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FSD works with several community-led organizations in the Udaipur and Jodhpur regions to maintain local environmental sustainability. Together, we supply local villages the representation, technical solutions, and resources needed to address the challenging environmental conditions of the Thar Desert and southern Rajasthan.
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Interns, volunteers, and donors work with FSD to support programs that:
- Cultivate and promote water resource development and equitable distribution through various methods, including rainwater harvesting, farm ponds, conservation of natural springs, contour trenching, and lift irrigation.
- Convert eroded, barren land into productive orchards using various eco-friendly practices such as the use of bio-fertilizers, green manure, vermi-compost, and bio-pesticides.
- Conduct research on and analyze water harvesting/management systems, vegetative and animal biodiversity, renewable technology integration, crop improvements, creating new markets for farmers, etc.
- Organize and strengthen village-level awareness groups, implement campaigns on natural resource management and biodiversity, provide capacity-building initiatives for community leaders, and identify and preserve vegetative and animal biodiversity.
- Train local communities on the proper use and maintenance of renewable technologies, organic farming methods, and/or forest management.
- Carry out impact assessments, and monitor and evaluate water/natural resource management, sustainable agriculture methods, renewable technology implementation, etc.
- Document environmental degradation caused by local industry, while educating all stakeholders (villagers, the Pollution Control Board, governmental departments, scientists, and NGOs) about the negative health effects of pollution and how to minimize further environmental impact.
- Install renewable energy technology, such as smokeless woodstoves, bio-gas plants, solar stoves, and lamps. BAIF provides the necessary training to rural communities on proper use and long-term maintenance.
- Focus on sustainable restoration, conservation, and redevelopment of land.
- Decentralize control of natural resources to protect the rights of marginalized, rural communities, while educating and empowering individuals to assert their rights.
- Implement watershed, wasteland, and pastureland development initiatives to strengthen environmental controls.
Read more about Environment programs and opportunities initiated by our Community Partners in India.
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