WOTR Participation at UNCCD COP 14


The Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) has been at the forefront in Watershed and Ecosystems Management in the context of Climate Change. Since inception in 1993, WOTR has supported/ worked in 2,922 villages and has impacted 2.8 million people across 8 states in the country. WOTR has helped mobilizing vulnerable communities in semi-arid and resource fragile regions to regenerating the ecosystems and harvesting rainwater across the landscapes people live in. A major focus of its activities relate to Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and compliments the work of international conventions like the UNCCD, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. WOTR was the recipient of the prestigious UNCCD “Land for Life Award” in 2017 for its pioneering work in combating desertification.
WOTR is proud to present its work at UNCCD’s COP 14 to be held at New Delhi September 2 -13, 2019 with an intend to showcase various aspects of combating land degradation and desertification – from sustainable agriculture, improved water governance and management, biodiversity conservation to climate change adaptation interventions with gender and institutional capacity building.
September 2, 2019 – Madhav Gholkar
Presentation on-Field Experiences of Good Practices around Sustainable Land Management (SLM) for Improving Agricultural Livelihoods at the Side Event of Translating soil and land rehabilitation into action for LDN and sustainable livelihoods organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Time: 13:00 to 15:00
September 3, 2019 - Madhav Gholkar
1. Panelist on the Side Event of Climate Co Benefits of Programmes to Combat Land Degradation Organized by Centre For Science and Environment, New Delhi
Time: 11:15 am to 12:45 PM

2. Presentation on Integrated Watershed Management: A Holistic Approach to Land Remediation through Sustainable Agricultural Practices at the Side Event of Economics of Land Degradation: Evaluating the Impact of Land Remediation through the lenses of natural capital and SDGs in the Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh, India organized by Development Alternatives, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) & The ELD Initiative
Time: 13:00 to 15:00

September 7, 2019 - Rishu Garg
Panelist on the Side Event of Just Transformations for People-Centred LDN: Creating an Enabling Environment For Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture organized by TMG Research gGmbH in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International
Time: 11:30 to 13:30 hrs

September 10, 2019 – Dr. Marcella D’Souza
Panelist on Land for Life...years later' on the Side Event of the Launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation Report organized by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and World Resource Institute (WRI)
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 hrs

September 11, 2019 – 18:00 to 20:00 hrs
Side Event Organized by WOTR - An economic perspective on sustainable land and watershed management to combat land degradation in India Download Event Flyer

Presentation by:
Marcella D'Souza , Director W - CReS
Topic: Integrated approach to LDN; role of different stakeholders, NGOs, Bi – lateral Agencies, Institutes etc.

Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives
Topic: Communities In Action: Responding to Land Degradation & Climate Change in Semi-Arid Central India

Arjuna Srinidhi , Senior Researcher, Climate Policy and Head, Communications
Topic: Economic valuation of SLM practices – case study of WSD in Maharashtra

Mark Schauer, Coordinator, ELD Initiative
Topic: Valuing Sustainable land management practices and how it can influence policy

Navin Horo – National Project Coordinator, GiZ India
Topic: Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security (ProSoil) – India
An Economic perspective on sustainable land and watershed management to combat land degradation in India

Ashok Dalwai – CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
Topic: Opportunities for Scaling Up Land and Watershed Restoration to Roll Out Proven Approaches as Part of National Policy

We also welcome you to our stall (Stall no. 21) during the event where we would be sharing our key publications and showcasing a unique model for “3-D aquifer mapping” that helps in sustainable water management.
We also have a ‘Systems approach map’ which brings out a holistic treatment of the various aspects of land degradation and desertification as a backdrop to all the publication materials being exhibited.

For more details, please contact: arjuna.srinidhi@wotr.org.in or shyna.dudeja@wotr.org.in