI Dehradun was voted the winner of ECA 2019 under the ‘Community Based Mitigation and Adaptation’ category.
Earth Care Awards (ECA) is a joint initiative of JSW and The Times of India group which recognizes the actions and innovations for climate change mitigation and adaptation by communities, entrepreneurs, large scale industries, women led enterprises and urban bodies.