This paper presents four case studies from India in which rainwater harvesting has lead to both ecorestoration and poverty alleviation.

From a wooded upland Jhabua became an example of extreme ecological degradation. The story of its recovery is remarkable

With the coming of the Rajiv Gandhi Mission on Watershed Development, a major change took place in the degraded wasteland that was Jhabua

Soil conservation work came cheap in Jhabua, but a lot remains to be done

Chief minister Digvijay Singh is responsible for making the Rajiv Gandhi mission a success

A new approach by the government resulted in rapid regreening

Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh is a many splendoured wonder where indomitable political will and the tribals have proved that the regeneration of the environment is possible, reports Richard Mahapatra