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Plastic Bandiche Shivdhanushya: Banning Plastic a Herculean Task

The Environment Department of the Government of Maharashtra and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) recently released a special issue compendium titled issue ‘Plastic Bandiche Shivdhanushya’ (Banning plastic: A herculean…

Adapting to climate variation through crop diversification

While farmers everywhere are struggling to cope with the changing agro-climatic conditions, a few farmers in Kumbharwadi village in Maharashtra are adapting to the situation by diversifying their cropping systems.…

Adding value to farm pond implementation with geospatial information

This Stakeholder engagement report explains the process used for developing a flexible, community-oriented approach to operationalizing climate change adaptation planning and natural resource management. This process was used in a…

Managing the Increasing Heat Stress in Rural Areas

The present study examines the vulnerability of rural communities to heat stress in the semiarid villages in the Maharashtra state of India. The study was conducted in five villages of…

From Vulnerability Assessments to Low/No Regret Resilience Planning in Rural Contexts

This chapter draws on lessons learnt from natural resources management projects in three Indian states – which includes designing projects, making mid-course modifications, and conducting project evaluations. It provides guidelines…

Agro-Met Services and Farmer Responsiveness to Advisories: Implications for Climate Smart Agriculture

This chapter in ‘Handbook of Climate Change Resilience’ aims to understand the nature and importance of different components of WOTR advisory system and the response of farmers to the agro-met…

IGDSS – Applied Technology at the Grassroots Using Satellite imagery and Mobile GPS at village level for on-site plot level Crop-Mapping

The objective of the study is to develop a methodology aimed at obtaining season wise plot level crop data using High-resolution satellite image and mobile GPS. And also to arrive…

Enabling Gendered Environment for Watershed Management

Women’s participation is widely recognised in watershed programmes: however, it is not addressed beyond activities like SHG formation and conventional credit and savings. WOTR evolved a new approach for watershed…

Crop Planning For Food and Nutrition Security Using GIS and Mobile GPS Technology – A Case Study of Ghoti Village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

Ghoti village of Ahmednagar district, agro-climatically falls in transition zone and agriculture is rainfed. This region has experienced erratic climatic events like rainfall, coldwave and dryspells frequently which damaged crops.…

Birds of Darewadi Learning Centre and Watershed

The Watershed Organization Trust is taking concrete steps towards conservation of avifauna around the Centre. In order to create a refuge, We have planned to phase out exotic species and…

Identifying hotspots in land use land cover change and the drivers in a semi-arid region of India

The study examines long-term land use/land cover change (LUCC) at a finer scale in a semi-arid region of India. The objectives were to study and quantify the spatiotemporal LUCC and…

Transformation, adaptation and development: relating concepts to practice

In recent years there has been a growing number of academic reviews discussing the theme of transformation and its association with adaptation to climate change. On the one hand this…

Identifying Climate Risks and Assessing Differential Vulnerability of Communities in Ahmednagar and Aurangabad Districts of Maharashtra

India has large drought-prone drylands that support climate sensitive livelihoods for local communities. Climate variability manifested as unseasonal and low rainfall have caused heavy crop loss for farmers. Aggravating this…

Biodiversity: A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate change is already underway and its effects, especially on rural communities in India, are particularly adverse. The need is to highlight the key issues and understand the practical challenges…

Watershed voices Kachner: A STORY OF RESILIENCE

The resilience of people is revealed, not in how much adversity they can endure, but in how they never cease to strive for a better life. Our land is a…

Leadership, Enterprise and Empowerment

“I was young and ambitious. I wanted to become a teacher but I didn’t have what was needed to become one. I needed luck”, says Mojilal. Mojilal was born into…

Agriculture market price fluctuations, changing livestock systems and Vulnerability Connect – a case of Mhuswandi watershed, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra

Majority of the rural poor in India depend on livestock rearing as a means of livelihood. In resource fragile regions, semi-arid and arid regions, in particular, livestock plays a critical…

Gender Dimension of Climate Change Adaptation: an exploration into the perceptions of women and the community

Substantial past work and documentation exists on gender and environment issues, but there is little explicit research on the gendered impact of climate change. Women being the poorest in the…

What are we in for? Rural dynamics in the context of Climate Change

Climate change is upon us and we are faced with the challenge of understanding what is really happening, predicting what is likely to happen and more importantly, finding appropriate ways…

The Hot Water Chullah : Findings from an assessment

Background and Motivation Progress and development on one hand and the need to conserve the environment and reduce carbon emissions on the other are two concerns that need to be…