Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC) aims to address the issue of salinity by developing and strengthening various initiatives of the government and civil society organisations, thereby enhancing the quality of life of coastal communities in the state.
Increasing salinity in land and water resources has displayed adverse effects on agriculture, forestry, industry and drinking water sectors; leading to adverse economic and social consequences. This has resulted in all round hardship to local people forcing them to migrate in search of alternative livelihood. It is also inflicting unacceptable environmental damage to the society. In response to the problem, government of Gujarat, as well as civil society organizations has taken up various initiatives on different parts of the coasts of Saurashtra and Kutch. However, the task ahead is massive and there is a need to synergize the resources and efforts of various stakeholders engaged in the process.
Vision: Evolve sustainable approaches for prevention and mitigation of salinity ingress, whilst enhancing livelihood resilience of communities affected by salinity in coastal villages of Gujarat.
Philosophy of CSPC is to promote greater interaction and learning between practitioners, researchers and policy makers so that the unique problem of coastal salinity is understood, solutions tried out and analysed and policies and programs modified or formulated to scale up the solutions.
- Knowledge bank on coastal salinity issues: Develop detailed database, new research ideas and innovative concept for field level piloting, gather and document various processes and learnings generated from ongoing field projects, compile research studies, design and disseminate various IEC material and other resource material.
- Networking and developing linkages with government and other agencies: Develop network with the government, civil society organizations, academicians, research institutes, subject experts and the community.
- Piloting area-specific innovations and community approaches for addressing salinity related issues: Ideate area-specific pilots to strengthen and sustain the livelihoods of coastal communities.
- Operating as the nodal agency for Kharash Vistarotthan Yojana (KVY): Co-ordinate, provide technical support and monitor the quality of implementation of different projects supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
- Natural Resource Management including soil and water conservation measures
- Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture in Saline Conditions
- Provision of Safe Drinking water and improved sanitation facilities to rural communities
- Education & Skill building
- Creative alternative livelihood opportunities through Nonfarm-based activities
Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell works in the coastal areas of Gujarat and reaches out to 410 villages spread across 11 districts of Gujarat; Ahmedabad, Amreli, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Kutch, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Rajkot. It has benefitted 5, 50, 000 individuals and 1, 02, 036 households living in the coastal villages of Gujarat. The organization works through different village level institutions; 388 Water and Sanitation Committees, 238 Farmers Groups, 250 Women Groups and 2 Regional Federation in the areas of integrated drinking water, sanitation and hygiene; sustainable and remunerative farming and natural resource management practices. These village level institutions are managed by implementing partner organizations, responsible for field level interventions.