Natural Resource Management
Environmental resources are essential to the survival of semi-arid villages in Rajasthan, but for years common grazing grounds were taken advantage of and this coupled with water scarcity problems led to degraded land and inevitable migration to the cities. The marginal, often landless herders and farmers depend on these pastures for fodder, fuel, timber, soil and medicinal herbs. GVNML works with locals to cultivate a new, mutually beneficial partnership with nature. Restored pasture lands are now used to help retain monsoon rain for fertile soil, and climate change adaptation is taking place using natural methods such as maintaining green cover. Ensuring the availability of clean drinking water is also a big part of GVNML’s work in natural resource management.