To get proper benefit out of Soil and Moisture Conservation Work, it was
needed to determine the exact geographical location where it was required.
Remote Sensing, GIS (Geographic Information System) and GPS (Global Positioning
system) were used to scientifically determine the best geographical location for
water harvesting structure. Since the database was already developed within the
department, they also got a ready made Decision Support System (DSS) for the
field officer to help him know the exact place. Using the three technologies
they can now determine the best location within the forest for setting up the
water harvesting structure. This has saved them time and money, and removed any
scope for personal biases of the staff involved. The water harvesting structures
improve water regime, eco-system and land productivity, ensuring all round
development of the society.
Since WHS was implemented in proper sites, this has led to innumerable
benefits in the form of improved water tables, improved vegetation cover,
improved crop productivity in Forest Fringe Villages. The time and energy needed
to identify suitable sites is reduced considerably giving the staff much needed
time for planning and execution. The prioritization helps in effective use of
A DSS was required for officials
for constructing water harvesting structures.
Technologies like GIS, remote sensing and global positioning system.
Choice of the best possible location for water harvesting structure became
IT Implementation partner
A.K. Naik, Conservator of Forests