WOTR has a team of over 190 people, many of them highly qualified and experienced who are committed to leave their footprints on the road of development and social transformation. These are people who bring to WOTR a diverse range of expertise in areas such as social sciences, watershed technology, finance, media, administration, research and so on.
The Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) is a globally recognized organization dedicated to transforming the lives of millions of poor across India through participatory watershed development and eco-systems restoration, climate resilient sustainable agriculture, integrated and efficient water management and climate change adaptation, with a special emphasis on building resilience of vulnerable communities, farmers, and women. It was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, India.
As of March 31, 2019, WOTR has worked in 3,368 villages and has impacted over 3.35 million people cumulatively since 1993. These figures cover projects in all its areas of implementation, trainings and capacity building activities.
OUR WORK BROADLY COVERS THE FOLLOWING THEMES
THE WOTR CENTRE FOR RESILIENCE STUDIES (W-CReS)
As an organisation committed to applied research, WOTR has established the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) in Pune. W-CReS focuses on engaging with institutional and other stakeholders so that the learnings from ground experience and research programmes can translate and contribute to shaping effective policies and programmes.
THE WOTR GROUP
WOTR has also promoted 3 other non-profit institutions: the Sampada Trust (ST), the Sanjeevani Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development (SIED) and Sampada Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods Foundation (SELF). All these 4 institutions together comprise the WOTR Group and they collectively have supported interventions in 4,827 villages and have impacted 3.7 million people, as of March 31, 2019.
WHAT & HOW WE DO THIS?
Drop by Drop – A brief history of WOTR
WOTR’s mandate is to reduce poverty through community mobilization for sustainable watershed development and integrated rural development. WOTR grew out of the Indo-German Watershed Development Project (IGWDP) launched in 1989 by Father Hermann Bacher, who is considered the father of the participatory watershed movement in India.