COODU has achieved recognition for its work in the field of Watershed Management by the Government of Tamil Nadu as well as National bodies such as NABARD and CAPART. The watershed activities of COODU are implemented in the districts of Coimbatore, Ramanathapuram (Ramnad), Namakkal, Krishnagiri, Virudhunagar Cuddalore and Dindigul.
COODU has successfully implemented watershed programmes in 276 watersheds covering approximately 1,33,000 ha. Out of this total area, around 14,600 ha have been reclaimed for agricultural activity. In around 24,760 ha, agro-forestry measures have been implemented, around 5,480 ha have been brought under horticulture crops.
The various schemes under which such watershed and drought proofing programmes are conducted include:
- Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP) (IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and X Batch)
- Integrated Wastelands Development Project (IWDP)
- Restructured National Wasteland Development Programme in Rain fed Areas (NWDPRA)
- Tamil Nadu Comprehensive Wasteland Development Project (TNCWP)
- NABARD – Watershed Development Fund Assisted Programme
- CAPART – Drought Proofing Project
- Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP)
- Western Ghats Development Programme
Watershed development: Exposure Visits
Exposure visits to model watershed projects within the state and other states in the country form an integral part of Watershed programmes. COODU organises several exposure visits to various Watersheds, Agriculture Research Institutions and Model Farms.
- Model Watersheds in Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Periyakulam, Nilgiris, Karur districts TN
- Botanical Gardens – Kodaikanal TN
- Muthumala Reddy Farm, Chengleput TN
- Animal Husbandry Research Station – Kattangulatur, Chennai TN
- TN State Training Centre – Kudumimamalai, Pudukotai TN
- Ralegaon Siddhi – Pune, Maharashtra
- WOTR, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
- MYRADA – Mysore, Karnataka
- ICRISAT and NIRD – Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
- BHC Agro-India Ltd (Israel technology) – Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh
TN- IAMWARM Project: Capacity building for Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM)
COODU has undertaken Capacity building of Water Users Associations (WUAs) for Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) in the sub-basins of Upper Vaigai, Varattar – Nagalar, Upper Gundar, Sindapalli Uppodai, Therkar and Senkottaiar lying in the Districts of Madurai, Virudhunagar and Theni in which the following tasks were carried out.
- Identification of key issues (homogeneity of community, gender issues, power relations) and development of a vision for each WUA.
- Awareness campaigning.
- Organising walkthrough surveys and water walks.
- Build capacity for effective water distribution among farmers.
- Suggest ways and means of achieving water use efficiency, by adopting water management and agro engineering technologies such as micro irrigation, fertigation and other water harvesting techniques.
- Build capacity of WUAs for handling own-management works (small civil works).
- Building linkages with the WRD and other line departments for ensuring WUAs sustainability.
- WUAs to undertake “Social and Financial” audits as envisaged in the TNFMIS Act.
- Build capacity of the WUAs to organise managing committee meetings, general body meetings & sub-committee meetings, mobilise the members, maintain records, office upkeep etc.
- Effective communication and conflict resolution.