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We have Stopped Mountains

India Header"Once the reconstruction is over, everything will be replaced for the better."
Problem:
Every year, rains would wash away roads, footpaths, water bridges and crops due to soil erosion in Kiarad Kalog, a village in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas.
This is just one example of similar challenges facing thousands of villages in this area.

Example of Impact:
With World Bank support, dams, trees and grass have checked soil erosion, containing the damaging waters. This has spurred an economic revival in the project area
  • 235,000 hectares of land treated to reduce soil loss
  • Annual household incomes increased by 25%
  • Drinking supplies improved for 3,800 villages
  • Over 3,000 kilometers of rural roads, footpaths, and mule tracks repaired
  • Milk yields increased by 125%
Approach:
  • Project driven by communities, women "motivators" as focal points
  • Committees identified priorities and worked out solutions
  • Beneficiaries contributed money and labor
  • Transparency in asset management was paramount
Challenges Remaining:
  • Scale up successful model to cover larger areas and more beneficiaries
  • Apply lessons learned to follow-up operations in three new states
  • Harmonize programs that cover natural resources in the area
  • Help local governments improve natural resource management



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