Gujarat has the longest coastline (1,663 km) among the Indian states. In a large part of the state, climate is dry sub-humid and arid with very low average rainfall at 600 mm annually. Due to the erratic nature of rainfall in recent years and the absence of perennial rivers in these areas, the groundwater remains the only reliable source for irrigation. The problem of salinity ingress was first detected in the late sixties and early seventies due to massive exploitation of ground water facilitated by the introduction of water lifting pump sets in the region. Salinity ingress, consequently, was a result of the disruption of the natural hydrological balance between freshwater and seawater in coastal areas. The contamination of ground water aquifers has threatened drinking water security, affected agricultural productivity and also has adverse impacts on health outcomes. The challenges are getting amplified manifold due to climate change.
Sea water intrusion in groundwater aquifers is emerging as a global environmental problem affecting the local communities living in coastal geographies.
Sea water ingress is a major emerging problem which is adversely affecting local coastal communities in India.
We have developed a multipronged approach to evolve sustainable solutions to effectively deal with multifaceted challenges of salinity ingress.
We exist to help communities assist them mitigate and adapt to multifaceted challenges of salinity ingress.
We believe that the unique challenge of salinity ingress requires coordinated collaborative efforts by community, civil society organisations, research organisations and government agencies. The mitigation and adaptation processes of salinity ingress require strong ownership by community and community institutions, innovative scientific breakthroughs, facilitative role of civil society organisations, and strong government intervention. While infrastructural interventions do have their utility, we believe, it ultimately is the community, which needs to be enabled to address this anthropogenic ecological crisis and its consequent impacts in an era of climate change.
CSPC strive to bring change through collaborative efforts by network building of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), government department and research agencies. We also undertake knowledge building on the unique issue of Coastal salinity, conceptualize and test pilot projects to address the multifaceted challenges of salinity ingress. Bases on the success of the pilots, we upscale them both through direct implementation as well as implementation through other CSOs in the network. In addition to the above, dissemination of knowledge generated, Policy advocacy on salinity ingress and Resource generation to support grassroots implementation remain our salient mandate
The focus of the organization is application oriented, which ensures that research is followed by pilot projects, ultimately leading to development and implementation of successful programmes, crucial to address problems associated with salinity ingress.
To bring change through collaborative efforts by network building of CSOs, government department and researchers; Promotion of research on Coastal salinity issues, Development and testing of project pilots addressing salinity; Formulation and scale up of successful programmes through direct implementation as well as implementation through other CSOs in the network; Dissemination of knowledge generated; Policy advocacy on salinity and-Resource generation to support operations.
A. Develop sustainable approaches for prevention and mitigation of salinity ingress B. Salinity affected communities develop livelihood resilience C. Enhanced quality of life of salinity affected communities