Since the lockdown was implemented on March 24, 2020, WOTR has been working at the frontlines, across seven states in India, being a source of support for the rural communities, especially farmers in these difficult times. We present to you a snapshot of our work — the relief measures we are undertaking on the ground to arrest the losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Highlights of the June
As part of the consultation, Crispino Lobo submitted a memorandum calling for action on water, climate change, groundwater, improving soil health and tribal upliftment. Read more
A Step Towards Quenching Rural India’s Thirst: Experiences and Learnings from the Water Stewardship Initiative in Maharashtra
Water situation in Maharashtra is alarming. It is getting worse in spite of having different legislations for management of water resources. Absence of effective demand side management of water is a main reason for this disturbing situation. To address this issue, we are happy to share WOTR's new book that presents the highlights of the approach, strategies adopted and lessons learnt from the Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) initiative. WOTR has launched WSI in 100 rain-dependent villages in Maharashtra with an objective to sensitise communities about the “water health” and to enable them to harvest and use water efficiently.
We are happy to inform you that Pune Mirror covered. WOTR's Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) and how it helped farmers in the drought-prone Marathwada region shift to less water-intensive crops. Read more
We are happy to showcase, that 'The Week', magazine has covered the work WOTR has done in Jalna, to make villages 'drought proof'. This is against the backdrop of the severe drought Maharashtra is currently facing. There are some villages in Maharashtra which are better off in terms of water availability, thanks to efforts to promote water conservation and efficiency. Read more
“Projects never fail, yet projects never scale” was the title of the side-event organized by the TMG-Think Tank in Nairobi, Kenya. The event, supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) had participation from Guatemala, India, Germany and Kenya. The blog addresses questions such as - How do we create an enabling environment for Ecosystem-Based Adaptation? (EbA) How do we upscale it? Janardhan Pawar and Arjuna Srinidhi participated in the event on behalf of WOTR. Read more
Contributing to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: From water to agriculture, well-being and beyond
In this special feature published in the 'India Water Portal', WOTR's Arjuna Srinidhi, Marcella D'Souza and Crispino Lobo discuss learnings and experiences from WOTR's efforts towards reporting on SDG targets. The multi-disciplinary and holistic approach followed by WOTR is central to the SDGs too, whose benefits lie in their capacity to integrate environmental, social and development challenges. Read more
India has declared that it will restore 21 million hectares of degraded land, including wasteland, forest and agricultural land. This can be done only through sustainable land management, combating droughts and restoring forests. In this article published in The Third Pole, WOTR's Arjuna Srinidhi desribes the work done by WOTR over the years, and suggests that the only way to restore India’s degraded lands is with strong community-level engagement and providing evidence-based inputs for replication and scaling. Read more
Enabling cross-regional exchanges to advance knowledge on impacts of global warming
We are happy to share a Q&A session with Dr. Aradhana Yaduvanshi, researcher with WOTR. Here, Aradhana talks about the opportunity to work with Prof. Mark New and Dr. Modathir Zaroug at the African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI). She also shares key findings of ASSAR’s study on 1.5-2 degree warming in India. The article is published in June 2019 issue of ProSus Magazine. The magazine showcases the voices of researchers, thinkers and storytellers, and perspectives that build bridges between science and society, between local and global realities. Read more
Watering concrete or concreting water?
In times of declining groundwater levels, the growing use of concrete in roads, pavements, and other public areas is affecting percolation of water in cities. Nitesh Rikame's blog post underlines the need to rethink the current trend of concrete usage and to have a collective dialogue about the management of groundwater resources. Read more
Creating A Desired Future For Water Security
Our new film describes Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) process applied to explore the desirable scenario of Water in Jalna. It also shows how the stakeholders in Jalna came together to discuss their concerns about water situation and find out concrete actions to achieve their desirable future. Watch it here
"I have come to observe many plus and minus points of this non-profit sector. The first plus point is that one can be independent and have scope for creativity. You are free to implement your ideas, provided you can get people on board. Second, this sector has plentiful opportunities for people of all levels. Lastly, there is tremendous personal growth and satisfaction." Read more
Photogallery for the month of June 2019