IN12 Narmada Landscape Restoration Project

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission, SO5 Supply of ecosystem services ensured
Start Date Q2  15-6-2020
End Date q2 14-6-2024
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 3,500,000
Budget Percentage %
Actual Expenditure (USD)
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD)
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium)
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) United States Agency for International Development (USAID), NTPC Ltd.
Name of consortium members, if any Indian Institute of Forest Management
Thematic Area
  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes
GGGI Project Code : IN12
Project Manager and Staff +
Nitesh Kumar

Lead, India Program

Lakhan Patidar

Technical Project Assistant

Accounts and Finance Assistant


To meet the rising urban water demand, cities are increasingly depending on water sources located farther from the cities.

In Madhya Pradesh, India, almost 94% of municipal water supply to Indore, Madhya Pradesh, is drawn from the river Narmada about 80 km away from Jalud on Maheshwar Dam. Both domestic and commercial users depend on this water supply.

The demand for water from this water supply scheme is expected to increase by 23% by 2024.

However, land use pressures in the catchment of river Narmada will adversely impact both the availability of water and its quality in the future, creating several water-related issues for the end-users.


There is a natural interdependency loop between upstream land management activities and downstream water security. The project will demonstrate this interdependency on select Narmada tributaries flowing through two distinct landscapes—forest and intensive agriculture—between Omkareshwar and Maheshwar Dams in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh.

The project aims to establish an incentivisation mechanism that can continue to support the riparian forest and farm communities of the Narmada basin to maintain sustainable landscape practices, thereby ensuring water security for the region.

The project will also increase the awareness of local communities towards ecosystem services.

On scaling up, the incentivisation mechanism and its resultant improvement in water quality and quantity are expected to greatly benefit Indore city and other communities dependent on river Narmada for water needs.