The European Commission (EC) has issued a call for proposals for NGOs in India “to promote integrated water management as a vital element for poverty reduction and sustainable economic development” in line with the National Water Policy which envisages that the water resources of the country should be developed and managed in an integrated manner. The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
- promote water conservation
- increase water use efficiency in agriculture and allied activities to enhance the income of the poor
- promote clean drinking water and sanitation to reduce waterborne diseases and to help prevent malnutrition
The EC will prioritize support to projects which offer an integrated approach to managing the water resources within rural communities, suggesting a participatory community management strategy on water resources, and tackle both health issues as well as livelihood needs of the community.
In view of the relative limited resources made available under this call, the aim is to support pilot projects on water resources management in a community which can demonstrate solutions which use traditional practices as well as environmentally sound low cost new technology. In that context special attention should be paid to solutions which can be implemented by the community itself, eventually involving a component of skills training in the suggested techniques and technologies.