This paper examines how economic valuation can improve our understanding of watershed development and how to overcome challenges related to data collection, valuing direct and indirect benefits, and climate change adaptation.
This study is part of a larger pilot project of the Rainfed Livestock Network (RLN) on “Strengthening Primary Animal Health Services for Improved Livestock Productivity in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of India” being implemented by the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) in collaboration with the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES). To support the main objective of the pilot project, a study on estimating the economic losses incurred by farmers due to animal mortality and morbidity was undertaken.
Since the early 2000s WOTR has been promoting an energy efficient, smokeless Hot Water Chullah. This chullah incorporates a design that results in proper oxidation leading to higher fuel efficiency.
WOTR undertook a unique solar cooker Yourself) kit form. The cooker project targeting Zilla Parishad primary schools in this area. The objective was to provide a clean and efficient substitute for fossil fuel based cooking solutions (like fuel wood and LPG) for the mid-day meals cooked in these schools.
The study ‘Watershed Development, Resilience and Livelihood Security: An Empirical Analysis’ seeks to explore whether watershed development does contribute to building resilience and adaptive capacities of local communities and their ecosystems. It also attempts to understand watershed development outcomes through the mirror of the resilience framework.
Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce publishing of a note – ‘Unusual Congregation of Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus Affinis In A Wheat Field’ by Girish Jathar, Sachin Anpat, Balu Bhangare and Dharmaraj Patil in the Journal of Bombay Natural History Society (JBNHS). The Journal of Bombay Natural History Society (JBNHS) is a triannual in which concise reports of original research in natural history, taxonomy and other aspects of zoology and botany of general interest are published. The note is published in its May – August issue (Volume 111, Issue 2).
The paper, by Suchita Awasthi and Poonam Kamble, aims to examine the variations in temperature and rainfall patterns in Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar district.
Girish Jathar has presented the paper, "The response of avifauna to watershed development – case of Darewadi watershed in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra" in a two-day workshop on ‘Conservation of wildlife in Deccan Plateau of Maharashtra – a neglected ecosystem’ on the 4th March 2015.
The abstract of the paper is given in the following pdf of the BNHS publication – ‘A Two-day workshop on ‘Conservation of wildlife in Deccan Plateau of Maharashtra – a neglected ecosystem’ on pp 17-18.
The paper - “ Crop Planning For Food and Nutrition Security Using GIS and Mobile GPS ” by Vinit Raskar and Manoj Pawar describes the study conducted in Ganeshwadi hamlet of Ghoti village of Ahmednagar district. The study included promoting of production of cereals, pulses, vegetables to improve nutritional needs and GIS and Mobile GPS based crop mapping for planning, dissemination, and monitoring to balance agricultural production for the market and nutritional food consumption.