Climate change poses a fundamental threat to the world, natural resources, species, and livelihoods. India is particularly vulnerable to this and is likely to have varied impacts owing to its geographic diversity, stronger dependence on agriculture, and increasing exploitation of natural resources coupled with population growth and socio-economic challenges. Major efforts are required to develop low-carbon and climate-resilient lifestyles. Climate adaptation and mitigation at regional, national, and global level are crucial for a long-term response to climate change. Development Alternatives is working towards influencing climate policy to be future ready.
Pond rejuvenation project funded by ATE Chandra Foundation, aimed at excavating 3,40,000 m3 of soil by rejuvenating 22 waterbodies spread across 100 km between extreme blocks in Fatehpur district to increase surface water capacity. The project resulted in generating 34 crore litre of surface water potential. The excavated soil was used by 576 farmers for cultivation which benefitted approx. 250 hectare of farmland. Other stakeholders included Fatehpur District Administration, PRI members, etc.
Development Alternatives, in collaboration with HCL Foundation, has launched an initiative "Humare Talab Humari Pehchan" to strengthen and restore the pond ecosystems in cluster of villages of Dadri tehsil in Gautam Buddha Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh. Under the two phases of the project, Development Alternatives has rejuvenated 13 waterbodies of 13.33 hectares of catchment area. There has been an overall increase of 51.85 percent of water potential in the rejuvenated ponds. More than 20000 individuals have been directly reached through our interventions in the peri-urban geography.