Thar Talks: Optimising Common Pool Resources- 1

Mar 18, 2014, 09:26 AM

A Common Pool Resource (CPR) is a resource that benefits a group of people and works best if built and used collaboratively. Western Rajasthan has its share of these resources, but many social and environmental factors are reducing the value of these pools. In this series of podcasts, the community discusses the deteriorating conditions of these pool resources; and useful tips on how to improve them. This episode focuses on CPR in Ramdevpur village. Mr. Dilip Singh Bidavat from UNNATI leads discussion on the negative impacts of excluding marginalised communities from using the CPR; raising awareness about the issue. This podcast was produced as a community radio programme. It was part of a CDKN and START funded research project, implemented by SEEDS and Unnati. A group of local adolescent girls developed radio programmes on climate change and disaster- related issues of Western Rajasthan. The programme covers the problems, local adaptation and risk reduction solutions, related government policies, expert interviews and some cultural entertainment. Such community radio programmes have had great success in helping experts and local communities exchange information and find solutions to local problems.