RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
It is estimated that many Indian cities may run out of water by 2040, owing to our rising population and mismanagement of water resources, both surface and groundwater. India accounts for around 4 percent of the world’s water resources and 17 percent of the world’s population, bringing out the huge imbalance. We are already the world’s largest user of groundwater, and both surface and groundwater reserves are fast depleting. How do we tackle this? We believe environmentally sustainable, socially judicious and economically efficient water management could be the answer.
“As much as is needed; as little as possible”, is an important guiding principle at WOTR. This principle is applied in multiple contexts – from organization development to the conservation and use of natural resources. WOTR’s work in the field of water management takes into account this central tenet while focusing on demand side issues of planning, budgeting, allocation and improving efficiency of use. Applied research on the impact of climate change on water resources is also a key part of our work.
SPECIAL FOCUS: WATER STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE
The Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) aims to facilitate farmers to better manage water by bringing science, policy and governance together at the level of practice and community action. WOTR’s Water Stewardship Initiative has been launched in 113 villages of Maharashtra and Telangana
WATER AND SDGS
WOTR’s work in the sector of water contributes to SDGs 2, 6, 8, 12 and 16.
Water Stewardship Initiative being undertaken in 113 villages of Maharashtra and Telangana, with 40,000 households.
Water budgeting being done in 164 villages of Maharashtra and Telangana.
‘Jal hi Jeevan hai’ campaign conducted in 50 villages of Telangana
75 villages have made village level rules for appropriate water use and crop practices and they have presented village water stewardship plan to respective government officials.
Village communities have brought 37 billion litres of water annually under governance.
A total of 1,514 farmers were able to bring 1,265 ha of land under drip and sprinkler irrigation during 2017-18
There are about 1,200 water stewards who engage with local communities and encourage them to adopt water efficiency measures
In addition, there were 16 lift irrigation units installed across different states, benefitting 141 farmers
Aquifer mapping has been done in 10 villages in Ahmednagar district
Aquifer based groundwater management pilot initiated in Bhokardan in line with Maharashtra Groundwater Act, 2009
Water Stewardship Approach and methodology promoted through training s of government officers and practitioners
The village of Padamapur, in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, struggled with water scarcity till 2015. WOTR’s intervention there has improved water supply for the women there. How? Read more here
PUBLICATIONS IN FOCUS
When it comes to water conservation and management, a major challenge is that of encouraging village communities to assume responsibility for the water resources. Village level water health charts can play a major role in this regard. In this blog, by W-CReS Executive Director Marcella D’Souza, find out how these health charts are changing attitudes for the better in the villages of Jalna district, leading to better demand side management of water. See more here
What is the Water Stewardship Initiative and why is it important? What are the benefits to the villagers of adopting the WSI? In this video, watch WOTR Senior Researcher Eshwer Kale explain the concept of the WSI.
The chapter written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra. See more here
This village budgets every drop of water
When most of Maharastra was facing drought in 2016, this tiny village called Kumbharwadi in Ahmednagar district Maharastra was water sufficient. This was because in 2015 they had started a programme to budget their water resources.