A chapter titled 'Enabling Gendered Environment for Watershed Management' written by Dr. Eshwer Kale and Dipak Zade, has been published in a SAGE book 'Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes Lessons from India'.
The Initiative on Climate Change Policy and Governance is an initiative that focuses on climate policy and governance aspects, with an aim to encourage interaction between political scientists, economists and business. As part of this, the ICCG organizes the Best Climate Practices Contest annually to collect innovative methods of tackling climate change from all over the world which have potential for upscaling. The theme of the 2017 edition of the BCP Contest was “Building local resilience to climate disaster risk”.
Out of the 200 entries from around the world, 19 were selected for the evaluation process. Out of those, Watershed Organization Trust’s Water Stewardship Initiative was selected for a Special Mention by the expert panel of judges.
The concept behind the WSI was to promote resilience in the rain dependent regions of India, where climate change and erratic rainfall have resulted in a drastic fall in water shortages and fall in agricultural production.
Quoting from the article, WSI includes “Traditional knowledge and local water governance practices of rural communities are unable to cope with these risks and losses. In October 2015, Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) was launched as part of the WOTR Centre for Resilience Stuides (W-CReS)", an initiative supported by Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF). WSI seeks to facilitate this cognitive and organizational shift by bringing science, policy and governance together at the level of practice and community action. The approach adopted is “co-production of knowledge and learning for behavioral and institutional change.”
In collaboration with Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF), WOTR is implementing WSI in 106 villages of Maharashtra and Telangana states.
Three strong points of this approach are:
· It builds capacities among the local resident population
· It creates behavioural change by providing crop related advisories and SMS
· It paves the way for communication between policy makers and the farming population, as it is based on the concept of stakeholder engagement.
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