This Webinar addressed the outcomes of the MARVI Project. It was also a pre-cursor for the MARVI Workshop in India 30th-31st May 2017.
Prof Basant addressed why MARVI is critical to villages globally as it considers groundwater monitoring, recharge, planning and sustainable use.
Prof Basant Maheshwari's research focusses on water and its interactions with the landscape. This includes modelling and analysing the water cycle for long-term water resource planning at a regional l... Read more
The MARVI project is focused on developing a village level participatory approach, models and tools to assist in improving groundwater supplies and reducing its demand through the direct involvement of farmers and other affected stakeholders.
A unique feature of MARVI is the use of scientific measurements by citizens through the engagement of Bhujal Jankaars (BJs), a Hindi word meaning ‘groundwater informed’ volunteers. With appropriate training and capacity building, BJs monitor groundwater levels and quality, making sense from a village perspective of what is happening to village groundwater availability. BJs convey this information to farmers and others in their own language.
Groundwater level represents the integration of recharge, pumping and flow processes and is a direct measure of groundwater availability and the success of any collective management practices. BJs are an effective, trusted and valuable interface between village communities and government agencies, NGOs and researchers.