On May 1, 2020, WOTR brought together a diverse range of stakeholders including policy makers, government officials, researchers, corporate donor representatives, and development practitioners for a half-day virtual workshop in order to reach a consensus on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for building resilience to COVID-19 in rural Maharashtra.
Overview of WOTR's works (30th Sept 2017)
- Operating in 7 States (Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Orissa)
- Rural Developmental work in 2,682 villages impacting over 2.3 million people, of which:
WOTR has been directly involved in 892 villages impacting over 1 million people
WOTR has supported partner agencies working in 1,790 villages impacting over 1.3 million people.
- Watershed Development/Natural Resource Management in 1,543 villages involving a total geographical area of 917,603 ha ( 9,176.03 sq.kms)) covered; over 1.43 million people impacted, of which:
WOTR has been directly involved in 703 villages covering an area of 489,511 ha.(4,895.11 sq.kms.) impacting 856,394 people:
· Watershed development in 479 villages
· Through MGNREGA in 224 villages
WOTR has supported partner agencies working in 840 villages, covering an area of 428,092 ha. (4,280.92 sq km) impacting 571,971 people
- Climate Change Adaptation: interventions in 114 villages impacting 105,006 people covering an area of 64,022 ha (included above)
- Establishment of Farmer Producer Companies (FPC): 16 FPCs (Maharashtra, Telangana and Jharkhand) have been formed to assist 3,364 farmer members from 123 villages to reduce the production cost and to support them in market linkages
- Drinking Water Provisioning (Schemes) in 157 villages / hamlets benefitting over 59,500 people
- Women Self Help Groups (SHGs): A total of 7,568 SHGs promoted involving 97,012 women, of which :
WOTR has been directly involved in building up 3,550 SHGs impacting 43,614 women
WOTR has provided support to 4,018 partner-supported SHGs impacting 53,398 women.
- Training, Capacity Building: 309,043 + people from 27 states of India and 63 countries have participated in Trainings and Exposures programs organized by WOTR.
- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Documentation Support: for 610 villages (112 projects) from 3 districts impacting over 625,000 people covering 481,591 ha. (4815.91 sq.km) under the IWMP and RIDF Projects in Maharashtra.
- Alternate Energy Electrified 4,010 households with Solar Home Light System, 53,456 students with portable study solar lamps and 226 Solar Street Light System in 72 villages; installed Agni Biomass stove in 3,563 households, Biogas Plants in 786 benefitting 896 households, Hot Water Chulha/ Smokeless Chulha in 4,150 households and 36 large Parabolic Solar Cookers for mid-day meals in schools, 57 Treadle Pumps and 11 Solar Pumping Systems (3 hp and 5 hp) in 6 villages.
- Health and Nutrition: 139 villages impacting over 76,233 households. Child Growth Monitoring and Nutrition Promotion ( 0-5 years) to combat malnutrition are undertaken in all WOTR villages. 13 booklets & 10 posters on various health issues have been published.
- The School for Sustainable Living and Livelihoods, a WOTR initiative, has trained 107 rural youth as Rural Resource Persons for Climate Change Adaptation and Local Development Promoters.
- Community Based Agro-Advisory: 103 Agro-met stations installed in 3 states, advisories are being sent via SMS benefitting 18,111 farmers from 303 villages.
- Knowledge Management : Applied Research- 104 research papers / impact studies and Socio-economic Baseline Studies of several Watershed Villages.
- Communication and Documentation : 12 Watershed Voices, 11 flipcharts, 10 posters, 68 books/ booklets, 15 case studies over 160 editions of “PanlotParivar” and 47 editions of “Vikaspedia Newsletter, over 32 editions of “WOTR Newsletter” a quarterly English newsletter, 27 blog posts in the WOTR blog have been published. 129 videos/Audio visuals in English, Marathi, Hindi and Telugu have been made.
- Tools and Frameworks: - developed 24 tools / methodologies for community mobilisation, watershed development, climate change adaptation, vulnerability and risk assessment, accountability-enhancement and empowerment of women and Gram Panchayats. Some of these tools are supported by customized software packages.
- IT-enabled tools for project formulation, project management, decision support and monitoring have been developed