|Children drinking water at school (Photo: M. Chew)|
The photos were then analysed in subsequent workshops, with villagers selecting their favourites and providing captions to explain them. Michael ran photography workshops in three villages and two schools in the Dharta Watershed in Udaipur district, Rajasthan, during September this year.
|Villagers from Hinta in Udaipur district with their photos (Photo: M. Chew)|
|A final photo from the Photovoice study (provided by M. Chew)|
The plan is to now develop a ‘Photovoice book’ depicting how local people see their water issues, how those issues are impacting on their agriculture and livelihoods, and what they see are the options for improving the situation to secure future water supplies. We are planning to produce two versions of this book – one for villagers and the other one for policy makers.
The book will help provide a common understanding of the groundwater situation in this part of India, and options for improvement. It should be a useful tool for effective dialogue with policy makers.
By Prof. Basant Maheshwari
University of Western Sydney
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