Publications

Making Biodiversity A Community Resource, The People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR): A “How-To” Manual

This manual, provides step-by-step guidance to non-experts on how to conduct and formulate a PBR (People’s Biodiversity Registe) with the engagement of the local community. This “How-to” Manual is prepared in collaboration with MSBB (Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board) for the Indian context; however, it can very well be applied in any other country where facilitators or village community members are keen to promote their biodiversity.

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The Children's Biodiversity Register - A Field Guide (in Marathi) encourages schoolchildren to know and document the local flora, fauna, indigenous knowledge and culture by documenting in the field guide.

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Mobile phone delivered Weather based Crop Advisories in India: The case for an integrated approach

An approach developed and piloted by the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) to provide weather-based crop advisories to farmers, offers important learnings as to how to improve weather forecasting, customise crop advisories, bridge barriers, leverage institutional strengths and accelerate adoption of on-farm adaptive responses at scale. The key feature of this approach is that it creates a dialogue between science and technology on the one hand and field reality and the farmer on the other, with the latter being an active co-evolver of knowledge and action.

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AGRIMET- Policy Brief No. 4.pdf4.37 MB
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Climate Change and Agriculture: Moving Towards Resilience for Small Holder Producers

Agriculture is heavily monsoon dependent. Any variation in the climatic conditions significantly affects agriculture production and subsequently increases agriculture production and increases farmers’ vulnerability.
This policy 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. Lessons for this policy brief are drawn from the experiences in the states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.
 

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Agriculture - Policy Brief No. 3.pdf5.62 MB
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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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Voices from the Darewadi Watershed

In 1996, Darewadi, a remote, drought prone village in the reain shadow region of Maharashtra was a picture of despair. Villagers had to migrate to resource-endowed areas working  seasonally at sugarcane cutting or in brick kiln of contractors. At this point, some of the villagers approached WOTR to undertake watershed development activities in their village.

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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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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AGRO-MET – Weather-based, Crop and Locale-specific Agro-Advisories serving farmers of rural rain-fed regions

The AGRO-MET, a component of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) project implemented in India by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), is supporting communities and local selfgovernments to use locale-specific climate forecasts and agri information for decision-making.

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