Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) is participating at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from the 7th to 18th November, 2016.

WOTR is co-organizing a SIDE-EVENT titled ‘Scaling up Best Practices; From Climate Smart Agriculture, Agro-ecology and Climate Proofing Watershed Projects’,on 7th November 2016.

This event will address the best practices from Climate Smart Agriculture, agro-ecology and watershed projects along with lessons learnt from participatory approaches across the world.Thus, strengthening livelihoods of those most vulnerable to climate change

WOTR is also co-hosting an EXHIBIT from the 7th to 18th November, 2016 with Climate Action Network International (CAN International) and World Vision International (WVI).



Austral Room

Blue Zone, Marrakech,



7 November 2016, 16:45—18:15,


Register now to attend our event only at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scaling-up-best-practices-tickets-28865712122


Invite to Side Event on Scaling up Good Practices_COP22.pdf

Background Note on Scaling up Best Practices_COP22.pdf





16:45 – 16:50


Crispino Lobo, Watershed Organisation Trust

16:50 – 17:00

Early Warning/Early Action

Dr. Maarten van Aalst, Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

17:00 – 17:15

3 mins video, 7mins joint presentation

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration in Ethiopia and Kenya

Lawrence Kiguro Associate Director, Livelihoods and Resilience, World Vision Kenya or Assefa Tofu, Programme Manager, Ethiopia Dry Lands Development, World Vision Ethiopia

17:15 – 17:25



17:25 – 17:35


Stakeholder-Driven Climate Smart Farming Program & Decision Tools for farmers

Dr. Allison Chatrchyan, Cornell University

17:35 – 17:45

UNDP Climate Smart Agro-ecology Projects

Dr. Charles Nyandiga, UNDP


Climate Proofing Watersheds and livelihoods in semi-arid India

Dr. Marcella D’Souza Executive Director Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) India

17:55 – 18:05

Making resilience a compass of foreign policy: The G7 Working Group

Harold Meister, German Foreign Office

18:05 – 18:15

Q&A and Discussion with the Panelists: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Scaling Up CSA

Crispino Lobo, Watershed Organisation Trust




There is an increasing experience of unpredictability in Earth’s climate: rising temperatures, variability in precipitation patterns, extreme events. Such changes have worrying implications for communities dependent on climate sensitive livelihoods like agriculture, forestry, fishing etc., particularly since the business-as-usual strategies are often rendered futile in the face of climate vagaries. Dry land communities face additional challenges owing to the linkages of climate variability and water availability.

The need for assessing vulnerabilities/resilience

Most rural developmental interventions aim to improve the degraded natural resource base and/or augment livelihood options of the dependent communities. These interventions hinge on the assumption that the factors causing vulnerabilities are predictable, therefore manageable. The extreme and sudden occurrences of events in climate variability are inherently less predictable and uncontrollable.While communities have always been exposed to climate variability, what rings the alarm bell is its frequency and intensity, which triggers coping mechanisms that may further compound existing vulnerabilities.

The impacts of climate change vary across regions (e.g. global, national, regional), economic sectors (e.g. agriculture, livestock, industry), social groups (e.g. rural populations, coastal communities,women as a specific group, etc.) Assessing resilience is a key concept in adaptation practice and research. It underlines that ability of individuals, communities, and regions to cope up with differential risks arising from the effects of climate change, when exposed.

 Given this, lack of proper preparedness regarding climate change variables within a project may lead to unsustainability of the intended positive impacts or some harmful impacts.

Through this side event, WOTR emphasizes on the need for assessment of vulnerabilities as part of project designing, since it helps identify appropriate interventions, design the required support systems, and take a timely call on diverting or utilizing the project funds for a more appropriate interventions, hence pacing towards climate proofing watersheds.

WOTR will also share its innovative interventions viz. Agro-meteorology, System of Crop Intensification (SCI) and Water Budgeting (WB) that aid in addressing the far reaching impacts of climate variability.



WOTR is co-hosting an EXHIBIT from the 7th to 18th November, 2016 with Climate Action Network International (CAN International) and World Vision International (WVI).



Thematic categories

Monday, 07 November, 2016 - Friday, 18 November, 2016

Common Exhibit Room

Climate actions by non-Party stakeholders 

Adaptation; Agriculture/Land Use; Biodiversity conservation; Capacity building ; Cities and subnationals ; Climate actions by non-Party stakeholders ; Compliance ; Cooperative approaches/market&non-market instrument; Desertification; Differentiation and equity; Disaster risk reduction, risk assessment/insurance; Education, training and public awareness; Energy; Finance ; Gender; Health; Human rights; Indigenous peoples; Jobs; Loss and damage; Mitigation; Nationally Determined Contributions ; Paris Agreement ; Science and assessment; Sinks, forests, oceans; Sustainable development ; Technology; Transparency; Transportation; Water/food security




VIDEOS: WOTR has made over a 100 films on Watershed Development, Climate Change Adaptation, Gender empowerment, and much more.


WOTR holds 23 years of experience in Participatory Watershed Development. Its unique strength lies in combing ‘on-field’ experience with a systemic, participatory approach.However, given the current status of multidimensional impacts of climate change, there exist considerable knowledge gaps in understanding climate-induced vulnerability, socio-economic impacts and effective pathways to build resilience and adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities. In order to bridge the gaps between science, policy and practice and promote collaborative networks at all levels, WOTR has established the ‘WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS)’ in the year 2015.

Currently, W-CReS is engaged in:

(1)     Three large-scale, trans-disciplinary, applied research projects, namely:

  •  Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)  with financial support from the UK Government's Department for International Development (DfID) and the International Develeopment Research centre.
  • An impact study of climatic and non-climatic drivers on rain-fed regions in Maharashtra and Telangana, supported by the Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF).
  • A study on Soil Protection and Rehabilitation of Degraded Soils for Food Security in India, supported by GIZ-BMZ

(2)     Capacity building, Training and Knowledge Sharing for policy makers, government officials, knowledge workers, development practitioners, donors, local leaders and communities;

(3)     Piloting innovative, scalable, and  knowledge-intensive projects such as:

(i)            The Water Stewardship and Multi- Stakeholder Engagement Initiative (involving the governance, developmental and administrative entities at all levels) which seeks to develop actionable Water Stewardship Plans at the village and cluster levels; 

(ii)           Farmer-Centric Agro-meteorology, in partnership with government entities, to automate the process of generating weather- based crop advisories that are farmer and locale specific.

Read more on WOTR’s experiences and research activities.


WOTR has developed 24 tools / methodologies for community mobilization, 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.

·         CoDriVE-PD: A science based tool for Vulnerability Assessment that has been tested in over 100 villages.

·         Participatory Net Planning: A methodology for the planning and implementation of watershed development projects.


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