Environment Support Group
Bangalore, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, is the third most populous city in India and home to 10 million people. Bangalore currently draws about 1400 million liters per day (MLD) of water from River Cauvery that flows 100 km away and which meets just over half the city's needs. The rest of the city's water needs are drawn from fast depleting groundwater resources the quality of which is also deteriorating. The challenge now is to alleviate this situation and rehabilitate lakes and their interconnecting canals with community-government-corporate action under the supervision of the judiciary.
The Environment Support Group (ESG) persisted, organised local communities, and ran a series of campaigns for conservation of lake systems. These were backed by multiple workshops to build awareness about the criticality of protecting these waterbodies for the benefit of present and future generations. The basic intention was to ensure that lakes remained as commons, and that they were functional ecosystems that provided a variety of livelihood, cultural and social services.
Screening and Identification Process:
Best Practices Award Winner (2012 Category 2)
River basin and/or place:
Cauvery River Basin
To promote localized solutions for lake conservation, and to advocate for lakes to be held as public commons.
Technologies and Techniques Implemented:
Organization of local communities; conservation of lake system campaigns; awareness projects; protests; Public Interest Litigation; harvesting rain run-off