Applied Research and Policy Engagements are an integral part of WOTR’s work. Observing, measuring, assessing implementation challenges and also the improvements that a project brings about have been part of WOTR’s DNA. The focus on trans-disciplinary research, knowledge management, policy advocacy and strategic communications was further strengthened with the setting up of the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) in 2016.
AREAS OF FOCUS IN APPLIED RESEARCH AND POLICY ENGAGEMENTS
- Heat Stress Studies
- Land Use and Land Cover Studies
- Agricultural Innovations
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Water Stewardship
- Ecosystems-Based Adaptation
- Economics of Land Degradation
- Transformative Scenario Planning
- Behavioural Change, Food Security
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Livelihood Diversification, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
- Weather Events
- System of Crop Intensification
- Participatory Natural Resource Management
KEY OUTPUTS IN APPLIED RESEARCH AND POLICY ENGAGEMENTS
- Around 18 major research articles and working papers covering topics like farm ponds, climate-smart agriculture, and vulnerability assessment
- As many as 12 research reports and book chapters covering topics like water stewardship and combating desertification
- As many as 6 policy and research briefs, focusing on heat stress, groundwater usage, land use and land cover
- Follow our Publications section for the full list here
Over the past 3 years, over 40 different knowledge products across the different thematic areas that WOTR is involved in have been published. These include research papers in peer-reviewed journals, policy briefs, manuals and tools, articles in subject specific websites and networks. In addition, we have also published around 80 blogs and 170 Audiovisuals such as films and documentaries.
PUBLICATIONS IN FOCUS
Building Resilience to Climate Change: Water Stewardship in Rainfed Agrarian Villages in Maharashtra, India
The article underlines the necessity to equip people with knowledge and tools to take informed decisions at the farm, enterprise, and community levels that enhance resilience and adaptive capacities. It is based on observations and lessons learnt from implementing Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI).
Vulnerability to heat stress: A case study of Yavatmal, Maharashtra
Heatwave conditions are experienced in rural India in the months of April, May and June. How can this be dealt with? How can rural communities be better prepared to deal with heat stress? Read our policy brief to know.
FEATURED POLICY BRIEF
WOTR co-founder Crispino Lobo Speaking on Climate Change Impact on Indian Agriculture
Crispino Lobo speaking at the ‘New Ideas in Development Cooperation event,’ organised by German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). He speaks on the impact of climate change on agriculture in India, increasing extreme weather events and proposed adaptation methodologies.