WOTR is a not-for-profit NGO founded in 1993 operating currently in five 5 Indian states - Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. WOTR provides capacity building and advisory services to developmental practitioners from 23 other Indian states as well as, occasionally, from 27 countries. WOTR’s mandate is to reduce poverty through mobilising the self-help cap acities of individuals and communities to regenerate the eco-spaces or watersheds they live in, harvest rain water wherever it falls, use it productively, undertake sustainable livelihoods and do whatever else it takes to get them out of poverty. WOTR acts as a:
1. Capacity Building and Support Agency
2. Direct Project Implementer
3. Service Provider and
4. Networking and Policy Advocate
ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION (CCA):
The Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) project is being implemented in 53 villages of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh covering an area of 33,242 ha (332 sq.kms), directly benefitting 52,000 people from 9,800 households.
Besides watershed development, WOTR is introducing new elements such as agro-meteorology for tracking weather patterns at the village level leading to generation of advisories to farmers on what steps to take in emergency conditions. This is also linked to water budgeting, crop planning, adaptive and sustainable agronomic practices and irrigation management. Added to this, WOTR integrates biodiversity concerns in all its activities and encourages alternate energy to meet some of rural energy requirements. Overlaying these initiatives is a native focus on securing sustainable livelihood opportunities together with market linkages for people in these areas. Advanced project management and GIS-based systems are also being deployed so as to track progress, capture results and identify impacts.
The intervention seeks to develop the knowledge, strategies, approaches, measures and processes that enable vulnerable communities to cope with and adapt to the impending impacts of Climate Change in a manner which can be widely adoptable, replicable and scalable.
The objective is to improve the adaptive capacities of rural communities to respond to the effects of emerging climate changes by regenerating the eco-systems they live in, diversifying livelihood sources in order to reduce risks, and adopting new agricultural and renewable energy technologies.
WOTR is supported and partnered in these efforts by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
HOW TO ACT?
- Market Eco Tourism i.e. you can get people to go to the villages and tour the eco system that is present in rural India
- Market Eco Agricultural Products - Go to a store near you and buy the agricultural products
- Are you more interested in direct impact? Go the directly to the field - can help in making the water sheds