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Tarun Bharat Sangh

Rajasthan, India

The Effects of
REgional Water Retention

Tarun Bharat Sangh is a renowned Indian NGO working since 1975 towards climate change mitigation and adaptation by promoting water conservation, sustainable agriculture and rural development in the arid and semi-arid regions of India. TBS is deeply rooted in the philosophy of “Gram Swaraj” or village self-rule. Under the leadership of Waterman Rajendra Singh, Tarun Bharat Sangh has been actively involved in making water everyone’s concern. 

11 perennial rivers have been rejuvenated in Rajasthan India. This area of 6500 square kilometers near the Thar desert, which had extreme water stress has become fertile with year round streams and abundant groundwater. The groundwater level has risen from a depth of 100 meters up to 12 meters. 2000 villages have water again. Rainfall has increased and it's more balanced. When the restoration work began, only 2% of the region was covered by vegetation. Today, it's 48%. Due to the cooling effect of this vegetation, the regional temperature has fallen by two degrees Celsius. Agricultural harvests have increased fivefold. People no longer have to offer their labor in other cities to feed their families and only have to go as far as the village well to fetch water.

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