Ladakh Ecological Development Group
Duration of the Project
Minimum 4 years (starting date – January 2010)
Total Funds Required
The Notified Area of Leh town
Number of beneficiaries to be reached
6580 households in the Notified Area (according to 2001 Census)
Beneficiary Profile (Socio-Economic Status & Levels of marginalization)
The project is aimed at benefiting all residents of Leh, including the socio-economically weaker groups, and women and children.
The project was necessitated by the increasing private use of groundwater in Leh town, which was juxtaposed against a situation of fluctuating precipitation over the years, and lack of any regulation or monitoring mechanisms for the use of groundwater. Since the public water supply to every citizen of the town also depends almost entirely on groundwater, it was anticipated that at some point there would be a conflict between public needs and private demands.
To create a comprehensive, knowledge based approach to sustainable use and management of water in Leh town.
To generate adequate scientific data and understanding of groundwater and its availability in the Leh town catchment, and to win the cooperation of the various stakeholders on the issue.
To generate scientific knowledge regarding the nature and extent of the groundwater resource.
To identify alternative technological solutions of water use practices for sustainable groundwater management, and to disseminate the information among the user groups.
To disseminate information regarding groundwater and alternative technological solutions among the stakeholders and decisionmakers in order to promote awareness towards the need for sustainable groundwater management; and to assist the above-mentioned groups in developing and promoting guidelines and policy strategies for the same.