News Digest - October 2019

22nd International River Symposium 

Dr. Marcella D’Souza, Director of WOTR’s Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS)was recently invited to deliver a key note address during the 22nd International River Symposium. She spoke about the impact of watershed development on reviving rivers and streams.  She also spoke about the need to address demand side management of water resources to combat droughts. More pictures here

HRDP Project Completion and Felicitation Ceremony 

We are pleased to share with you the successful completion of the 3-year Holistic Rural Development  Program (HRDP) in Odisha.  This project covering 14 villages in Ganjam district was supported by Parivartan - HDFC Bank’s CSR initiative. Read more

National Consultation on Policy Framework For Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in Rainfed Areas Post UNCCD COP 14

Our Director, Sandeep Jadhav participated in the National Consultation on Policy Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) for Rainfed areas.  This consultation held at the back of the recent UNCCD COP14 event was organized by the National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India RRA Network and GIZ. Sandeep spoke about “Strategies for sustainable and resilient watershed development programmes through people’s participation” – Watch his presentation here
Latest Research 

Impacts of 1.5 °C and 2 °C global warming on regional rainfall and temperature change across India
In this recent publication in the journal ‘Environmental Research Communications’, our senior researcher – Dr. Aradhana Yaduvanshi – and others discuss the implications of global warming on agriculture and water resources in India. The research includes a comprehensive modeling of rainfall and temperature changes over all the states of India under different scenarios. Read more

New publication

Water Budgeting: A tool for improving water governance at local level

Water Budgeting is the process of calculating water required for different needs against the total water available from different sources. This tool is useful to motivate communities to safeguard water availability. It also helps the community members to take informed decisions about water use and cropping practices.

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WOTR in the News
Repeated Floods, Drought Affect Maharashtra, But They Are ‘Not An Election Issue’: Experts

In an interview to India Spend, our Senior Researcher Arjuna Srinidhi talks about the need for long-term solutions to combat droughts, distress migration and build resilience against Climate Change, especially in light of Maharashtra Assembly Elections. Read the article here

As Droughts Spread Across India, So Does Water Budgeting
This article in The Wire highlights how villages across Maharashtra are working not only to improve the supply but also manage the demand of water by educating the communities through WOTR’s Water Budgeting. Read the story here 

WOTR Blog Posts

The Case of the ‘Dabra Dabris’ of Madhya Pradesh

Apoorv Nandwana as a part of his internship with WOTR visited two southern districts of Madhya Pradesh—Seoni and Chhindwara to study the Water Management scenario with a focus on farm ponds and its benefits for agriculture. Read his experiences in the latest blogpost

‘Nutritional security is a key aspect of sustainable land management, especially in rain-fed agriculture’
During the Side event titled "An economic perspective on sustainable land and watershed management to combat land degradation in India" organized by WOTR at the UNCCD COP 14, Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO National Rainfed Area Authority, (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India stressed on the need for “Nutritional Security” for Sustainable Land Management. Read the full transcript of his speech here

India’s target to combat land degradation and desertification
During the UNCCD COP14 held in Delhi in September, India had increased its national target of restoring degraded land from 21 million ha to 26 million ha. What is the scale of the challenge and what do the new targets mean? Our Senior Researcher, Arjuna Srinidhi analyses it in this India Water Portal blogpost


An Effective Way of Conveying Human Interest Story

“The value of stories in our lives cannot be undermined and the role of storytelling is of the greatest importance while a story takes an audience on a journey”

Read our blog post on the “Effective Way of Conveying Human Interest Story” by Harshal Khade.  Read here


Participatory Natural Resource Management
This is the story of Ghata village of Gogunda block from Udaipur, Rajasthan showcasing how, through participatory natural resource management and community development, food security and livelihood opportunities are being promoted to rural communities. It also brings out how through capacity building efforts, villagers now see themselves as partners and catalysts in the development of their villages. Watch here 

Aamch Pani (Panyache karbhari)
Amche Paani - Paanyche Karabhari’ which translates to ‘Our Water- Water Stewards’ is a film on how the villagers of Songaon in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra work together for the responsible use of common water resources. The film describes WOTR's Water Stewardship Initiative. Watch here 

WOTRian of the Month - Nitesh Rikame

Nitesh Rikame is a Business Development Officer at our head office in Pune. He has been with WOTR since 2017. He shares his story in our 'WOTRian of the month'. Read here

Photogallery for the month of October 2019

Farmers across 3 villages of Karauli district in Rajasthan, witnessed a successful watershed during an exposure visit to Piplantri village in Rajsamand district
Participants of two day training program for Women Promoters on Mother and Child Care at Jamtara, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
SHG Members meeting on Adolescent Health Care and Women and Child Health Care at Guntuli Village, Rayagada district Odisha
Farmer Pandurang Aamu Gavari implementing five layer (Multi-Layer) farming in Maveshi village, Akole block, Ahmednagar District.