The following are a few of MYRADA’s ongoing Natural Resource and Environment related projects

  • Community Led Sustainable Management of Resource for Promotion of Livelihood and Secured Natural Base

Donor: Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

Aim of the Project: The overall aim of the project is to improve the natural resources and increase the water resource and retention through conservation and proper management practices. The project’s aim includes improving and increasing the income of the poor especially the small, marginal farmers and also the landless through farm and non-farm based interventions

Geographical area and coverage: Selected villages in five districts – Bidar, Bellary, Chitradurga, Gulbarga and Kolar. These are rainfed drought prone regions with a large extent of environmental degradation. 7269 ha of land in 23 villages was identified for the intervention, impacting directly or indirectly over 4629 families with 3060 land holding families being impacted through watershed development activities and 600 landless families through non-farm based livelihood activities.

  • 883.83 TCM capacity structures created and 10.02 Billion Lts of Water collected.
  • 4099 Ha are treated and 142.16 Ha waste land brought under cultivation 3064 farmers benefited.
  • 4660 tonnes increased yield for 3129 farmers over 5 districts.
  • 204 SAGs formed, 12 Federations, 5 CMRCs , 5 EC body’s – Implementing Programme.
  • 978 Women are benefited, 813 members belong to SC & ST Category.
  • 1.41 lakh direct and 2.47 lakh indirect Labour Days
  • 494 HH get farm based livelihood support, 105 HH get off – farm based livelihoods support through NABARD.
  • Apart from NABARD support 1392 HH livelihoods supported through MFIs and Local Banks linkage programs.
  • 1.58 cr rupees community contribution mobilized and 28 lakh common funds collected.

A detailed report of the HUF project report click here

  • Community Managed Participatory Watershed Development Programme

Donor: Azim Premji Foundation

Project Objectives

  • To recharge the groundwater table through creating water harvesting structures
  • To increase the agriculture productivity by improving the soil fertility
  • To Improving soil fertility by applying biomass & vermi compost and by crop rotation
  • To Promote horticulture
  • To Create alternative income generation programme / livelihood activities for the small, marginal and landless families
  • To Promote Peoples Institutions to manage the programme in a sustainable manner

(It needs to be reiterated that though this is a watershed development programme, livelihoods and capacity building of people’s institutions are an integral part of the programme.

Geographical Area and Coverage : Covers watersheds in Chamrajanagar and Kolar districts of Karnataka

  • 48.36 ha land (figure for Kollegal alone) is being treated in the first phase like Trench cum Bund, boulder checks, waste weir & bund plantation
  • Technical training to staff and SAG and WDA members
  • Increase in livelihood activities of families
  • Natural Resource Management and Livelihood Promotion

Donor: ITC Limited

Project Objectives

  • Improve the environment for protecting agriculture from adverse climatic factors.
  • Increase the supply of wood fuel for domestic use, small timber for rural housing, fodder for livestock.
  • To provide employment opportunities to the rural population and provide jobs for unskilled workers Land rehabilitation.
  • To provide efficient soil and water conservation.
  • Finally, its object is to raise the standard of living and quality of life of the rural people

Geographical Area and Coverage :
55 villages in Chamrajnagar, Gundulpet and Kollegal taluks of Chamrajnagar district in Karnataka

Activities include social forestry, tank rehabilitation and capacity building of watershed associations


  • 21 small tanks de-silted
  • 10 cattle trough benefitting 6 villages.
  • 822 farmers planted Eucalyptus clones, Melia dubia, Cassia semia, 11,18,553 no’s saplings planted in 1211.84 acres. Besides adding biomass to helps farmers in increasing family income.
  • Integrated Watershed Management Programme

Donor: District Watershed Development Department, Chamarajanagar

Project Objectives

  • To conserve of moisture in rainfall for optimal production
  • To prevent soil & water erosion.
  • To Prevent flood irrigation.
  • To recharge groundwater or increase the water table in wells
  • To increase the productivity.
  • To maximum utilization of locally available materials & skilled labours
  • To increase the knowledge on importance of soil & water conservation among the community.

Geographical Area and Coverage :
34945.82 Ha in 6 sub watersheds in Chamrajnagar, Gundulpet and Kollegal taluks of Chamrajnagar district

Besides components such as soil and moisture conservation, bund plantation project also incorporates activities such as capacity building of SAGs and WDAs, awareness building through Grama sabhas, street plays etc. and farmers’ exposure to agriculture fairs


  • 40% of identified land treated
  • Activities such as trench cum bunding, waste weirs, farm ponds, and seed sowing on bunds, agro forestry & horticulture completed in treated land