Livelihood Security through Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) and Disaster Preparedness:
Livelihood insecurity, conflicts around these and the status of natural resource management, is one of the major factors contributing to vulnerability of those who are most oppressed. Equitable, qualitative, quantitative, reliable distribution of natural resources along with management rights for sustainability of these resources, leads to secured and dignified livelihood of the vulnerable community. Hence, Utthan focuses on the community's rights and its active participation for sustainable management of their basic natural resources, on which these livelihoods depend.

Livelihood security and INRM is the key to Gender Empowerment, peace and for improved quality of life. Thus, Utthan's focus has been in helping the communities to augment access and establish gender sensitive management systems for equitable and sustainable natural resources supported through diverse livelihood option.

Activities have been carried out for conservation and creation of water resources, conservation and upgrading of land, agriculture and horticulture development and afforestation. All these are carried out by various village level institutions and community based organizations in Bhavnagar, Amreli, Panchmahals and Dahod, covering all the 173 villages. The major thrust in the recent past has been mainstreaming gender and equity aspects in natural resource management through various strategies such as evolving norms, precondition for addressing gender conflict on a priority basis etc. Various programs such as biodiversity for livelihood security in the tribal area, adaptive strategies for disaster preparedness in the coastal areas, community led and owned demonstration of viable alternatives for better management of natural resources such as sealing of wells, application of organic manure, voices against exploitation of their resources such as sand mining, awareness campaign for food security, etc. have been initiated.
Following are Utthan's interventions on this aspect:
- Gender sensitive water resources management through augmentation, efficient use and equitable access.
- Watershed development program.
- Promoting biodiversity through ensuring basic livelihood securities such as food, fodder, fuel, water, sanitation and health and enhancing their economic power.
- Encouraging the adaptation of good practices for ensuring gender sensitive, equitable, transparent and sustainable Natural Resource Management, disaster preparedness and mitigation for an overall ecological justice and sustainability.