WOTR is involved in direct implementation of nationally relevant development programmes, working with bilateral aid agencies, international development and adaptation funding mechanisms, research institutes, private companies (through their CSR actions), and through other partnerships in its thematic areas of focus. Implementation projects include activities across all six thematic areas. We operate directly as the primary implementing agency as will we through capacity building, planning and monitoring of projects implemented by others, which are classified by us implementation ‘support’. These can include preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), Evaluation studies, playing a Monitoring & Evaluation role, and provide learning and documentation support.
WHAT WE DO
RANGE OF IMPLEMENTATION AND SUPPORT ACTIVITIES
- Rural Development
- Watershed Development
- Community Based Agro Advisory
- Water Stewardship Initiative
- Biodiversity Conservation
- Farm Producer Companies
- Drinking water provisioning
- Capacity Building and Training
- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Documentation
- Alternative/Renewable Energy
- Health and Nutrition
- Sustainable Livelihoods
- Tools and Frameworks
- Women Empowerment
KEY PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES WOTR HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH IN THE PAST
- Indo German Watershed Development Project
- Climate Change Adaptation in Rural India
- Drought Prone Areas Programme
- Integrated Watershed Management Programme
- NABARD Holistic Watershed Development Programme
- Employment Guarantee Scheme (Govt of Maharashtra)
Paani ka passbook: How drought-hit Marathwada villages are budgeting every drop
Water Budgeting can help to conserve water in the villages of India, especially in the semi-arid regions. In Maharashtra, WOTR’s Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) trains farmers in semi-arid regions to become efficient water users.
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We currently have 60 projects ongoing, which includes implementation, support and research, in 6 states, MP, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, Telangana and Jharkhand. These include government initiatives such as the Wasundhara Watershed Development Agency (VWDA) of the Government of Maharashtra, the District Watershed Cell of Anuppur, of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, the Jharkhand Tribal Development Society, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. Of these around 29 were supported by the CSR Departments of private companies, while of the remaining 28, 9 were supported by government agencies like NABARD, Government of Maharashtra and Government of Madhya Pradesh and the remaining 19 were supported by non-profits, think-tanks and networks.
Amongst the above, we were involved in providing technical support to initiatives such as Paani Foundation’s Satyameva Jayate Water Cup, the Maharashtra government’s Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture (PoCRA) and the Climate Resilient Agriculture project of the Supraja Foundation.
PUBLICATIONS IN FOCUS
The Wasundhara approach
WOTR’s Wasundhara Approach combines WOTR’s proven technology of watershed development with its Page 1 policies of socio-economic empowerment; it supplements watershed development by helping women and the poor start businesses and exercise their political voices.
Participatory Natural Resource Management
This film from Udaipur, Rajasthan shows how, through participatory natural resource management and community development, food security and livelihood opportunities can be promoted. It brings out the impact of WOTR’s implementation of watershed development in 2 villages of Udaipur district.
Participatory Net Planning
Participatory Net Planning was conceived and developed by the WOTR, during the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme. Since then, it has been widely disseminated across India and the world. This ‘do-it-yourself’ handbook gives you the experience and pedagogy embedded in the PNP methodology.
FEATURED TOOLS AND MANUALS
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
Watershed development is one of the biggest programmes in the country, in terms of resources, land area and agencies involved. This makes monitoring and evaluation systems, all the important. Hence, we present to you our ‘manual’ on ‘Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Systems’, which contains 9 tools related to monitoring of products, processes and impacts of watershed development.
People’s Biodiversity Register
We are pleased to present the People’s Biodiversity Register. (PBR). Though the PBR is Maharashtra specific, it can be adapted for other states too. This ‘How-to’ PBR manual will help protect and grow our natural heritage – the local biodiversity. When maximum number of local communities will be benefited from the PBR, the efforts put in towards developing this manual will have achieved its goal.
Villagers get together to push the desert back
In 2003, Wankute, a village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra was suffering due to desertification and drought. WOTR’s watershed development interventions changed the face of the village, and today the village has plentiful water. How was this achieved? To know this, read India Climate Dialogue’s article.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
To know more about our work, contact us below:
For enquiries about our work in Maharashtra, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries about our work in Rajasthan, Odisha and Telangana, contact Sandeep.email@example.com
For enquiries about our work in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, contact firstname.lastname@example.org