That is how the poet Valmiki portrays the rain bestowed on the Blue Mountains of South India. Abundant water sources make the high hills a fountainhead to the plains below and this sweet nectar play a crucial part in Nilgiris life, for both the ecology and the economy.
But the region’s rivers and wetlands are under threat today. Faced with an alarming scenario, Keystone felt an urgent need to work on the aspects of water management, protection of resources and increasing awareness amongst dependent communities. And the work to maintain the pristine grateful waters continues to be at the heart of the organization, constantly seeping into new streams of projects and initiatives.
Over the last two decades Keystone has worked on a number of projects that have intervened to improve access to water for local communities, increase the knowledge base on water resources in the Nilgiris and provide inputs to advocacy for conservation of hill wetlands and other water resources.