Demonstrating Participatory Groundwater Management (PGWM) in Gujarat – Towards a scientific policy framework

Project Summary

Climatically most of Gujarat can be characterised as arid or semi-arid and faces frequent droughts. To mitigate these drought conditions, Gujarat has adopted many strategies for water security, of which ground water exploration and exploitation are the most significant. In this project, ACT will become a resource centre in Participatory Groundwater Management (PGWM) in collaboration with other NGOs, government departments, and academic institutions. It aims to demonstrate how a village, community, or group of stakeholders relying on a given aquifer can reduce water stress and conflicts by adopting PGWM methods. Through various interventions, these stakeholders will be able to understand, develop, and demonstrate an equitable and sustainable sharing mechanism based on the area’s hydro-geology. This project also aims to incorporate aquifer management into mainstream watershed and drinking water projects.


  1. Training at the Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development And Management (ACWADAM).
  2. Training of trainers (ToT).
  3. Development of groundwater hydro-geology training material in Gujarati.
  4. Region-specific training.
  5. Action research in 7 villages.
  6. PGWM pilot program implementation in 7 villages based on action research.
  7. Collect data and prepare and disseminate status reports.
  8. Develop and distribute documentation: case studies, learning documents, papers, etc.
  9. Bi-annually  work group meetings to review progress and share materials.
*Grant amount & beneficiary figures are as per actuals for completed projects.