This write up has been compiled from emails received from Shubha Ramachandran of BIOME
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The approach to gather, share and interpret data has been participatory, involving varied stakeholders like borewell diggers, tanker operators, Citizen Groups, Government Agencies etc. Rather than approaching the problem in a conventionally scientific manner, the approach is unconventional but participatory. This is why the group calls itself the “Participatory Aquifer Mapping Team”.
One year is a good time to see what sense all the gathered data and information makes when it is brought together. Do we have a clearer understanding? Does it tell us something new and useful for all of us? What challenges have we faced and how do we get better at doing this in the coming years? How do we create better mechanisms for all to participate?
The team feels that the results are encouraging, and will be sharing its methodology, learnings and interpretation of the aquifer in a workshop that will be held on Saturday, 27th June 2015. Feedback will be sought and plans for the years to come will be made.