Dear Priyanie, I am sharing few points to be considered : 1. What are the long-term incentives and benefits? Communities will engage in such initiatives only if they see long-term benefits mostly economic benefits, also short-term needs such as access to drinking water, adequate and timely irrigation water etc. Emphasising on exploring different livelihood opportunities with improved wetland management. Opportunities of expanding fish culture, vegetable cultivation to generate household income, along with food security for the household. 2. Knowledge exchange and information sharing Information sharing on new methods to expand the activity to generate income (such as inputs from the relevant experts on different types of fish to be cultivated in wetlands, feeds to be used, types of vegetables, cultivating in large quantity in small areas). These could be done in small units as a community work and at a small-scale with sharing the cost and benefits among the community members. 3. Adoption of community based conservation method: What will be structure of such community participation, what will be the organizational structure (fund management, maintenance of restored infrastructure, sustainability of the group)? (a) Facilitating effective cooperation, communication, and participation of different interest groups, users (b) Motivating the community to contribute money in small amount, labour and time to maintain such infrastructure (c) Linking these groups to local NGOs, local authorities for support (d) Participatory monitoring (d) (b)Incorporating mechanism for conflict resolution: Such as in situation of conflict over water distribution, sharing of benefits, lack of trust and miscommunication among local authorities and communities
4. What is the gender component of the project, whether it addresses the interest and constraints of all social groups in the community? What are the current roles of women in relation to use of wetlands, engagement in different livelihood activities in wetlands, what are their role in decision making in such activities, participation in community groups etc. What will be the impact of this intervention on women, will it bring any opportunities to empower women and poor social groups in the community? 5. What are the cross-sectoral issues and benefits from the wetland management? 6. What are the current policies and its impact on these wetland communities? Has there been any policy change, structural changes that has impacted the local initiatives etc.? 7. What is the exit strategy, scaling down, phasing out with external assistance liked to the community? Probably taking a gradual scaling down approach. Monitoring feature along with implementation.