Books

Community Driven Vulnerability Evaluation – Programme Designer

Climate change is already creating a host of problems for rural communities especially those dependent on climate sensitive livelihoods such as agriculture, herding, fishing, forest produce gathering, to name a few. For planners, development practitioners and researchers the challenge is to understand how a community may be vulnerable to climate change and why. With this knowledge and information, communities can be mobilised to undertake measures that help them adapt to climate change, reduce its impacts and avoid development patterns/ mal-adaptation that may make communities more vulnerable at a later date.

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
WOTR-PD-handbook-Community Driven Vulnerability Evaluation – Programme Designer.pdf3.84 MB
Read more

WOTR CoDriVE - Visual Integrator

Generally rural communities are left out of development planning as they are considered unable to project their views and needs with a long term vision. Development workers, however, are aware that without the active participation of the local community, sustainability cannot be achieved. Hence, it is best to engage the local inhabitants at the onset, with planning. The gap lies in the ability of the rural inhabitants to communicate their views. To be fruitful, effective communication between the three main players i.e., the local communities, project facilitators, and relevant governmental bodies is the most important requirement. Each player may seem correct in their respective sphere. However, when seen in the totality of the context, the chips may not add up.

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
WOTR _CoDriVE -_Visual_Integrator.pdf1.79 MB
Read more

DROUGHT: a litmus test for Watershed Development

This publication is the compilation of short narratives of community members of the villages in Maharashtra. It documents the situation in these villages in the 'Drought of 2013', the region’s worst drought in 40 years. It also gives an account of how Watershed Organisation Trust’s (WOTR's) approach of Ecosystem Based Integrated Watershed Development was tested against climate variability. It explains how technology such as Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) could be used in the implementation processes and also underlines the need for water management.

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
Drought-Narratives of Summer 2013.pdf3.43 MB
Read more

Biodiversity – A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change

The paper ‘Biodiversity – A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change’ explores the role that biodiversity plays in shaping the adaptive response to climate change. It also documents how degradation of biodiversity can amplify the impacts of climate change, and how biodiversity itself would be under increasing threat from both the climate change and its anthropogenic response, aka adaptation, under business-as-usual economic models. It argues for community-driven, ecosystem-based adaptation, with a call to scrutinize the adaptation programmes and projects for their impact on ecosystem services, which are the true building blocks of adaptation, as also proxy indicators of the health of biodiversity.

Key Messages

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
Biodiversity position paper.pdf351.62 KB
Read more

Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance

The paper, “Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance”, examines the energy scenario – availability, access, influence of markets and government policies – in rural India, especially in the areas where WOTR has been working.  It highlights the successful partnership between local communities, with their innate grounded wisdom and local knowledge, and modern researchers and scientists willing to position their learning and experience on community science.  It roots for a positioning and policy framework that broadens the scope of work from cooking fuel and lighting, to energy needs for irrigation, for trade, business, manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation and construction.

Key messages:

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
Energy position paper.pdf675.24 KB
Read more

Block Level Contingency Plan for Weather Aberrations in Sangamner Block of Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra

Th e Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) has been working in the Sangamner Block since the last 20 years, organizing communities regenerate the watersheds they live in and adopt sustainable agricultural practices. As part of its Climate Change Adaptation project being implemented in 20 villages of this block, WOTR, in collaboration with the Central Research Institute for Dry land Agriculture (CRIDA) has undertaken a study to develop contingency strategies to help the farmer cope with unexpected weather events and build a measure of resilience to nature’s vagaries. This publication Plan is the outcome of this effort.

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
Building Resilience To Climate Variability- Contingency Plan.pdf963.79 KB
Read more

Making Sanitation A ‘Clean’ Habit Lessons from a School Sanitation Project

The water and sanitation sector of India is grappling with the Herculean task of motivating its rural inhabitants to use sanitary facilities and make these and safe drinking water accessible.

This and other such studies made it inevitable on the part of the government to rethink its policy of rural sanitation and introduce changes. The need was to alter the approach to make it more decentralised, people-centric and demand responsive.

 

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
11.Making-Sanitation-a-clean-habit.pdf525.24 KB
Read more

Participatory Net Planning: Reflections & Learnings

Participatory Net Planning (PNP), a methodology which was developed and deployed by WOTR in 1995, is now well known in India and has been widely adopted, albeit adapted to local requirements and also sometimes, differently named, in major public and donor funded watershed development projects in India.

This research report provides details about PNP including concepts, key elements and implementation. The authors have included impacts of PNP, perceptions and observations by stakeholders as well as the roles stakeholders play. Difficulties faced in the field and possibly solutions are explored, and concludes with reflections upon lessons learned.

Read more

A Comparative Study on the Energy Efficiency of the Smokeless Hot Water Chullah and the Traditional Chullah

Increasing industrialization, wasteful habits and unsustainable consumption patterns are escalating the environmental problems due to depletion of energy resources. Demands on the world’s energy requirements are increasing with growing population, economic improvement and urbanization. This increase in demand is mainly being met by non renewable sources of energy which constitute 80% of the fuel used. The unsustainable use of renewable resources and the generation of toxic wastes are destroying the biodiversity, environment and human health.

Read more

System of Crop Intensification (SCI) – a booklet

A booklet on the methodologies, processes and impacts of field-trials of WOTR’s System of Crop Intensification (SCI).

 

Download Book: 
AttachmentSize
SCI-System-of-Crop-Intensification-Booklet.pdf2.35 MB
Read more

Pages