How WOTR is helping rural India cope with COVID-19

As the whole world stares at an uncertain future, Watershed Organisation Trust has been at the forefront, helping vulnerable communities in rural India cope with the aftermath of COVID-19. We are doing whatever it takes to mobilise support through our regional resource centres to tackle the challenges faced by farmers who are engaged in agricultural activities as the Kharif season begins.




Adaptation Strategy or Maladaptation – The conversion of Farm ponds into surface storage tanks in Semi-Arid regions of Maharashtra

The findings in this paper emerge from a study of 206 farm ponds constructed in six villages, conducted between 2006 and 2017, in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

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Scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Maharashtra, India: An Analysis of Policies and Programmes.

This paper highlights the Windows of Opportunity or the entry points for scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Maharashtra.This is part of a project jointly implemented by The WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CreS) and TMG Research gGmbH.

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Traditional Wisdom 0f Indigenous Communities is Key in Conservation

Indigenous communities hold a wealth of traditional knowledge on sustainable practices that will help in conservation of natural resources while tackling the climate crisis in the near future.

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How Continuous Contour Trenches Replenish Watersheds

The monsoon is in full swing. Kharif crops are sown. While rainfall nurtures the crops, it is important to replenish groundwater and conserve it for the rabi season too. Proper watershed interventions ensure excess rainwater is channelised and conserved, even in times of recurring

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This playlist features WOTR’s selected videos across thematics. In 25th year video, you can see WOTR’s journey of 25 years from 1993 to 2018. It gives a glimpse of key achievements during the span of 25 years. In ‘Thoda To Socho’, we meet Nakal Singh and Akal Singh, with different worldview about our environment. Find out whose lifestyle is sustainable?  The film won a prize at the Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival 2018, Pune. The video ‘Making Drought a Memory’ shows that watershed development is the only solution to drought by documenting water situation during the drought of 2013.

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Ecosystems-based adaptation keeps water running in Bhojdari even in dry months

Bhojdari’s water self-reliance even withstood the return of migrants to their home village in the wake of the COVID-1 9 pandemic and lockdown. It proved that villages with an ecosystems- based adaptation (EbA) approach to agricultural policy are better placed to provide food security and livelihoods to returning migrant workers.

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Why a gender-sensitive policy is key to climate adaptation

Climate change has markedly different impacts on men and women in developing economies where women gather and prepare food, collect water and fuel. Amidst the climate emergency, these tasks are more difficult. In the event of repeated natural disasters, in patriarchal societies like India, women face greater health and safety risks.

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