WATER & LAND MANAGEMENT
WATER & LAND MANAGEMENT
Why Water & Land?
Unsustainable land and water management practices have adversely impacted the ecosystem in rural India. Deforestation, intensive agriculture, overgrazing and over-extraction of groundwater are threatening agriculture, leading to distress migration and a loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
While the value of natural resources is only around 7% of the national GDP, it amounts to 57% of the livelihood of India’s rural poor. This is even more crucial with the fact that India accounts for 18% of the global population and merely 2.4% of the world’s landmass.
WOTR has been working on the issue by adopting a holistic and participative approach.
With its strategic focus on reviving groundwater levels, conserving natural vegetation and enabling rural communities, WOTR is mitigating environmental degradation in rural India. Here are our interventions:
million people from 2160 villages impacted through watershed development activities
million litres of water storage capacity created
hectares of area impacted through watershed development and climate change adaptation activities
people and over 20,000 school children provided access to drinking water facilities
Land for Life award 2017
WOTR won the award instituted by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Award of Excellence for Veljal Watershed 2014
WOTR won the award instituted by the Department of Rural Development of Andhra Pradesh
FICCI Water Award 2013
Presented to WOTR under FICCI’s Annual Water Awards instituted in association with HSBC
Vasantrao Naik Puraskar 2012
Presented to WOTR for excellent work done in rural development
JSW-TOI Earth Care Award 2010
Won under the category “Community Based Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change”
Swiss Re Award
WOTR was runner up for Sustainable Watershed Management
Awarded to WOTR during the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey
Aakar Jal Puraskar Award 2006
Received for a watershed project by then Hon. Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra – R R Patil
Vasantrao Naik Award 2001
Received for outstanding work in soil and water conservation
Protecting biodiversity, transforming lives
The parched lands of Purushwadi village were a common sight a few years back. Despite receiving good rainfall, people faced water shortage in other seasons that heavily impacted agriculture and their wellbeing.
But all this changed with WOTR’s Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach. By promoting sustainable practices focused on biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and climate change adaptation, the people of Purushwadi are now witnessing a reversal in land degradation. With consistent intervention in the areas, the impact studies have reported a 40% increase in people’s income!