The Bundelkhand Knowledge Platform is a forum where a meaningful dialogue of ideas and experiences amongst several stakeholders are exchanged lead a sustainable practices for livestock, energy and water security and advocat in appropriate development strategies and livelihood policies for Bundelkhand in the climate change context.
Women stakeholders involved in knowledge dialogue

To synergize actions and impacts of various stakeholders in the Bundelkhand region and to create and demonstrate better models for implementation of government programmes, projects and schemes.
To work towards a Bundelkhand which is as developed as any other region of the world but in a sustainable manner.       
The Region and its Plight

Bundelkhand is situated in the semi-arid region in central India and is spread over 7 districts of Uttar Pradesh and 6 districts of Madhya Pradesh. The majority of the population is socio-economically backward, which primarily survives on subsistence and unsustainable agricultural practices and livestock rearing.

The region has been witnessing drought for 7 years. The water retention capacity of the soil is very low, which compounds the problem of irregular and low rainfall. As a result, the ground water level has reduced at an alarming rate, and 70 per cent of the water bodies have dried up.

These climatic conditions have badly hit the livelihoods of 16 million people in the region. Crop failure – a usual phenomenon in this region – and high indebtedness has resulted in farmers committing suicides. Increasingly, people are migrating out from the region because of livelihood insecurity which is resulting in breakdown of family structure and giving rise to other negative socio-cultural impacts. In such dire conditions, it is expected that the already scarce natural resources will be subjected to more exploitation.

Need for Vikas Manch

Government of India and some State governments have articulated, through initiatives such as the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and National Missions, a vision together with strategies to combat the impacts of climate change. With respect to Bundelkhand, the Government of India has taken note of the special needs of the region and has announced the “Bundelkhand Drought Mitigation Package” primarily to address the vulnerability of the Water and Agriculture sector. Bundelkhand Package has made budgetary allocations for credit, watershed management, water resources, agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture and enhancing forest regeneration. The activities identified have potential for both adaptation and mitigation

One key issue that has remained largely unresolved is to properly recognise the priority areas, among the components that have been identified as needy for support. This can be best recognised if proper planning is in place. There is also need to integrate top-down management with bottom-up implementation of these plans. These and other such plans and packages provide a window of opportunity whereby climate change may be integrated into the planning processes at the village, district and state levels in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, utilizing the forum of Bundelkhand Vikas Manch.

Objectives of the Bundelkhand Vikas Manch
  • Inform practice towards low carbon climate resilient growth
  • Influence policy of the state and central government for mainstreaming climate change in planning and policy
  • Developing substantive arguments in favour of appropriately directing the Bundelkhand Package towards energy and water and resource resilient practices in agriculture, livestock and livelihood creation and supporting monitoring systems for the effective implementation of the Package
Expected Impact
The engagement will focus to chalk out an environmentally sustainable path of development. The discussions will bring forth environment friendly agricultural practices, through optimal use of energy and water – the two most scarce resources in the region – and other green practices. According to the estimates of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), livestock are responsible for 18% of world’s green-house gas emissions – more than the transport sector – and a major factor contributing to land and water degradation. The Vikas Manch would dwell upon environment friendly livestock rearing techniques.
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