Management of Ground Water Resources in Context of the National Action Plan on Climate Change: A Case Study from Neelamangla in Karnataka
Water resources faces multiple pressures with increasing complexities of peaking demand, unscrupulous use and additional likely risks due to climate change. With the multifarious stress on the resource, the pursuit for its conservation and efficient management is indispensable. This paper highlights an integrated approach of groundwater management that involved a preliminary diagnostic assessment of the groundwater resources for Neelamangala watershed (India) using GIS and modeling tools and subsequent identification and implementation of suitable intervention for conservation and efficient management of groundwater resources in the region. The project thus attempts for long-term availability of groundwater resources in the studied watershed through water conservation interventions such as artificial recharge of groundwater.