Volkswagen India signed an MoU with International Association for Human Values (IAHV) for a watershed management project in Latur district. Volkswagen India has committed INR 1.34 crore for this project that seeks to restore and sustain natural resources in selected village cluster of Lasona, Indral, Wadmurambi and Ambanagar. The aim behind this initiative is to create an Integrated and sustainable Natural Resource Management model which includes unique blend of social, technical and financial strategies.
The project will empower and enable the community at large to implement and sustain natural resources like water and soil. The aim is to increase groundwater levels in the selected area and ensure secured water supply to the community for irrigation and domestic purposes. The project will also ensure sustainable use of available groundwater resources, drinking water security and increase green cover in the watershed through social forestry and agroforestry.
The project will follow a structured approach through Community Mobilisation and Capacity Building, Artificial Ground Water Recharge, Soil and Water conservation, Farmer Field Schools, Afforestation and Leveraging Government Schemes. All these activities will be achieved through Community Sensitization Programs, Youth Leadership Training Programs, Training Program for Gram Panchayat members, Framer Trainings, Exposure Visit for Farmers, Creation of Demonstration Farms, Agroforestry, Social Forestry and Farmer Recharge Wells.
Mr. Pankaj Gupta, Vice President External Affairs and CSR said, Working with the families and communities in the district around Pune is an important wing of our CSR outreach program. We are very happy to partner this time with International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to create awareness and learning among the families in these four villages to help secure, maintain and sustain the available groundwater resources. We have already conducted Community Sensitization Program and collaborated with Krishi Vikas Kendras to gather steam for the program. He further added, Summer months are tough in this region and water scarcity is a persistent problem here. We have identified this region because these need the attention and support of our robust programme.
IAHV has already started working on the different aspects of the project. Geological survey that will be the basis of many of the interventions is complete and de-silting of 47,660 cubic metres is underway. This project also aims to engage employee volunteers in different activities on the ground.
About Volkswagen Group India
The Volkswagen Group is represented by five passenger car brands in India: Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, KODA, and Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group has been present in India for the last 15 years and began its India journey with the entry of the KODA brand in 2001. The Audi brand and Volkswagen brand entered India in 2007, while Porsche brand and Lamborghini brand followed in 2012. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market. Volkswagen Group India has about 30 models in India about 240 dealerships and is operating two plants Pune and Aurangabad. The Pune Plant has a manufacturing capacity of 200,000 cars per year (maximum in three-shift system) and is currently manufacturing Volkswagen Polo, Ameo and Vento and KODA Rapid. The Aurangabad Plant assembles various premium and luxury models of Audi, KODA and Volkswagen sold in India and has an annual maximum capacity of approximately 89,000. Volkswagen Group India is a part of Volkswagen AG, which is globally represented by 13 brands – Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, KODA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN, Volkswagen Passenger Cars and MOIA.
International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a not-for- profit entity established by The Art of Living in India. Over the last few years IAHV has become the preferred implementation partner for corporate entities in the CSR domain. IAHV and its associate trusts have been implementing watershed management programs since 2010, mostly in the rural parts of India, with active involvement of the community which helps in the sustainability of the projects.