The main domestic water supply in Leh is groundwater, and because the tourism industry in the area has experienced phenomenal growth, there has been a significant rise in the number of bore-wells dug. This increasing abstraction of groundwater is occurring in the absence of policy- and community-led stewardship of natural water resources.
This project aims to generate scientific knowledge regarding the nature and extent of the groundwater resource and to document current water usage practices. It will develop a comprehensive, knowledge-based approach to sustainable use and management of water in the project village. The end goal is to identify alternative technological solutions of water use practices for sustainable groundwater management, and to disseminate the information among the user groups. The project seeks to reach out to decision makers and assist stakeholder groups in developing and promoting guidelines and policy strategies for the same.
LEDeG has consistently worked towards serving the underprivileged people residing in structurally disadvantaged areas of Ladakh and has been striving to address the environmental and cultural issues affecting the people in the region. Its goal is to promote ecological and sustainable development of Ladakh, which harmonises with and builds on the traditional culture.