Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to share a case study of 'Sattechiwadi' included as one of the best practices published in the Ministry of Environment and Forest, GOI National Report 2012 submitted to UNCCD. It gives an account of the activities implemented in Sattechiwadi (a hamlet of Hivargaon) Maharashtra and how specific land degradation problems were addressed.
In a previous article titled, “Gender and Watershed Development” (Research Note published by the ODI in AgREN - July 1997), I had outlined the impact watershed development (WSD) was observed to have on women’s lives and on gender relationships. I had spelt out some of the difficulties and the significant benefits involved, as well as how women perceive these impacts. I had indicated that while WSD does initially increase the workload of women it would, if consciously attended to, offer them unique opportunities to better their economic situation as well as to enhance their status in their own eyes and that of their society.