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From ME to WE….. From MINE to OURS! A Story of how motivation changes people’s perceptions and drives Community Action

When the water situation in rural communities becomes dire because of high temperatures, inconsistent rainfall, and water wastage, who should step up to address it? This beautifully illustrated story of…

Making Biodiversity A Community Resource, The People’s Biodiversity Register: A “How-To” Manual

This manual provides step-by-step guidance to non-experts on how to conduct and formulate a PBR (People’s Biodiversity Register) with the engagement of the local community. The PBR manual is an…

Participatory Net Planning: A Practitioners Handbook

PNP was born of the need to develop a practical, participation-promoting and inclusive methodology that is at the same time pedagogically and technically sound. The PNP methodology grew out of…

Making Agriculture Climate Smart

WOTR in collaboration with CRIDA, the State Agriculture University (MPKV) and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has prepared a Weather Based Crop Management plan for 3 major crops of Akole…

बुंद बुंद से बनता सागर

A trainer’s manual in Hindi for Self Help Groups (SHGs). Download Article

थेंबे थेंबे तळे साचे

A trainer’s manual in Marathi for Self Help Groups (SHGs). Download Article

IGWDP Operaions Manual

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CoDriVE – Visual Integrator

This manual is the consequence of experiences gained while implementing “CoDriVE – Visual Integrator” on the ground in various villages in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Download Article

Children’s Biodiversity Register (CBR) A Field Guide

Ecologic newsletter highlights the Shishwad Biodiversity Festival. Download Article

Co DriVE Program Designer

This book tells the user (planner, researcher and development practitioner) about the tool CoDriVE-PD, the tool that helps craft projects that take into account vulnerability to climate change. This handbook…

You gave me a chance

‘You Gave ME a Chance’, is the voice of thousands of lives that have been transformed through the support of the Becker/Cordes Stiftung and the Rotary Clubs of Hagen-Lenne and…

A Step Towards Quenching Rural India’s Thirst Experiences and Learnings from the Water Stewardship Initiative in Maharashtra

Challenges in the water sector in India Groundwater is the backbone of India’s agriculture and drinking water security today. India is the largest groundwater user in the world. Groundwater supports…

Kali aai nirogi tar ahe na?

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IMPROVING ANIMAL HEALTH SERVICES Understanding morbidity and mortality losses due to diseases in livestock from five Indian States

The study is being implemented on estimating the economic losses incurred by farmers due to animal mortality and morbidity. Although several disease-specific economic loss studies have been done, understanding the…

People’s Biodiversity Register A How-To manual

Importance of protecting biodiversity Biodiversity is our heritage that will protect us. Hence, it is important to protect our biodiversity. With the the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, the goal of…

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Watershed Development: Case Studies of Applied Tools

Watershed development is one of the largest developmental interventions in the country in terms of resources, geographical spread and agencies involved. The investments in watershed development programmes (Drought Prone Areas…

Making Agriculture Climate Smart: A Compendium of Weather-based Advisories for Management of Paddy, Finger Millet and Summer Groundnut in Akole Block of Ahmednagar Distrit, Maharashtra

Agriculture in india is highly vulnerable to climate change especially in rain-dependent regions which constitute over 60% of india’s cultivated area. Maharashtra, India’s second largest state on the western seaboard,…

BUILDING RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE VARIABILITY: Block Level Contingency Plan for Weather Aberrations in Sangamner Block of Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra

Farmers are already experiencing climate variability – the precursor and manifestation of a profound long term shift underway in climate dynamics and they are largely unprepared for it. Centuries of…

Community-driven vulnerability assessment and resilience building: cases from development contexts

The developing world suffers most the impacts of climate change. The need for having more robust, inclusive and sustainable adaptation options has been emphasized in the Paris Agreement and the…

Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance

Climate change is already happening and its effects, especially on rural communities in India, are particularly adverse. The need is to highlight the key issues and understand the practical challenges…

Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Holder Producers

Climate change is already happening and its effects, especially in rural communities in India, are particularly adverse. The need is to highlight the key issues and understand the practical challenges…

Local Exchange Systems: Designing Community Incentives

Economic Globalization in its current form is a centralising juggernaut which often causes large-scale resource depletion in remote eco-systems, unpredictable price variations in essential commodities and lead to macroeconomic upheaval.…

Livestock systems, vulnerability and climate change – Insights from the grass roots

The proposition Drylands cover about 41 percent of Earth’s land surface and are inhabited by more than two billion people, of which 90 percent are in developing countries. They are…

Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change: Strategies for a Sustainable Future

There is growing acceptance that climate is changing, and will impact ecosystems and food production all over the world; in most cases, irreversibly. Food is an ecosystem service, which is…

DROUGHT: A litmus test for Watershed Development

Droughts are difficult to see. Unlike earthquakes and tsunamis where thousands come running to help, and funds pour in from all quarters, drought is rarely seen as an emergency. They…

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Little Drop of Water Make a Mighty Ocean

Desite initial attempts to improve the condition of their life they usually reach a state of frastration and give up. The down-side continues untill they begin to critically look at…

The Carbon Climax: End of HydroCarbon Legacy A Decade of Metamorphosis and Rapid Change

While unbridled use of fossil fuels has triggered climate change, the impending peak oil will make it frighteningly difficult for the world to adapt to variations in weather and other…

Agriculture market price fluctuations, changing livestock systems and Vulnerability Connect – a case of Mhuswandi watershed, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra

Majority of the rural poor in India depend on livestock rearing as a means of livelihood. In resource fragile regions, semi-arid and arid regions, in particular, livestock plays a critical…

Gender Dimension of Climate Change Adaptation: an exploration into the perceptions of women and the community

Substantial past work and documentation exists on gender and environment issues, but there is little explicit research on the gendered impact of climate change. Women being the poorest in the…

What are we in for? Rural dynamics in the context of Climate Change

Climate change is upon us and we are faced with the challenge of understanding what is really happening, predicting what is likely to happen and more importantly, finding appropriate ways…

Drop by Drop

The Land and the People Bankimchandra, the visionary poet salutes the prosperity of the motherland and its rich natural resources and plentiful water. Yet, a look at the landscape of…

Insertion of Exogenous Development Measures on an Endogenous System: A Case Study of the Gangewadi Water Resources Management

Various systems have been developed by local communities in their attempt to address common needs particularly that of food and water security. The design of these takes the local socio-ecological…