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Water management and wateravailability in a subwatershed,Tamil Nadu, India: Vattenhushållning och vattentillgång i ettdelavrinningsområde, Tamil Nadu, India
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

India is a country with progressing technical and economical development, but the

development is not evenly distributed. Farmers in the Indian rural areas are struggling.

There are worries that climate changes could have a negative impact on agriculture.

This study was performed in Kancheepuram with support from the non-governmental

organization Hand in Hand.

The aims of this study were to analyze effects on agriculture due to watershed

management in a village and to describe the crop patterns in a village and compare the

yield with a village without watershed management.

Data was collected by interviewing farmers in the villages Arapedu and Tenpakkam. In

Arapedu watershed management was applied and in Tenpakkam it was not. Data

collected by Hand in Hand on precipitation, village records, well inventory and maps

were analyzed.

The water level in the wells increased in most wells between 2007 and 2008, but due to

short data series it was not possible to affirm if this was due to the watershed

management or increased rainfall in the early months of 2008 compared to 2007. No

evidence of change in precipitation in the area was observed. Only precipitation data

was analyzed since other climate data was absent. Hand in Hand was working within a

broad spectrum in the village. Apart from the watershed project they are working with

empowerment of women´s situation, self-help groups, microfinance and against child


This study period was too short to confirm effects of watershed management. However

this study can be used as a baseline study for future evaluations.

Key words: Rainwater harvesting, watershed management, Tamil Nadu

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 54 p.
UPTEC W, ISSN 1401-5765 ; 12006
Keyword [en]
Rainwater harvesting, watershed management, Tamil Nadu
National Category
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182810OAI: diva2:560794
Educational program
Master Programme in Environmental and Water Engineering
Available from: 2012-10-16 Created: 2012-10-15 Last updated: 2012-10-16Bibliographically approved

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