This latest UNEP report systematically synthesises the close links between human well-being and ecosystem services through a number of rainwater harvesting cases. The cases are organised into thematic chapters addressing rainwater harvesting systems, their roles and their impacts.

Coimbatore: Villagers in and around Kanuvai and Thadagam on Saturday made a beeline for a check dam to have a look at a herd of five wild elephants that got stuck in a ravine in an area abutting the reserve forest that forms part of the Western Ghats.

ATTUR: The United Formers Association has urged the State Government to repair the two check dams constructed across the surplus course of the Thiyaganur Lake in Attur block, which remain in a state of neglect for long.

Lakshman Oraon and his wife Sarla are no ordinary farmers. On less than an acre of land, they grow paddy, tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Their crop of paddy has just been harvested and you can see the dry remnants sticking out of the soil. But they are getting ready for a second major crop. It could be wheat with mustard and pulses in the margins.

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The crop productivity in Siwalik rainfed areas including kandi belt of Jammu and Kashmir is very low. To improve the agricultural productivity of these areas, a holistic approach through watershed management project was introduced in early 1990 to manipulate land and water resources more efficiently for better crop production.

SABARIMALA: The water in the Kunnar check-dam, one of the two dams which meet the water needs of Sannidhanam, including pooja purposes inside the Sreekovil and drinking water requirement, is highly polluted owing to lack of cleaning and safe upkeeping.

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Availability of groundwater varies spatially and temporally depending upon the terrain. The scarcity of water affects the environmental and developmental activities of an area. Construction of small water harvesting structures across streams/watersheds is gaining momentum in recent years.

Nature cannot offer services without payment anymore The dejected eyes of Kartar Chand Rana, 52, panned the breached checkdam in his village, Kuhan. As head of the gram vikas samiti he ordered the breaking of the embankment of the very dam that fed his half hectare land until last year. It was the best thing to do under the circumstances. The dam had silted over and the only way to clear