Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management

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16, Kale Park, Someshwarwadi Road, Pashan,
Pune 411 008 Maharashtra
India

Email: soppecom@gmail.com
Tel: +91-020-2588 0786, 2588 6542
Fax: +91-020-2588 6542
Web: www.soppecom.org

About the institution:
SOPPECOM in India has been active as an NGO in the Natural Resource sector for more than two decades. It has contributed terms of research, action research and innovative, pilot projects and also undertaking policy advocacy. It is at the forefront of promoting Participatory Irrigation Management, and also promoting equitable distribution of water. SOPPECOM is also the Nodal agency for 1) Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India (this Forum has about 10 partner organisations) and it is part of the WWF initiated Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment) and 2) Forum for Watershed Research and Policy Dialogue.

Role in LiveDiverse:
SOPPECOM is WP7 Cultural and Spiritual Vulnerability leader and will also provide expertise in participatory methods in developing countries.

Key members:
K.J.Joy has expertise in stakeholder analysis, conflict resolution and involving end users in water forums. He has a long experience working with grassroots organizations within the Krishna Basin and setting up farmers networks. He has participated in several initiatives including: 1) Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India; and 2) Forum for Watershed Research and Policy Dialogue which is a major collaborative initiative between three institutions, namely, SOPPECOM, ISEC, Bangalore and Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad. He is also involved closely with dissemination activities within the river basin through farmers support groups, using Participatory Resource Mapping.

Suhas Paranjpe M.Sc. from IIT, Mumbai, India and is one of the key members in SOPPECOM. His main interests are in water use conflicts, stakeholder analysis, and Policy dialogue on water conflicts. He has worked for more than 10 years with grassroots organizations within the Krishna Basin and closely involved with several conflict resolution dialogue as facilitator between the farmers networks and government agencies. He has participated in several initiatives including: 1) Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India; and 2) Forum for Watershed Research and Policy Dialogue which is a major collaborative initiative between three institutions, namely, SOPPECOM, ISEC, Bangalore and Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad. He is also involved closely with dissemination activities within the river basin through farmers support groups, using Participatory Resource Mapping.

Key publications:
Participation in Irrigation Management – A Case Study of Maharashtra, R. K. Patil and S. N. Lele Paranjape, Suhas and K. J. Joy. 2001.

Sustainable Technology Making the Sardar Sarovar Project Viable, Banking on Biomass – A New Strategy for Sustainable Prosperity Based on Renewable Datye, K.R., Suhas Paranjape and K. J. Joy 2001.

Energy and Dispersed Industrialization, Suhas Paranjape, K. J. Joy. 2000. Watershed Based Development: A Source Book, Panlot Kshetra Vikasachya Navya Disha : Sadhan Saksharata, Shashvad Vikas, Samanyayi Vatap (in Marathi).

Intensive Cultivation on Small Plots (English and Marathi), Suhas Paranjape and K. J. Joy Seema Kulkarni 2004.