Fr. Hermann Bacher

He is widely known as the ‘Father of participatory watershed development in Maharashtra’ for conceptualising, designing and launching the acclaimed Indo-German Watershed development Program. The successful implementation of this large-scale bilateral program laid the foundations for the setting up of the national Watershed Development Fund at NABARD by the Government of India in 1999, as well as the development of pedagogies and a huge pool of skilled personnel and that facilitated widespread up-scaling of participatory watershed development across the country. Fr. Bacher, though born and brought up in Switzerland made Maharashtra his home in his early 20”s. Having come into close contact with villagers whose lives had turned into a nightmare because of lack of sustainable water resources, he initiated large-scale community led watershed development activities and subsequently co-founded WOTR together with Crispino Lobo. His favourite phrases are “Without watershed development, there is no solution to drought” and “If Water is the problem; then WOTR is the solution.”