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Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in the area of Natural Resource Management (NRM) primarily in the rural areas. It is committed to the principles of sustainable and rational use of natural resources, equity and social justice in the distribution of benefits especially to the disadvantaged sections like dalits, landless, women, democratic and decentralised governance of these resources.

As an organisation committed to these principles, SOPPECOM extends its support to grassroots groups working on NRM issues through training, resource literacy, participatory planning, research and policy advocacy.

Within the broad spectrum of rural livelihood issues, water resource management, along with land, biomass and renewable energy, forms the core of SOPPECOM's concerns. Support for organising people into legal associations as user groups for participative management of eco-system resources, primarily water has been one of the key activities of SOPPECOM for more than a decade. In its initial phase it piloted various action research programmes around sustainable use of land and water, low external input cropping practices, alternative technology for buildings and water storage structures that have helped develop broad norms for equitable access to resources and their sustainable use. From defining equity within the command areas of irrigation system, SOPPECOM in its subsequent experiments progressed into extending the idea of equity beyond the command to include the landless and women. Through its various experiments, research and writings SOPPECOM has also shown that integration of different sources of water - ground and surface as well as local and exogenous - is critical from the point of view of sustainable prosperity and equity. SOPPECOM through its work has shown that it is possible to go beyond the polarised discourse, for example large vs, small, on water in India.

On the home front, i.e., within the organisation there is a strong commitment to social justice. It is committed to affirmative action that supports the cause of women, dalits and minorities.
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