Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
Participatory Net Planning : A Practitioners Handbook
Participatory Net Planning (PNP) was born of the need to develop a practical, participation-promoting and inclusive methodology that is at the same time pedagogically and technically sound. The PNP methodology grew out of the Indo- German Watershed Development Program (IGWDP) in Maharashtra, India.
Participatory Net Planning is a well-known and widely adopted methodology for the planning and implementation of watershed development projects in India. Developed and first deployed by WOTR in 1995, PNP has, over the course of the last 15 years, been adapted by its many users to suit local situations and project specific objectives. Nevertheless, its basic approach, structure and core content have remained remarkably intact. PNP methodology has made a pioneering and singular contribution to the spread of community-led watershed development in India.
This Handbook is intended for development practitioners who face the challenge of actively involving communities in the regeneration and sustainable management of the watersheds they live in. Since watershed development is based on land, water and biomass rehabilitation and conservation, this Handbook is focused on how to involve stakeholders of these resources in their optimal development and sustainable utilization.
This Handbooks comprises of six chapters, each explaining the reasons WOTR developed the PNP method, the objectives of PNP, the steps,precautions and challenges when using PNP, how information technology can be deployed in order to process the huge amount of data generated during the PNP exercise, as well as drawing from a research study that canvassed the perceptions, opinions and observations of three sets of stakeholders. A DVD has been included which graphically illustrates in the ﬁeld what PNP is all about and how it is to be undertaken.