WOTR's publication 'From ME to WE, From MINE to OURS: A story of how motivation changes people's perceptions and drives community action' focuses on how rural communities can face the challenges posed by climate change, rainfall variability and declining groundwater levels. The publication specifically focuses on the Sangamner block of Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district but it is relevant to other semi-arid and water-starved regions in the world.
भारतात उष्णतेची लाट ही साधारण उन्हाळाच्या महिन्यांमध्ये (एप्रिल-मे) दिसून येते. मागील काही वर्षांपासून उष्माघातामुळे मृत्यू झालेल्या व्यक्तींची संख्या ही भारतातील काही भागांमध्ये वाढतच चाललेली आहे. सन २००१ ते २०१२ च्या एकूण नेसर्गिक आपत्तीच्या मृत्यू संदर्भार्तील आकडेवारी (तक्ता क्र. १) पाहता जवळजवळ ४% लोकांचा मृत्यू हा उष्माघातामुळे झाला आहे. गेल्या काही वर्षांपासून उष्माघातामुळे मृतांच्या संख्येमध्ये झपाट्याने वाढ झाली आहे. भारतीय हवामान विभागाच्या (आयएमडी) मते, मागील अर्ध-शतकापासून (१९६१-२०१०) “उष्णतेच्या लाटेच्या ” वारंवारतेत एक तृतीयांशने वाढ झाली आहे . सरासरी जागतिक तापमानात वाढ झाल्यामुळे, गरम दिवसांच्या संख्येत वाढ, उष्णतेच्या लाटेची आणि दिवसातील तापमान यामध्ये प्रचंड वाढ होण्याची शक्यता आहे. त्याचप्रमाणे उष्णतेच्या लाटेमुळे मृत्यूदरात ही वाढ होण्याची भीती निर्माण झाली आहे. म्हणूनच, मानवी आरोग्यावर उष्णता तणावाचे परिणाम ही भारतात चिंतेचा विषय बनत आहेत.
In India, heat wave conditions are generally experienced in the summer months of April and May and from time to time deaths due to heat waves have been reported from several parts of the country. i Between 2001 and 2012, heat stroke accounted for 4% of all deaths from natural calamities (Chart 1), with a marked rise seen in recent years. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), over the past half ii century (from 1961 to 2010) heat wave frequencies iii have increased by a third . With the rise in average global temperature, a further increase in the number of hot days and greater frequency and severity of heat-waves is expected. The risk of morbidity and mortality related to heat stress will continue to increase. Hence, eﬀects of heat stress on human health are becoming an issue of growing concern in India
Success story of Sundarwadi, one of our watershed villages from Marathwada region where sustainable water management practices are implemented by WOTR and SIED has been published in the book written by Shri Upendra Dhonde, groundwater expert, Central Ground Water Board. The book ‘Sahaj Jalbodh Tantra’ in Marathi is published by Prajakt Prakashan, Pune.
The resources we use are limited.It demands a sustainable way of using so that not only us, but also the future generations might be able to enjoy it.
This simple message is however very difficult to put across sometimes. "The Common Bucket" is a fun game designed to give across this message. For details, download the pdf.
Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the publishing of a chapter named- 'Community-driven vulnerability assessment and resilience building: cases from development contexts' in the publication “Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries Through Community-Based Adaptation: Think Globally and Act Locally”.
This publication is published by the 'African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi, Kenya'. This book draws rich evidence from empirical CBA (Community Based Adaptation) cases by featuring wide array of stakeholders from different sectors. The publication was published at COP 22, Marrakech 2016.
Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the publishing of a chapter named- 'Reclaiming degraded lands and building resilience to climate change in Maharashtra, India' in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) publication 'Living Land' for the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification (2010–2020).
Living Land is a collection of inspiring stories tackling the challenges of land degradation and climate change, and doing so affordably. These stories explain how land degradation occurs and what we can do, and what is already being done. http://bit.ly/2svLfvM
A chapter titled 'Enabling Gendered Environment for Watershed Management' written by Dr. Eshwer Kale and Dipak Zade, has been published in a SAGE book 'Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes Lessons from India'.
We are delighted to share with you a booklet titled "You gave me a chance", which covers the work done by WOTR under the 'Chance for girls project' in 344 villages of Maharashtra. The project was done in collaboration with the Germany-based Becker-Cordes Stiftung and the Rotary Clubs of Hagenn-Lenne & Lippetal.
In Maharashtra over the last many years, there has been a shift from food crops to cash crops. In this article, in Leisa India, our researcher Anuradha Phadare explains how this shift poses a risk to the food security of farmers, and brings out that crop planning can play a role in ensuring food and nutrition security and ensure greater resilience to climate change.