A pioneer in watershed management in the state, Dr Mukund Ghare, passed away on Jan 12, 2012 at Sancheti Hospital in Pune due to spinal cord injury. He was 78 years old and is survived by daughter Sudeshna and son-in-law Ashutosh Parmar.
Ghare was known for his holistic approach and contribution towards water conservation in India. His academic scholarship as a master hydro-geologist, coupled with his strongly grounded experience of working in the rural development sector for three decades made him a respected figure. Through his local non-governmental organization, Action for Agriculture Renewal in Maharashtra (Afarm), Ghare supported the voluntary sector for efficient implementation of various water sector projects funded by governments and international donor agencies in Maharashtra.
He was also president of Parisar. In the mid-1980s he was a member of the National Drinking Water Technology Mission, and also helped the government to develop guidelines for watershed management projects and training guidelines for support organizations.
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