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Reviving the Wetlands of Karnataka: Bashettihalli

The Bashettihalli wetland in the Bengaluru rural district of Karnataka held little to no water, due to degradation of the catchment and land use changes around it, including loss of connectivity with upstream wetlands which are part of a cascade system. WWF India and Nokia’s partnership to revive the cascade wetland system of Bashettihalli is the work of multiple stakeholders coming together, joining hands and successfully implementing better wetland management. 

Multi-stakeholder Involvement

Bringing together a varied group of stakeholders to a common platform led to the development of a successful wetland rejuvenation plan. Representatives from industries, gram panchayat, community members, the Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore Rural, and the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board came together to revive the Bashettihalli wetland cascade system.

Community Ownership

WWF India and Nokia’s engagement with various stakeholder groups, capacity building and awareness programmes let the communities actively participate and monitor on-ground conservation initiatives. 

Policy and Advocacy

State-level training workshops engaging district wetland managers, all important stakeholders including the district administration and Gram Panchayat was convened to strengthen wetland conservation efforts in the state. Now, this multistakeholder platform can be used to continue developing wetland rejuvenation plans across Karnataka.

On-ground Practical Implementation

The rejuvenation process of the wetlands included clean up drives, wastewater treatment, using clean water technology, de-weeding the wetland, desilting, large-scale tree plantations in the catchment area, restoring the wetland network, and water connectivity.

Education and Awareness


A Water School Programme was developed for school children to build a relationship with nature, understand the significance of conserving the Bashettihalli wetland system, and guide them to becoming young water stewards.

Three years ago, a community member, Anand, a resident of the Bashettihalli village had to drill a borewell in his farmland, due to the water scarcity. The wetlands that provided water to him had been dry for over a decade. But, the borewell did not solve the problem – the groundwater level was too low.  Things have changed since – the wetlands in Bashettihalli received water in 2019 for the first time after 15 years. Anand says, ‘All the villagers are finally receiving water for drinking purposes and irrigation! We are hopeful that there won’t be water scarcity the next summer.’

Key Achievements

Reviving over 30 hectares of wetland area, the connectivity between the cascade wetlands has led to the free inflow of water into Bashettihalli. After 15 years of dry spell, the Bashettihalli wetland finally received water from the catchment and cascade wetlands!

Article Courtesy: WWF India.

   
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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013


The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to [email protected]

Contact:
Matt Carr
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248
[email protected]