Water Security and Climate Adaptation in Rural India Under MGNREGS & National Water Mission


The Indo-German Project on Water Security and Climate Adaptation in Rural India (WASCA), a bi-lateral project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) is implemented by GIZ (Represented by Govt of Germany). The is operational in five states namely Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. The project period is three years from April 2019 to March 2022.WASCA aims for the following three output areas:

  •  Improved convergence of existing planning and financing approaches

  •  Demonstration of convergent planning, financing and implementation and

  • ·Cooperation with the private sector.

WASCA in Tamil Nadu has identified two most climate vulnerable districts, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvannamalai, through a scientific study based on 18 Climate Vulnerable Indicators developed by Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management, Anna University, Chennai.

The project is implemented in 1289 Gram Panchayats through Composite Water Resources Management Planning and Climate Resilience for water security and adaptation to climate change among rural populations in both the districts. The Department of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, Government of Tamil Nadu is the executing partner of WASCA in Tamil Nadu. It is jointly implemented through Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme under MoRD and National Water Mission under MoJS in convergence with relevant national/state schemes and plans.

The process is adopting the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management and aligned with international policy frameworks such as Sustainable Development Goals and Nationally Determined Contributions through a sub-basin and watershed approach.

GIZ is providing Technical Cooperation by facilitating required partners, knowledge and framework through capacity development of government stakeholders.