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Reclaiming degraded lands and building resilience to climate change in drylands

-Dr Marcella D’souza and Karan Misquitta The UNCCD book-Living Land is a collection of inspiring stories tackling the challenges of land degradation and climate change, and doing so affordably across the globe. These stories explain how land degradation occurs and what we can do, and what is already being done for sustainable land management. The WOTR […]

A New Beginning

– Sachin Hirve, Ajinkya Upasani & Mohan Dhuldhar Today is the World Day to combat Drought and Desertification! We are very happy to share that WOTR has been chosen for the ‘Land for Life’ Award by the United Nations Convention to Combat Drought and Desertification (UNCCD) for its work that reclaimed degraded land through participatory […]

A quarter of India’s lands turning into deserts

-By Arjuna Srinidhi More than a quarter of the country is turning to desert, including the degradation of agricultural areas (ISRO, 2016).  Analyses of satellite images show India has about 32% of its land affected by degradation, of which desertification is a major component. New areas in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and eastern […]

” Thoda toh socho “

On the occasion of the World Environment Day we attempted to make a a stop block motion film;a cinematographic technique whereby the camera is repeatedly stopped and started, for example to give animated figures the impression of movement. The film reminds us about simple solutions that we often take for granted. 

Improving Soil Health for Enhancing Food and Nutritional Security

WOTR conducted a study to understand the current status of land degradation, its causes, farm management practices employed by people and the perceived impacts of the varying climatic conditions. The study was conducted in 21 villages spread across three districts in Maharashtra- Ahmednagar, Dhule and Jalna. Ten percent farmer households from these villages were interviewed.

Under the blazing sun

The short film “Under the Blazing Sun” was shot during the summers of 2016 and 2017 in two semi- arid districts of Maharashtra in India. The film attempts to explore the problem of heat stress experienced by rural communities. While urban population is better equipped to tackle the heat problem, is that the case with the rural population? If yes how? If not then, what are their problems?

It’s getting hot in here: Exploring how different housing structures and livelihoods affect vulnerability to heat-waves in rural India

The year 2016 was the warmest year ever recorded globally according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).The effects of these rising temperatures are felt acutely in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India where heat-waves are a common phenomenon. The impacts of these heat-waves are understudied as most existing studies focus primarily on urban areas.

Identifying Climate Risks & Assessing Vulnerability in Rainfed Regions of Maharashtra

In a new paper researchers at WOTR examine how agricultural practices in rural Maharashtra are being transformed in response to climatic and non-climatic challenges. Using WOTR’s vulnerability assessment tool, Co-DriVE-PD, we found that caste and community had important bearings on people’s livelihoods, approaches to agriculture, and resource access – all of which affected their vulnerability. […]

Can Agriculture be more Climate Friendly? Measuring the impact of sustainable agricultural practices on greenhouse gas emissions

By WOTR’s Agriculture Team According to the Gaia theory, earth’s physical and biological processes are linked to form a self-regulating and self-aware system. The regulating processes are often slow and continue over decades or even centuries. With the increasing human interventions; appropriation of most of the natural resources in a hasty manner to fulfill the need […]

One Million Farm ponds: A Revolution?

This week Eshwer Kale, a researcher at WOTR appeared on NDTV India’s Prime Time with Ravish Kumar to discuss the implications of the government’s emphasis on farm ponds in the budget. On the show Eshwer explained that the implementation and use of farm ponds Maharashtra, where farmers fill huge farm ponds, lined with plastic, by pumping groundwater is a cause for worry. This practice, rather than reducing the vulnerability of rural communities, may result in declining groundwater levels and the de facto privatisation of what was once a shared resource.