By Dr. Ashok Dalwai (The author is Chief Executive Officer, National Rainfed Area Authority, (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. The speech below was delivered on September 11, 2019 during the Side Event of the UNCCD COP 14 organized by WOTR titled “An economic perspective on sustainable land and watershed management […]

By Apoorva Nandwana* Madhya Pradesh is called ‘The Heart of India’—the tagline is based on the state’s location  and was popularized by the state’s tourism board.  The campaign made me keen to visit the state, for the last many years. I was therefore extremely fortunate that during my internship with the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) […]

Policy makers, researchers, think-tanks and NGOs discuss economic perspectives and grassroots challenges to combat land degradation at side-event hosted by WOTR

By Rahul Dev The United Nations marks the decade starting with World Water Day i.e. March 22, 2018, as the International Decade for Action – “Water for Sustainable Development”. [1]  This decision has been taken in the wake of increasing pressure on water resources and ecosystems worldwide. It clearly brings out the importance of recognizing the […]

By Arpan Golechha Water is amongst the most important ecosystem service, especially so in the semi-arid regions in India. The village of Tigalkheda lies in the Jalna district of Maharashtra, characterized by recurrent droughts and dry spells. At the edge of the village, 14 farmers have pooled in their water resources to combat these climate […]

By Ankita Yadav It is widely known that the state of Maharashtra, for the last many years, has frequently faced drought and drought-like conditions.  To deal with this challenge,  a number of policies and interventions have been implemented by State and Union government bodies while various coping mechanisms are being adopted at the local level. One […]

By Nitesh Rikame Pune is the second-largest city in Maharashtra and the ninth largest city in India, with a population of 64.5 lakh people. Pune ranked first in the Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019 as the best city to live in India. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. […]

By Arjuna Srinidhi* I New Delhi, June 17, 2019 On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD 2019), India elaborated on its plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combating droughts.  The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by […]

By Dr. Eshwer Kale The world is today facing an unprecedented water crisis, both in access and availability.  Cape Town in South Africa reached ‘day zero’ water status in 2018. India, according to the NITI Aayog, is facing the worst water crisis in its history, with an estimated 600 million people having to deal with […]

By Janaki Tulshibagwale Human beings have built civilizations and cooperated on multiple levels, mainly due to one thing: communication. It can be said that communicating effectively was one of the major factors because of which we achieved whatever we have today, good or bad. From signals and calls and roughly scrawled sketches on the cave […]