WHERE WE WORK

WOTR’s mandate is to reduce poverty through community mobilisation for sustainable watershed development and integrated rural development. WOTR grew out of the Indo-German Watershed Development Project (IGWDP) launched in 1989 by Father Hermann Bacher, who is considered the pioneer of the participatory watershed movement in India.

We are currently working across seven states in the country. As of March 31, 2019, WOTR has worked in 3,368 villages and has cumulatively impacted over 3.35 million people since 1993. These figures cover interventions in all areas of project implementation, training and capacity-building activities.

Geographical spread

Maharashtra
WOTR’s operations began in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra in 1993, and today cover 12 districts in the state. Maharashtra continues to be the most important state for WOTR, as it houses our head office and the offices of all our sister concerns, including the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS).

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Madhya Pradesh
Operations in Madhya Pradesh started in 2006 and has included projects related to Watershed Development, Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Nutrition and Child Growth Monitoring and Livelihoods. WOTR is currently active in the districts of Anuppur, Chhindwara, Mandla and Seoni.

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Rajasthan
WOTR’s work in Rajasthan began in 2008 and since then we have covered 38 villages in four districts – Barmer, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh and Udaipur.

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Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
WOTR started its work in the then undivided state of Andhra Pradesh in 2002. Since then, we have covered 28 villages in the districts of Sangareddy, Ranga Reddy, Nagarkurnool and Mahbubnagar of Telangana and 10 other villages in the current reorganised state of Andhra Pradesh.

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Odisha
WOTR has been working in Odisha since 2012. Currently, WOTR is active in the coastal district of Ganjam and the district of Rayagada. WOTR has also provided assistance to watershed projects in Gajapati district.

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Jharkhand
Operations in Jharkhand began in 2010. WOTR is currently active in the district of Khunti, where it is implementing projects in Murhu and Torpa blocks.

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  Head Office |   Regional Resource Center |   Training Centers