Special feature 'Paani ka Passbook: How drought-hit Marathwada villages are budgeting every drop' published in the Forbes India Magazine

In the light of increasing water scarcity in the rural and urban areas, demand-side water management with improvements in its governance have become essential. Recognising this need, WOTR introduced the Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) in 2015, which is currently operational in over 100 villages of Maharashtra and Telangana. To translate the concept of 'water management at community level' into 'on-ground water management practices' is challenging.

These drought-proof villages of Maharashtra have lessons to offer

Maharashtra is currently reeling under drought, however there are some villages which are faring better, thanks to efforts to promote water conservation and efficiency. In that light, we are happy to showcase, that The Week, one of India's top magazines has covered the work WOTR has done in Jalna, to make villages 'drought proof'.

Nearly a third of India’s land needs restoration: Degraded soils cannot support lives

India has declared that it will restore 21 million hectares of degraded land, including wasteland, forest and agricultural land. This can be done only through sustainable land management, combating droughts and restoring forests. In this article published in The Third Pole, WOTR's Arjuna Srinidhi desribes the work done by WOTR over the years, and suggests that the only way to restore India’s degraded lands is with strong community-level engagement and providing evidence-based inputs for replication and scaling.

In India’s Richest State, Drought, Farm Crisis Arrive Early

In Maharashtra, the current drought has severely affected the agriculture scenario in the state. In particular, the Beed district and the Marathwada region in general have been among the most affected. The shortages of water affect both humans and livestock alike. Read this in-depth article from IndiaSpend, on the way the drought is affecting rural communities and their coping mechanisms.

This year’s summer to be warmer than average

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the Indian summer of 2019, to be warmer than usual and can be as higher than one degree Celcius. The IMD report based on simulations from the 'Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System (MMCFS)' model also projects April, May and June months to be warmer by 0.5 to one degree Celcius. In the PuneMirror article WOTR researcher Arjuna Srinidhi says, “Construction works, vehicular pollution, suspended particulate matters (SPM) and daily human activities are aggravating the impacts of rise in temperature.”