Biodiversity – A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change

The paper ‘Biodiversity – A Key for Adaptation to Climate Change’ explores the role that biodiversity plays in shaping the adaptive response to climate change. It also documents how degradation of biodiversity can amplify the impacts of climate change, and how biodiversity itself would be under increasing threat from both the climate change and its anthropogenic response, aka adaptation, under business-as-usual economic models. It argues for community-driven, ecosystem-based adaptation, with a call to scrutinize the adaptation programmes and projects for their impact on ecosystem services, which are the true building blocks of adaptation, as also proxy indicators of the health of biodiversity.

Key Messages

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Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance

The paper, “Energy, Development and Climate Change: Striking a Balance”, examines the energy scenario – availability, access, influence of markets and government policies – in rural India, especially in the areas where WOTR has been working.  It highlights the successful partnership between local communities, with their innate grounded wisdom and local knowledge, and modern researchers and scientists willing to position their learning and experience on community science.  It roots for a positioning and policy framework that broadens the scope of work from cooking fuel and lighting, to energy needs for irrigation, for trade, business, manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation and construction.

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Weathering Climate Change

“Weathering Climate Change” is a short film that describes WOTR’s Agro-Meteorology component of Climate Change Adaptation Project and some of the real-time ground experiences. This component combines locale-specific Met-advisories and Agro-advisories for timely weather information to help farmers plan their agricultural activities.


The Community Driven Vulnerability Evaluation – Livelihood Assessment (CoDriVE – LA) framework combines CASDAAT (Climate Adaptive Sustainable Development Assessment and Adjustment Tool) and LM3 (Local Money Multiplier). It helps the community and the intervener:

CoDriVE-Visual Integrator

WOTR has long recognized the necessity of stakeholder participation to successful rural development. CoDriVE-Visual Integrator (CoDriVE-VI) has the potential to greatly enhance participation while also closing a historically problematic communication gap between land users and land policy-makers.

Why CoDriVE-VI?

What are we in for? – Rural dynamics in the context of Climate Change a look at Ahmednagar district

This is a book comprising 8 studies on different subjects – agriculture, gender, migration, peak oil, health – in the context of climate change. This set of studies emerged as an attempt to understand the rural communities of Ahmednagar district, as WOTR initiates the project on Climate Change Adaptation. The findings of these studies throw new meaning when looked at in the light of climate change (adaptation and mitigation) and looked at together with their interlinkages, the unintended effects (positive and negative) and also our maladaptative quick-fixes. The studies bring to fore the current context and its impacts.


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Gender Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation

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This is an exploration of perceptions of women and community regarding Climate Change.

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The Carbon Climax: End of HydroCarbon Legacy

This paper is a lucid introduction to Peak Oil and its dire implications. It spells out the basics of Peak Oil and links Oil Exploration Dynamics to World Giant Oil Fields and eventually to the interconnectedness of Energy, Economy and Food availability. It also states India’s position in this context and cautions us unless we act with the foresight; we are heading towards economic contraction, declining food production and hyperinflation. The paper also underlines the fact that we live in an energy deficit society and failure to develop a foresight would surely be an ethical failure on our part.


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System of Crop Intensification (SCI)

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This is a showcase of WOTR’s methodology of Adaptive Sustainable Agriculture: System of Crop Intensification. This method is based on extensive field research and experiments. Promotion of organic fertilisers and low external inputs ensures high productivity as well as soil health. The film shows the results of the first field trials.