There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
WOTR’s Position Paper on Biodiversity and Adaptation to Climate Change was released on October 16, 2012 at the COP-11 in Hyderabad.
There are various drivers of degradation that are adversely impacting ecosystems and in turn affecting ecosystem services. Â Ironically, the growth economy and unsustainable policies are leading to erosion of the very base – biodiversity and ecosystems. Â Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) is an emerging approach that works with nature to help vulnerable communities build the resilience of their ecosystems and livelihoods that are being threatened by climate change impacts. This approach expects to generate significant multiple benefits – social, economic and cultural.
This position paper explains WOTR’s proactive ecosystem based adaptation strategy crystallized from the ecosystem management and conservation work carried out in different states.