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Nearly a third of India’s land needs restoration: Degraded soils cannot support lives

India has declared that it will restore 21 million hectares of degraded land, including wasteland, forest and agricultural land. This can be done only through sustainable land management, combating droughts and restoring forests. In this article published in The Third Pole, WOTR's Arjuna Srinidhi desribes the work done by WOTR over the years, and suggests that the only way to restore India’s degraded lands is with strong community-level engagement and providing evidence-based inputs for replication and scaling.

These drought-proof villages of Maharashtra have lessons to offer

Maharashtra is currently reeling under drought, however there are some villages which are faring better, thanks to efforts to promote water conservation and efficiency. In that light, we are happy to showcase, that The Week, one of India's top magazines has covered the work WOTR has done in Jalna, to make villages 'drought proof'.

Special feature 'Paani ka Passbook: How drought-hit Marathwada villages are budgeting every drop' published in the Forbes India Magazine

In the light of increasing water scarcity in the rural and urban areas, demand-side water management with improvements in its governance have become essential. Recognising this need, WOTR introduced the Water Stewardship Initiative (WSI) in 2015, which is currently operational in over 100 villages of Maharashtra and Telangana. To translate the concept of 'water management at community level' into 'on-ground water management practices' is challenging.

WOTR Manager Ajay Shelke participates in an international conference in Uganda, Africa

We are happy to inform you that Ajay Shelke, Manager at Watershed Organisation Trust, was recently engaged in an international conference the 11th Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference, in Kampala, Uganda.

The conference was held between April 30 and May 2, 2019. Over 900 attendees across 85 countries and over 440 organizations and 200 speakers shared their expertise at ICT4DConference. The main aim of the conference was to explore ways of applying digital technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.

WOTR engages in capacity building and training in Malawi, Africa

We are delighted to inform you that WOTRIndia's Deputy General Manager, Harish Daware, has been engaged in capacity building and technical training on watershed development in #Malawi, in southeastern Africa. These training sessions to officials of the Emmanuel International Ministry, an NGO in Malawi and those in Department of Land Resource Conservation took place between April 22 and 26, 2019.