The outcomes of training and action research cannot be converted to impacts without collaboration, partnership and hand-holding. Field facilitation is a mode of providing direct field-level inputs to organisations implementing various programmes in the field. Projects and programmes such as watershed management, spring water management, drinking water and sanitation programmes, irrigation planning, revival of traditional systems of groundwater management and landscape planning have benefited through ACWADAM's portfolio on facilitation. Such facilitation provides the overlay of aquifers to a particular project, which in turn leads to preparing and implementing groundwater management plans. Many such efforts map quite well onto a partner organisation's existing project, providing ACWADAM the opportunity to pilot the concept of aquifer-based, participatory groundwater management.

Facilitation is usually carried out in collaboration with organisations after they undergo the basic training on hydrogeology conducted in Pune. Facilitation is also aimed at enabling partners to 'practice' the methodologies for understanding aquifers in their ongoing projects and therefore improve the performance of the programme by undertaking some or the other form of groundwater management.

Based on training inputs, facilitation focusses on a strong component of measurement, monitoring, and analysis of groundwater related data. Facilitation often involves a network of organisations working on common programmes, leading to a 'ripple' effect, enabling dissemination of the philosophy and practice of aquifer-based groundwater management. Most significantly, the importance of community based groundwater management is emphasised during such facilitation.

Along with field facilitation, ACWADAM also supports partner organisations in the following manner:

  • Appropriate reading and reference material
  • Advice on procurement and installation of equipment that is appropriate to the location and context of the project
  • Hand-holding in the use of certain tools and equipment so as to optimise instrument and equipment applications at different sites
  • Policy advocacy
  • Designing projects on groundwater
  • Hydrogeological data and information management