Watershed Development & Management Centre


Of late, policy makers and administrators are increasingly feeling the need for holistic approach to rural development. Often one of the problems being encountered to achieve desired goal in rural development is the affordable and equitable availability of water. In this direction Government of Maharashtra is implementing watershed development programme throughout the State involving all concerned departments, NGOs and PRIs. In view of the gravity of situation the approach and implementation has changed to a great extent. All stakeholders are being involved and efforts are made to seek active participation of all. in order to get desired success.

In this scenario, the Central & State governments are striving always in evolving suitable watershed development policies & programmes. Along with comprehensive policy planning, also needed is to have a proper coordination between direct & indirect stakeholders crosscutting all the levels and monitoring mechanism vis-á-vis government regulation. YASHADA being the State Apex Institute may play a leading role in capacity building, monitoring & evaluation, studies & documentation and policy advocacy. YASHADA may also take up a lead role to find out and device a mechanism to develop a strong linkage between programme funds and effective implementation of watershed programme. The Watershed Development & Management Centre was established in YASHADA in 2004.


  • To undertake capacity building of major stakeholders
  • To develop an effective network in watershed development activities
  • To ensure effective functioning of Government-aided Schemes as major source of funds in watershed development activities
  • To conduct action research and evaluation studies in selected watersheds and suggest ways of effective implementation

Institutional partners

National Level:
  • National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA),Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi
  • Department of Land Resources (DoLR), Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, New Delhi
  • National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad
  • Council for Advancement in Participatory Rural Technology (CAPART), New Delhi
State Level:
  • Department of Water Conservation, Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai
  • Department of Employment Guarantee, Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai
  • Department of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai
  • Vasundhara Watershed Developemnt Agency (SLNA). Mantralaya, Mumbai
District Level:
  • Col lectorate
  • Zilla Parishad
  • DRDA
  • AH line departments
  • NGOs
  • Training & Support Institutes
Block Level:
  • Panchayat Samiti
  • Project Implementing Agency (PIA)
  • All line departments
  • NGOs
Village Level:
  • Gram Panchayat & Watershed Committee members
  • Watershed Development Team (WDT) members
  • User Group
  • Self Help Groups
  • JFM Committee members


In accordance to the objectives and based on the needs of the stakeholders following activities are undertaken by the Centre.
Training and Workshops :
  • Training modules:
    • Two training modules on 'Hariyali Watershed' (on-campus and off-campus), including guidelines of the project, project preparation, PRA techniques, action plan, watershed management and role of various functionaries.
    • Two training modules on 'Common Guidelines 2008 for Watershed Development Programmes', including guidelines of the project, training methods, Detailed Project Report, farming systems, livelihood and convergence.
  • Trainings:
    • 35 on-campus and 27 off-campus (district level) training programmes on Hariyali and Common Guidelines-08 conducted and 2380 participants trained.
    • Conducted national level training on 'G1S application in watershed* with help of NIRD Hyderabad.
    • Conducted Master Trainers' Training with assistance of NIRD Hyderabad and Department of Land Resources New Delhi and 57 participants are trained.
  • Workshops:
    • Collector, CEO workshop on Common Guidelines 2008
    • Policy Maker's Workshops involving Hon Minister (Water Conservation), eminent personalities in watershed development and State level Officers from Mantralaya & government departments.
  • Exposure visit: WDMC has organized a 05 days exposure visit for Panchayat Raj functionaries from Haryána
  • Reading material on the subject for the. use of P1A and Gram Panchayat members.
Click here for the list of Master Trainers - IWMP (New common guidelines 2008)

Click here for the list of District Administrative Officers - IWMP (New common guidelines 2008 - Watershed project)

Capacity Building under Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP)

Letter 1 - SROs and DROs

Letter 2 - SROs and DROs
Government Organizations - Data Sheet Format

Voluntary Organizations - Data Sheet Format

PTO Data Sheet
Vasundhara (VSLNA) PTO Advertisement Blank Application format Format

Vasundhara (VSLNA) PTO Organization Information Data Sheet
List of SROs and DROs
State Resource Organizations

District Resource Organizations
Action Plan
PTO Action Plan
PTO Training Blank Formats

Research and evaluation

Research & evaluation of various projects based on participatory natural resource management are conducted to build the knowledge base and provide learning for effective watershed management linked to sustainable rural livelihood.

Policy Advocacy

  • Study report on institutionalizing 'Mother-NGO', nodal agency for training, monitoring & evaluation as proposed by Shri Anna Hazare Committee, within the framework of Guidelines for Government sponsored watershed programmes.
  • Director General YASHADA Committee Report on "Role of NGOs in Hariyali programme".


The Centre has excelled in its activities during the last 5 years. To carry out above activities the Centre has leveraged and built human and financial resources.
Human Resource
  • Faculty and Staff: The Centre is headed by an Assistant Professor supported by 3 Research Officers, 1 Research Associate and 2 Course Assistants.
  • Resource Persons: The Centre has a strong network of resource persons from almost all disciplines of watershed management, rural development, agriculture, livestock management, fisheries, etc.
  • Trainers: All through these 5 years a cadre of trainers is developed throughout the State and the process is ongoing. The trainers are from all disciplines and working with different line departments and NGOs.
Financial Resource
  • Grants: Department of Land Resources, New Delhi and Department of Water Conservation, Mumbai through respective DRDAs.
  • Sponsorships: National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad
  • Charges: Department of Land Resources and CAPART, New Delhi

Major achievements of the year 2008-09

  • State level Workshop on Common Guidelines-2008 for Collectors, CEOs, PDs, SAOs, in coordination with NRAA, New Delhi.
  • "YASHADA Study Group Report" on Common Guidelines-2008 submitted to Water Conservation Department, Govt of Maharashtra.
  • One-day Policy Workshop of State level Water Conservation Advisory Committee under Chairmanship of Hon Minister Water Conservation.
  • Policy reports as assigned by Principal Secretary, Water Conservation on 'Methodology for appointment of personnel at SLNA and DWDlf and 'Capacity building strategy for watershed programme'.
  • Out-reach training programmes conducted in 9 districts on 'Common Guidelines 2008 for Watershed Projects' for district and block officers.

Proposed activities for the year 2009-10

S.No. Name Training
1 YASHADA level
(Sponsored by MoRD, DoLR, New Delhi)
16 520
2 District level (Outreach) 33 1320
3 Other (State sponsored) 3 240
Total: 52 2080
4 Impact evaluation of IWDP / DPAP projects Supported by DoLR for 105 projects in 7 districts - Satara, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Amravati, Osmanabad, Sangli & Yavatmal
5 Monitoring 33 districts once in two months for each division.
6 Mid-term evaluation TEDT project for development of water-logged and saline lands in Sangli district.
7 Project evaluation CAPART projects in 3 districts.

Training modules under Common Guidelines 2008

  • Training programme for Master Trainers
  • Training programme for Administrative Officers
  • Out-reach training programme for District and Block Officers

Funds received for training, evaluation & monitoring



  • Impact of effective watershed management on development of village: A case study of Hiware Bazar, 2003-04
  • Study of Swarna Jayanti Swarojgar Yojana (SJSY) in Maharashtra, 2004-05
  • Participatory Approach to Rural Development: Hariyali Watershed, 2005-06
  • Prashikshakanche Kaushalya - Marathi (Trainers' Skills), 2005-06
  • Documentary Pariit ipatory Watershed Hiware Bazar, 2004-05

Details of WDMC faculty & staff


Visiting faculty

The Centre has always sought cooperation from eminent personalities in watershed development and enriched the participants with their knowledge & experience.
  1. Shri Annasaheb Hazare
  2. Shri Vijayanna Borade
  3. Dr. M.A. Ghare
  4. Shri Popatrao Pawar
  5. Shri Vasant Takalkar
  6. Shri Jaywant Mahalle
  7. Shri Dnyandeo Waphare
  8. Shri K.V. Pagire
  9. Shri A.K. Haral
  10. Dr. D.V. Newadkar
  11. Dr. Herman
  12. Dr. SPS Sharma
  13. Shri K.J. Joy
  14. Shri Suhas Paranjape
  15. Shri Vikas Kharge

Contact details of Watershed Development & Management Centre

  • Phone :- 020-25608137
  • Fax :- 020-25608265 / 25608100 / 25608139
  • E-mail :- rajenpawar@hotmail.com ; jayant.shilpa@gmail.com