The Gagas river, in Almora district of Uttarakhand, spans 14 major gadheras (streams) on both banks, and its river basin comprises over 500 sq km with a population of over 120,000 spread in 350 villages.
The plan is to undertake eco-restoration efforts across the drainage areas, in partnership with resident communities, in a phased manner over the next few years. In the first phase, in 2006–7, several elements have been put into place with the residents of two major gadhera areas – Dusad and Kanari.
The development of Self Help Groups of women in this area has led to the creation of a dynamic basin-level federation or Manch which have effective dialogue with other stakeholders creating a multi-stakeholder platform. Following a meeting of several hundred residents, the Manch is committed to the renewal of the hydrological cycle through the promotion of community forestry/water conservation initiatives, appropriate technology and livelihood programs.