Category #water

Group Micro-Irrigation-A step in avoiding the tragedy of commons

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 […]

Farm ponds in the semi-arid areas of Maharashtra: a case study

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 […]

Watering Concrete or Concreting Water?

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. […]

Economics of land degradation: the significance of India’s new environment targets

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 […]

How reducing food wastage can fight climate change, reduce water scarcity

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 […]

WOTR’s work draws interest and appreciation at exhibition

By Aditya Shinde Expos and exhibitions are events organized with the aim of creating awareness among the public, providing a platform to companies to showcase their wares and sharing new ideas. The recent KISAN Agri Exhibition held in Pune was no exception.  KISAN is a national-level exhibition held annually in different parts of the country. […]

Want to mobilize people for water management? Let the “Unspoken of” surface!

By Dr. Marcella D’Souza The Problem Day after day, news papers in Maharashtra highlight the water crisis: “In Marathwada, dead insects fill the little water that’s left”; “As crops & jobs dry up, children’s education hit the worst”; “Drought induces up to 30% migration in some Marathwada villages”; “No takers for cattle in Beed, even at […]

Do changes in land use patterns affect gender roles and relations?

By Shreya Banerjee & Anuradha Phadtare Over the last couple of decades, there has been a rapid and large scale shift in rural land use patterns in many parts of the world. For instance, uncultivable or cultivable waste land has been brought under cultivation, and agriculture land is gradually getting urbanized with an increasing amount […]

A PATH TO GUARANTEED SELF-SUFFICIENCY

By Elvira Greiner If you skim through the current media reports in India, you get the impression that the economy is on an upward trajectory . If you look more closely however, you will notice the other side of the upswing: three quarters of the Indian population does not benefit in a major way from […]

Wetlands-one of nature’s most important gifts

By Sarojini Devi Boominathan Since 1997, World Wetlands Day has been celebrated every year on February 2 to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands for the planet. It is significant that over 1 billion people globally depend on wetlands for their livelihoods. Wetlands have crucial linkages in watershed management as they play a role […]