Currently diverse players are doing groundwater monitoring across the country from many government bodies, NGOs, academics, and citizens. This results in large amounts of data on groundwater, which is available in various formats, styles and languages. Further, this data can be collected using differing methodologies. Given the lack of standardisation that exists today, it is difficult to ascertain how much data exits, where it lies, how useful it is and if it can be accessed .Also, without proper baseline data with which to compare, it is difficult to benchmark the progress that the government is making with their own data collection and aquifer mapping programs. By creating a repository, Arghyam is encouraging players to share data, evaluate what is good, and then ground truth government programs by providing data grounded in standardised data collection whose quality has been proven by civil society.
A primary audience is the Participatory Groundwater Management (PGWM) coalition ,as these organisations are already a part of Arghyam’s network and are invested in community driven management of groundwater resources, that includes sound data management. This group can be leveraged to use their data to give feedback to government aquifer mapping initiatives. Apart from coalition members, NGOs that do watershed development, groundwater management, and general monitoring of an area, will also be invested in this repository.
Apart from NGOs, practitioners, academics, government agencies, the public will also find this data to be useful. Tools can be developed that allow interested people to choose a location and get an accurate picture of their groundwater situation and ways to participate in maintaining their resources.
By creating a place for aggregating and evaluating data as well as a system that allows putting in data and then filtering out information based on parameters will be a benefit to all who work in the sector.
The data repository that will be created, will allow filtering of data by various parameters, evaluate quality of data and standardise data methodology.
ACWADAM promotes groundwater hydrogeology and conducts research on water resources, particularly on the science of groundwater, with an emphasis on sustainable and equitable management. It aims to develop a demystified understanding of the science of groundwater from a “common pool” perspective. It improves approaches to watershed development and groundwater management through hydro geological inputs.
PSI, a non-profit organization working in the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, aims to eradicate poverty through the empowerment of the poor and the productive, sustainable and equitable use of natural and human resources.
WASSAN, a national level, network-based, non-profit organisation, is engaged with variety of natural resource management programs funded by multilateral agencies in four districts of Andhra Pradesh. It aims to entrench participatory processes through a network approach that strengthens natural resources management practices in order to secure the livelihoods of communities in drought-prone areas.
ACT, a non- profit organization working in Kachchh region of Gujarat, aims to strengthen the livelihoods of communities in arid and semi-arid regions by resolving ecological constraints through facilitation or by providing access to technologies and by engendering technological and institutional solutions.