“Communities, especially the poor within, are empowered to live in dignity and secure their livelihood in sustainable ecosystems”


“To provide committed development support that motivates, energizes and empowers individuals, groups, communities and other organizations to undertake integrated ecosystems development for enhancement of well being on a sustainable basis”.


“To ensure food, water, livelihoods and income security together with a growing quality of life to vulnerable and disadvantaged communities on a sustainable and equitable basis”


Engine for Adaptive Sustainable Development

After years of deep reflection, while we were trying to find congruence in the way we need to go forward, the thoughts and ideas coming forth lead to us documenting our strategic approach.

‘The Engine for Adaptive Sustainable Development’ comes from the contribution of many across the globe and across times going through a similar journey. We thank each of you, some known, most unknown, for permitting us to take your thoughts and to weave it into a meaningful link as we look towards the future of our great, great grandchildren’s children.

The outer circle, comprising of the five capitals, are the tangible frame within which human life unfolds. The five capitals – the physical, financial, social, human and natural – have to grow and develop simultaneously and harmoniously to have sustainable growth.

A set of five important conditions, essentially interconnected, that are necessary – material adequacy (not merely ‘increase’), security (freedom from fear of insufficiency, discrimination and conflict), freedom of choice, healthy interpersonal relationships and good health. These result in an empowered community that lives in dignity and that enjoys well-being.

In the centre is WHOLENESS – a body, mind, spirit integration – a harmony rooted in centredness; the space within which the individual and the community are one with the universe.

When we work to conserve our Earth for the 7th generation, we will be conserving it for ourselves. It requires that we sense, understand and respect the interconnectedness of the various components of the engine and take the necessary steps (adapt) so as to strike the balance that will maintain the equilibrium. We would necessarily need to work together as a community and as a group of communities to achieve sustainability.

The Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) is a globally recognized organization dedicated to transforming the lives of millions of poor across India through participatory watershed development and eco-systems restoration, climate resilient sustainable agriculture, integrated and efficient water management and climate change adaptation, with a special emphasis on building resilience of vulnerable communities, farmers, and women. It was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

As of March 31, 2019, WOTR has worked in 3,368 villages and has impacted over 3.35 million people cumulatively since 1993. These figures cover projects in all its areas of implementation, trainings and capacity building activities.