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Water Budgeting: A tool for improving water governance at local level

While working in rural India for more than 25 years, WOTR found the Water Budgeting tool to be very powerful, if implemented by taking into account the water stewardship approach.…

Dushkal Nivaranasathi Shashwat Upayanchi Akhni (Planning sustainable measures to tackle drought)

This article written by Crispino Lobo, Managing Trustee, WOTR published in Vanrai Magazine talks about community driven intergrated watershed development and efficient water use management Download Article

Community Based Disaster Management of WOTR

This article describes ‘Disaster Risk Reduction ‘ Component of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) programme implemented by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR). It also illustrates WOTR’s multi-pronged approach in Community Based…

Up Scaling Local Adaptations in India: What Works!

The article ‘Up Scaling Local Adaptations in India: What Works!’ by Neha Gupta describes how WOTR integrates the approach build on inherent knowledge in communities with new innovative adaptations to…

Self-sufficiency assured: for survival in the village

This article published in the German Magazine by Elvira Greiner of Andheri Hilfe, describes the change she has witnessed in the lives of people.

Islands of survival-or more?

The article is a transcript of a discussion between our Senior Researcher Arjuna Srinidhi and President Andheri Hilfe Bonn Elvira Greiner.

An article “Letzter Ausweg: Suizid” featured in punkt.um

There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives…

Practitioner’s Perspective on the JSA

Please read our response to ‘an article on Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan (JSA)’ is published in the ‘Economic and Political Weekly/ issue (Vol. 54, Issue No. 29, 20 Jul, 2019) at…

Plasticulture: Should we continue with it?

Plasticulture is the application of plastics in agricultural cultivation and is fast becoming the most sought-after technique to augment farm yields and farm income. But, there is also a flip…

From water to agriculture, well-being and beyond

In this special feature published in the India Water Portal, WOTR’s Arjuna Srinidhi (Senior Researcher, Climate policy), Marcella D’Souza (Director, WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies) and Crispino Lobo (Managing Trustee)…

Enabling cross-regional exchanges to advance knowledge on impacts of global warming

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,…

Plastic Bandiche Shivdhanushya: Banning Plastic a Herculean Task

The Environment Department of the Government of Maharashtra and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) recently released a special issue compendium titled issue ‘Plastic Bandiche Shivdhanushya’ (Banning plastic: A herculean…

Adapting to climate variation through crop diversification

While farmers everywhere are struggling to cope with the changing agro-climatic conditions, a few farmers in Kumbharwadi village in Maharashtra are adapting to the situation by diversifying their cropping systems.…

Adding value to farm pond implementation with geospatial information

This Stakeholder engagement report explains the process used for developing a flexible, community-oriented approach to operationalizing climate change adaptation planning and natural resource management. This process was used in a…

Water stewardship in rainfed agrarian Maharashtra

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.

Managing the Increasing Heat Stress in Rural Areas

The present study examines the vulnerability of rural communities to heat stress in the semiarid villages in the Maharashtra state of India. The study was conducted in five villages of…

From Vulnerability Assessments to Low/No Regret Resilience Planning in Rural Contexts

This chapter draws on lessons learnt from natural resources management projects in three Indian states – which includes designing projects, making mid-course modifications, and conducting project evaluations. It provides guidelines…

Agro-Met Services and Farmer Responsiveness to Advisories: Implications for Climate Smart Agriculture

This chapter in ‘Handbook of Climate Change Resilience’ aims to understand the nature and importance of different components of WOTR advisory system and the response of farmers to the agro-met…

IGDSS – Applied Technology at the Grassroots Using Satellite imagery and Mobile GPS at village level for on-site plot level Crop-Mapping

The objective of the study is to develop a methodology aimed at obtaining season wise plot level crop data using High-resolution satellite image and mobile GPS. And also to arrive…

Enabling Gendered Environment for Watershed Management

Women’s participation is widely recognised in watershed programmes: however, it is not addressed beyond activities like SHG formation and conventional credit and savings. WOTR evolved a new approach for watershed…

Crop Planning For Food and Nutrition Security Using GIS and Mobile GPS Technology – A Case Study of Ghoti Village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

Ghoti village of Ahmednagar district, agro-climatically falls in transition zone and agriculture is rainfed. This region has experienced erratic climatic events like rainfall, coldwave and dryspells frequently which damaged crops.…

Birds of Darewadi Learning Centre and Watershed

The Watershed Organization Trust is taking concrete steps towards conservation of avifauna around the Centre. In order to create a refuge, We have planned to phase out exotic species and…

Identifying hotspots in land use land cover change and the drivers in a semi-arid region of India

The study examines long-term land use/land cover change (LUCC) at a finer scale in a semi-arid region of India. The objectives were to study and quantify the spatiotemporal LUCC and…

Transformation, adaptation and development: relating concepts to practice

In recent years there has been a growing number of academic reviews discussing the theme of transformation and its association with adaptation to climate change. On the one hand this…

Identifying Climate Risks and Assessing Differential Vulnerability of Communities in Ahmednagar and Aurangabad Districts of Maharashtra

India has large drought-prone drylands that support climate sensitive livelihoods for local communities. Climate variability manifested as unseasonal and low rainfall have caused heavy crop loss for farmers. Aggravating this…