The article ‘Water stewardship in rainfed agrarian Maharashtra’ written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra. The compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ was edited by Shri. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resource Regulatory Authority (MWRRA).
This article is based on observations and lessons learnt from implementing a Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) launched by WOTR that seeks to facilitate a cognitive and organizational shift by bringing science, policy and governance together at the level of practice and community action. It presents the approach; key concepts and processes applied in the WSI and highlights its potential to be taken forward in other similar regions.