News Digest - February 2019

WOTR organizes workshop on 'Building Resilience to Drought' at WALMI
A one day workshop on the theme of ‘building resilience to drought’ in 5 districts (Ahmednagar, Beed, Nashik, Jalna and Yavatmal) of Maharashtra was organized on the 8th January 2019 jointly by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI- an autonomous body under the Ministry of Soil and Water Conservation Department, Government of Maharashtra). The workshop was conducted at WALMI, Aurangabad and was attended by about 150 participants that included participants from various government departments of these districts. In the workshop important steps to reduce severe impacts of droughts were discussed and practical  short and medium term strategies were planned as a joint effort for building resilience to drought. 
Participation in Knowledge to Action Lab in New Delhi organised by Global Development Network with UNFCCC

Senior Researcher at WOTR Arjuna Srinidhiwas a part of the Knowledge2Action lab organised recently in New Delhi, on the future of research in the development sector, and what the knowledge gaps are in adapting to climate change. This film captures the reflections of experts and researchers on the impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change in the Hindukush Himalaya subregion and downstream countries.  Watch it here
 Latest publication
We are delighted to share with you a booklet "You gave me a chance", that depicts the work done by WOTR under the 'Chance for Girls project' in 344 villages of Maharashtra. The project was implemented in collaboration with Becker-Cordes Stiftung and the Rotary Clubs of Hagen-Lenne & Lippetal. The project focused on women empowerment, nutrition and changing mindsets of rural communities towards the girl child. This booklet chronicles the journey that help communities to recognise the importance of girls in their lives. Read more

Latest blog posts

One key component in the effective management of groundwater resources at the local level is the participatory 3D modelling (P3DM), which creates awareness among local village communities on the availability of groundwater resources in their village and ways of conserving it. Read our latest blog post by Sarita Chemburkar to know more about participatory 3D modelling and how it helps manage water resources at a local level. Read more

WOTR in News


We are happy to present to you a translation of a discussion between our Senior Researcher Arjuna Srinidhi and Elvira Greiner of Andheri-Hilfe. The original article was published in German magazine, Sudesian. The discussion focuses on the challenges posed by climate change, the issue of farmer suicides in India and how agriculture can be made more resilient to climate change.  Read more
We are happy to share with you the news published in the daily newspaper The Pioneer, Bhopal edition about the successful completion of the Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) in five villages of the Mandla district in Madhya Pradesh. The project was funded by HDFC Bank Ltd. and benefited 824 families. The project activities mainly focused on rural development, agriculture and livelihood enhancement. Read more

We are delighted to share with you that the well-known Hindi newspaper 'Hindustan' covered the visit of MGNREGA officials to Bamhani, a WOTR village in Khunti district, Jharkhand. Around 120 government officials including Block Project Officers, Junior Engineers and Assistant Engineers of MGNREGA have visited Bamhani village to see the watershed development work carried out in the village. This visit will help these officials to apply watershed development approach in CFT (Cluster Facilitation Team Project) block villages. Read more

We are delighted to inform you that our film 'Thoda to socho' (Think about it) was screened at the Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival 2019. The film describes the adverse effects of rising plastic use and explains how even small steps, like using cloth bags for shopping, can reduce plastic pollution and ensure a greener world. Watch it here

In the last decade, the child sex ratio in many villages of Beed and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra had declined rapidly, owing to the bias against the girl child. But the 'Save the Girl Child' project, has been trying to reverse this harmful trend. Watch our short film “Save The Girl Child” to know more. This film captures the project activities, that aimed at improving the status of a girl child. It was supported by Becker-Cordes Stiftung and Rotary Club of Hagen-Lenne and implemented by WOTR and Sampada Trust.  Watch it here

WOTRian of the Month - Harish Daware
Harish Daware is currently a Deputy General Manager in WOTR, working at the Ahmednagar office. He has been working in WOTR since 1996, joining straight after graduating from the Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth Parbhani (VNMKV). He reflects on his memorable and continuing journey with WOTR, from a Trainee Engineer to a DGM. Read more

Openings @WOTR

Agriculture Expert
WOTR is looking for M.Sc. in agricultural sciences with minimum 3-4 years of experience in development sector.  The candidate is expected to provide thematic leadership and guidance on agriculture and allied activities to different project teams and active technical support to various agriculture and allied activities in different districts in Madhya Pradesh. The position is based at  Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. Interested candidates can apply immediately to mp@wotr.orgRead more
WOTR is looking for a candidate who would be frequently traveling to project locations for the purpose of providing support and inputs to the field team and to carry out research studies etc based in Jabalpur, MP.  The position provides a unique opportunity to work on wide range of development issues including climate change, forest management, agriculture and watershed development. A minimum of 3-4 years of experience in development sector especially with rural development background is essential. Candidates should have a post-graduation or diploma in communications, agriculture, rural development, NRM or related theme. Read more

Photogallery for the month of January 2019

Health camp in Kolomda village of Murhu Block in Khunti district, Jharkhand.

Aquifer based water management workshop for Darewadi- Shelkewadi villages, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra

DPR preparation meeting with NABARD officials at Deulgaon Ghat village in Ashti block of Beed District

Water budgeting exercise for school children of  Joharwadi and Khandgoan, Karanji cluster, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra