WOTR commenced its work in the Indian state of Maharashtra in 1993. WOTR has implemented and facilitated projects across various thematic areas such as watershed development, climate change adaptation, health, drinking water, women empowerment etc. WOTR has directly implemented these projects in 461 villages covering total geographical area of 3,41,113 hecares (ha.) benefitting 5,24,108 people.

WOTR provided capacity building/extension support to 141 partner NGOs/PIAs for implementation of watershed projects under various programs like IGWDP, NHWDP, WDF, IWDP, VPM and Hariyali projects in 730 villages covering total geographical area of 4,16,417 ha and 5,50,961 population.

WOTR has also provided Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Documentation (MELD) support for Integrated Watershed Management Project (IWMP) and Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) projects for Aurangabad region of Maharashtra in 610 villages covering 4,81,591 ha area, benefitting more than 6,25,000 people.

WOTR has directly helped women to form SHGs and also helped partner-supported SHGs, benefitting a total of 66,195 women through a total of 5,071 SHGs.

Over 2,05,000 people have been benefitted through trainings, farmer field schools, agriculture demonstrations and locale-crop specific agro-advisories carried out under Adaptive Sustainable Agriculture intervention.

Major projects undertaken in the region:


Project Name


Project Duration



Population Covered

Project Objectives



Indo German Watershed Development Program

German agency for Technical cooperation (GTZ), Germany/ National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)

19 years

184 projects in Maharashtra

2,04,326  ha


To provide Technical and Monitoring support to 184 watershed projects all over Maharashtra

Participatory Operational Pedagogy (POP) for capacity building and monitoring processes was developed and executed


Holistic Watershed Development Project (NHWDP)

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural development (NABARD)

8 years

106 villages in 24 project clusters  in Amravati and Wardha districts

59,337 ha


To provide regular Monitoring and capacity building support to watershed projects

Monitoring procedures and formats developed by WOTR are adopted at program level.


Climate Change Adaptation in rural India

Swiss agency for Development and cooperation (SDC) and NABARD

6 years

49 villages from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh

30,180 ha


To enable vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change and to contribute to mitigating some impacts with a view to reducing poverty and improving wellbeing on a sustainable and equitable basis

- Increased productivity of natural resources that contributes to better income, nutritional status and drudgery reduction

- Enhanced ecosystem services for improved resilience to climate change.

- Improved Governance through enhanced capacity of local institutions to sustainably manage natural resources in face of climate change, disaster risk reduction and conflict resolution

- Increased understanding of climate change issues + CC adaptation approaches


Public Private civil Society Partnership (PPCP) for watershed development through MGNREGA

ITC Limited and Govt. of Maharashtra

6 years

60 Gram panchayats from Bhokardan and Jafrabad blocks of Jalna district, Maharashtra

40,226 ha

56, 834

To generate employment on Integrated Watershed development lines for Natural resource management and drought proofing

More than 500,000 Person days are generated. The positive impact on migration, socio economic conditions, ground water levels and agriculture production


Securing water and livelihoods in the changing climate through Community-Led Watershed Development

Hindustan Unilever Foundation

6 years - Ongoing

75 villages from Bhokardan, Jafrabad and Ambad blocks of Jalna district

60,868 ha


To harvest a cumulative of 178 Billion Litres of runoff water, Control soil and water erosion over 25000 Hectares of agriculture

Stabilize and enhance the productive capacity of the local ecosystem

More than 3,00,000 person days generated in 2 years period. Approximately 5000 ha area treated through SMC measures. 2000+ farmers exposed and trained to new agriculture techniques, weather based agro advisories.

List of partners:

Funding partners

  • Ammada Trust
  • Andheri-Hilfe Bonn
  • Arghyam
  • Asian Paints Limited
  • Australian Consulate General Mumbai - Direct Aid Program (DAP)
  • Becker Cordes Stiftung
  • Blue Planet Run Water Fund
  • Bread for the World, Germany
  • Credit Suisse Securities(India) Private Limited
  • Dr. and Mrs.S.H.M.Modi Hormus House Benevolence Trust Fund,Mumbai
  • Freundeskreis (Friends of WOTR), Germany
  • Give India
  • Godrej Interio
  • Government of Maharashtra
  • HDFC Bank Limited
  • Hindustan Cocacola Beverages PVT LTD
  • Hindustan Unilever Foundation
  • HSBC Software Development(India) Private limited
  • International development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • ITC Limited
  • Jamsetji Tata Trust
  • John Deere India Pvt Ltd
  • Karl Kubel Stiftung
  • Larsen & Toubro Limited
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD)
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation(SDC)
  • Swiss-Re Foundation
  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
  • The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd.(HSBC)
  • The Rotary Club Of Hagen
  • Vasundhara Watershed Development Agency (VWDA), Maharashtra
  • Volkswagen Finance Private Limited

Knowledge partners

  • International Centre for Research on Agriculture and Forestry, ICRAF
  • India Meteorological Department, IMD
  • Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, CRIDA
  • Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, MPKV
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, BVIEER

Summary of coverage through Projects


No. of District covered

No. of villages Covered

Area Covered

(in ha.)

No. of beneficiaries benefited