Meghalaya State Watershed & Wasteland Development Agency (MSWWDA)

The Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) is the result of the new and unified approach of the GOI for treatment and development of the new generation watersheds in realistic and holistic manner. The Government of India through the National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) has evolved the Common Guidelines, 2008 for implementation of the Watershed Development Projects. The major area in which paradigm shift has been made under the programme are, inter-alia, institutional funding of the State Government through the State Level Nodal Agency (SLNA) at the State Level.

For the state of Meghalaya, the SLNA was constituted on 25th June 2009, called the Meghalaya State Watershed & Wasteland Development Agency (MSWWDA) which has been registered under the Meghalaya  Societies Registration Act, XII of 1983.

The main functions of the MSWWDA are:

  • Prepare the State Perspective and Strategic Plan of watershed development of the state
  • Establish and maintain a State Level Data Cell from funds sanctioned by the Government of India
  • Provide technical support to the Watershed Cell cum Data Centre
  • Approve independent institutions for capacity building and work out the overall capacity building strategy
  • Approve Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) identified/selected by District Level Committee by adopting appropriate objective selection criteria and transparent system
  • Establish monitoring, evaluation and learning systems at various levels
  • Ensure regular and quality online monitoring of watershed projects in the state

Prepare State Specific Process Guidelines, Technology Manuals, etc in coordination with the Nodal Ministry/NRAA and operationalise the same.