WOTR’s publications on applied research include research reports, policy briefs, information briefs, working papers, position papers, etc. on issues related to watershed development, climate change, water, agriculture, livelihoods, health and nutrition, gender, and alternate energy. Many papers are published in peer-reviewed journals. Our research outputs showcase our engagement with diverse stakeholders, offering insights and best practices derived from implementation on the ground. The underlying aspect of our research output is ‘research-into-use’, where we strive to undertake research studies that help support vulnerable communities.

From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Derived from extensive research and case studies located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, the report “From Watershed Development to Ecosystem-based Adaptation” shows that EbA can help build systemic resilience in ecosystems and…

EbA Info-Brief Series #6: Why Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Water Management?

The sixth info brief in the series presents Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) as a systemic approach for Water management. It highlights the challenges to water management and opportunities for upscaling…

EbA Info-Brief Series #5: Livestock and Ecosystem-based Adaptation

This is the fifth info brief, in a six part series, that discusses the symbiotic role of livestock in ecosystems, the challenges and opportunities for upscaling EbA in the livestock…

EbA Info-Brief Series #4: An Ecosystem-based approach to Climate Resilient Agriculture

The fourth info brief highlights the influence of an Ecosystem based approach to Climate Resilient Agriculture. Climate change, ecological degradation, and market pressures threaten sustainable agriculture production in Maharashtra, India.…

EbA Info-Brief Series #3: Managing Land and Forests– the value of Ecosystem-based Adaptation

The third info brief in the series touches upon the importance of Managing Land and Forests for Upscaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change in the Rainfed Regions of Maharashtra,…

EbA Info-Brief Series #2: Strengthening biodiversity to enhance ecosystem-based adaptation

This is the second info brief, part of five others in the series, which refers to strengthening biodiversity conservation to enhance EbA in Maharashtra. These info briefs are a part…

EbA Info-Brief Series #1: Adapting to climate change in India – the value of an ecosystem-based response

This info-brief is the first in a series of info-briefs from the project on Upscaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change in the Rainfed Regions of Maharashtra, India. Ecosystem-based Adaptation…

Economic valuation of reducing land degradation through watershed development in east Madhya Pradesh under risks of Climate extremes

The study indicates that the impact of sustainable land management through WSD as implemented by NGOs is an economically beneficial developmental intervention for periods of normal rainfall, as well as…

Scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Maharashtra, India: An Analysis of Policies and Programmes.

This paper highlights the Windows of Opportunity or the entry points for scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Maharashtra. This is part of a project jointly implemented by The WOTR Centre…

Scaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Maharashtra, India: An Analysis of Policies and Programmes.

This paper highlights the Windows of Opportunity or the entry points for scaling-up Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Maharashtra. This is part of a project jointly implemented by The WOTR Centre…

Gaalmukt Dharan, Gaalyukt Shivar (Tank Desiltation) Scheme in Maharashtra, India: Policy Concerns and the Way Forward

Gaalmukt Dharan, Gaalyukt Shivar’ is an important desiltation scheme offered by the Government of Maharashtra for improving water storage capacity of reservoirs and increasing soil fertility of farms. The latest…

Subjective Wellbeing Analysis as a means of achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Evidences from the semi-arid villages in Maharashtra

The CARIAA-ASSAR Working Paper ‘Subjective Wellbeing Analysis as a means of achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Evidences from the semi-arid villages in Maharashtra’ by Bidisha Sinha and Ramkumar Bendapudi, explores the…

EbA Info-Brief Series #1: Adapting to climate change in India – the value of an ecosystem-based response

This info-brief is the first in a series of info-briefs from the project on Upscaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change in the Rainfed Regions of Maharashtra, India. Ecosystem-based Adaptation…

Building Resilience and Coping with Water Insecurity

This report explores the resilience and vulnerability of livelihoods within the context of water security across three different agro-ecological zones- assured rainfall zone, transition zone and scarcity zone. The study…

Triggers and Trajectories of Sustainable Groundwater Management in Semi-Arid Regions of Maharashtra, India

This paper is an exploration of the mental models of groundwater sustainability in the semi-arid regions of Maharashtra. It aims to understand the behavioural aspects of groundwater management, in particular…

Economics of Climate Change Adaptations in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra

This study has been conducted in six selected villages where WOTR implemented a landscape climate change adaptation (CCA) project covering 25 villages in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra from 2010…

Problematic Uses and Practices of Farm Ponds in Maharashtra

Although the construction of farm ponds is portrayed as a miracle strategy by the state and central government as well as popular media, the manner of its implementation and practice…

Making Smallholder Farming Climate-smart Integrated Agrometeorological Services

Climate change is accompanied by increasing weather uncertainty. Farmers, especially smallholder farmers, need advance warning of emergent weather conditions at a local level. Mobile telecommunication systems are increasingly cost-effective and…

Building Resilience to Climate Change: Water Stewardship in Rainfed Agrarian Villages in Maharashtra, India

In rain-dependent drylands of India, unseasonal rainfall and decrease in precipitation cause losses in agriculture-related livelihoods and water scarcity for humans and livestock. Traditional knowledge and local water governance practices…

HEAT STRESS How does one recognize Heat Stress? What should you do when a person suffers from heat stress?

Heat stress advisory giving signs and symptoms and the appropriate response to the symptoms of heat stress. It covers basic information on ‘How does one recognize Heat Stress?. What should…

Land Use/Land Cover Changes in Semi-Arid Regions of Maharashtra

The rapid land use change can exacerbate the effect of climate change and contributes to resource overuse. This brief provides the information of land use change over the last 25…

Socio-Economic Implications: Conversion of Farm Ponds into Surface Storage Tanks in Semi-Arid Maharashtra

Farm ponds have been promoted through the central and state government programmes in India as a drought mitigation measure to secure agrarian livelihoods. While farm ponds were initially developed to…

Avoiding the Tragedy of the Water Commons: Promoting Sustainable Groundwater Management in Maharashtra

Groundwater is an invisible common pool resource. However, competitive individual extraction of groundwater through dug wells and bore holes has led to a decline in groundwater levels creating a ‘tragedy…

Reducing Human Vulnerability to Heat Stress in Rural Communities of Semi-Arid Maharashtra

Summer temperatures in India have been rising over the last few decades, resulting in increased heat-related morbidity and mortality. Future climate projections for India indicate that heat waves will likely…

Adaptive Sustainable Agricultural Practices: To Build Soil Resilience and Enhance Crop Productivity

Adaptive Sustainable Agriculture (ASA) along with sustainable land management practices help to conserve the natural resources, revive the degraded agricultural lands, enhance crop production, and achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)…

Water Stewardship and Water Budgeting: A Pathway to manage the water available in a time of growing water scarcity in rainfed Maharashtra

The state is facing repeated droughts in many regions, resulting in crop loss and failure, despite substantial water harvesting interventions (supply side). The drastic depletion of groundwater is resulting in…

EbA Info-Brief Series #2: Strengthening Biodiversity to Enhance Ecosystem-based Adaptation

This is the second info brief, part of five others in the series, which refers to strengthening biodiversity conservation to enhance EbA in Maharashtra. These info briefs are a part…

EbA Info-Brief Series #3: Managing Land and Forests – the value of Ecosystem-based Adaptation

The third info brief in the series touches upon the importance of Managing Land and Forests for Upscaling Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change in the Rainfed Regions of Maharashtra, India.…

Community Well to Solve Water Woes by a Tribe in Partala

The case study is depicting how 12 families of Partala village in Madhya Pradesh came together under the WOTR initiative, and used their traditional knowledge to develop efficient drainage patterns.…

EbA Info-Brief Series #4: An Ecosystem-based approach to Climate Resilient Agriculture

The fourth info brief highlights the influence of an Ecosystem based approach to Climate Resilient Agriculture. Climate change, ecological degradation, and market pressures threaten sustainable agriculture production in Maharashtra, India.…

Impact Assessment of Organic and SCI methods:Soybean-Wheat cropping sequence in Bhokardan block of Jalna District, Maharashtra

WOTR has implemented the Pro-Soil project funded by GIZ in 8 villages of Bhokardan block of Jalna district in Maharashtra. The primary aim of the project is to promote sustainable…

How much water is in the ground, and what does this mean for vulnerability?

Groundwater, a renewable and finite natural resource, is a vital source of sustenance for humans and different ecosystems in the semi-arid regions. Rapid population growth in the last three decades…

Unusual Congregation of Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis In A Wheat Field

A note ‘Unusual Congregation of Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus Affinis In A Wheat Field’ by Girish Jathar, Sachin Anpat, Balu Bhangare and Dharmaraj Patil is published in the Journal of Bombay…

From migration to livelihoods security and self-reliance through watershed development

This case study ‘From migration to livelihoods security and self-reliance through watershed development’ describes how the watershed development intervention has led to increased ownership and collective action among community members to…

EbA Info-Brief Series #5: Livestock and Ecosystem-based Adaptation

This is the fifth info brief, in a six part series, that discusses the symbiotic role of livestock in ecosystems, the challenges and opportunities for upscaling EbA in the livestock…

Group Micro Irrigation: A study of Telangana farmers

Under the current regime of climate change, which is increasing in both frequency and intensity, the water resources in semi-arid areas have come under a lot of pressure. The current study aims to establish the benefits of pooling water resources for agriculture, identifying the factors that contribute towards a behavioural change among farmers transforming the ownership of water from a private to a common pool resource

World Water Day 2020-A Presentation

On the occasion of World Water Day, WOTR made a presentation showcasing the work we have done in the area of water resources and the challenges facing this sector in…

EbA Info-Brief Series #6: Why Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Water Management?

The sixth info brief in the series presents Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) as a systemic approach for Water management. It highlights the challenges to water management and opportunities for upscaling…

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