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Ecosystem Based Adaptation: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Watershed Development

An “Ecosystem-based Adaptation” (landscape-based) approach to climate change ensures continued provisioning of essential environmental services and promotes long term sustainability.
Lessons for this policy brief are drawn from the experiences in 33 villages of two states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

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Biodiversity - Policy Brief No. 2.pdf5.8 MB
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Awareness and Capacity Building: Essential for Food and Nutrition Security in Rural India

Empowerment in food and nutrition security (FNS) implies that communities have knowledge of a balanced diet. Emphasis is on knowledge and the enabling environment for communities to grow their own food and meet nutritional demands on their own.
This policy brief is an outcome of the project ‘Promotion of Climate Change Adaptation in Semi-arid and Rain-fed regions of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

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Food and Nutrition Security - Policy Brief No. 1.pdf4.53 MB
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Making Agriculture Climate Smart: A Compendium of Weather-Based Advisories for Management of Paddy, Finger Millet and Summer Groundnut in Akole Block of Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra

WOTR in collaboration with CRIDA, the State Agriculture University (MPKV) and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has prepared a Weather Based Crop Management plan for 3 major crops of Akole Block of Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra. In this publication, different scenarios of rainfall and other weather parameters are considered and crop management practices to be followed on weekly basis for entire season are given. This publication gives advice on adaptive crop management practices under different weather scenarios for improving soil health and farm productivity as well as maintaining ecosystem balance.

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Chief minister Shri. Devendra Fadnavis releases a book ‘Climate Change Adaptation For Sustainable Livelihoods: Learnings from pilot project in Maharashtra’

Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the release of a book published by NABARD - 'Climate Change Adaptation For Sustainable Livelihoods: Learnings from Pilot Project in Maharashtra ' in Mumbai on the 5th of August 2015 by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, in the presence of his Cabinet colleagues, Principal Secretaries, the Chairman and other officials of  NABARD. The book captures the experiences, the various components, activities and impacts of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) project  conceived and implemented by WOTR in 25 villages in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The CCA project has been funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and NABARD and supported by the Government of Maharashtra.

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Community Driven Vulnerability Evaluation – Programme Designer

Climate change is already creating a host of problems for rural communities especially those dependent on climate sensitive livelihoods such as agriculture, herding, fishing, forest produce gathering, to name a few. For planners, development practitioners and researchers the challenge is to understand how a community may be vulnerable to climate change and why. With this knowledge and information, communities can be mobilised to undertake measures that help them adapt to climate change, reduce its impacts and avoid development patterns/ mal-adaptation that may make communities more vulnerable at a later date.

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WOTR-PD-handbook-Community Driven Vulnerability Evaluation – Programme Designer.pdf3.84 MB
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WOTR CoDriVE - Visual Integrator

Generally rural communities are left out of development planning as they are considered unable to
project their views and needs with a long term vision. Development workers, however, are aware
that without the active participation of the local community, sustainability cannot be achieved.
Hence, it is best to engage the local inhabitants at the onset, with planning. The gap lies in the ability
of the rural inhabitants to communicate their views.
To be fruitful, effective communication between the three main players i.e., the local communities,
project facilitators, and relevant governmental bodies is the most important requirement. Each
player may seem correct in their respective sphere. However, when seen in the totality of the
context, the chips may not add up. These discrepancies and differences may be due to reasons like:

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DROUGHT: a litmus test for Watershed Development

This publication is the compilation of short narratives of community members of the villages in Maharashtra. It documents the situation in these villages in the 'Drought of 2013', the region’s worst drought in 40 years. It also gives an account of how Watershed Organisation Trust’s (WOTR's) approach of Ecosystem Based Integrated Watershed Development was tested against climate variability. It explains how technology such as Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) could be used in the implementation processes and also underlines the need for water management.

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Biodiversity – A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change

The paper ‘Biodiversity – A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change’ explores the role that biodiversity plays in shaping the adaptive response to climate change. It also documents how degradation of biodiversity can amplify the impacts of climate change, and how biodiversity itself would be under increasing threat from both the climate change and its anthropogenic response, aka adaptation, under business-as-usual economic models. It argues for community-driven, ecosystem-based adaptation, with a call to scrutinize the adaptation programmes and projects for their impact on ecosystem services, which are the true building blocks of adaptation, as also proxy indicators of the health of biodiversity.

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Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance

The paper, “Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance”, examines the energy scenario – availability, access, influence of markets and government policies – in rural India, especially in the areas where WOTR has been working.  It highlights the successful partnership between local communities, with their innate grounded wisdom and local knowledge, and modern researchers and scientists willing to position their learning and experience on community science.  It roots for a positioning and policy framework that broadens the scope of work from cooking fuel and lighting, to energy needs for irrigation, for trade, business, manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation and construction.

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Block Level Contingency Plan for Weather Aberrations in Sangamner Block of Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra

Th e Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) has been working in the Sangamner Block since the last 20 years, organizing communities regenerate the watersheds they live in and adopt sustainable agricultural practices. As part of its Climate Change Adaptation project being implemented in 20 villages of this block, WOTR, in collaboration with the Central Research Institute for Dry land Agriculture (CRIDA) has undertaken a study to develop contingency strategies to help the farmer cope with unexpected weather events and build a measure of resilience to nature’s vagaries. This publication Plan is the outcome of this effort.

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Building Resilience To Climate Variability- Contingency Plan.pdf963.79 KB
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