Thematics

Pimpale – A Magical Transformation

Village Pimpale in district Nandurbar of North Maharashtra was just another of those barren and isolated places the residents of which had either resigned to their fate or migrated to the cities in search of work. The lack of water had turned the fields dry. The land was parched. Most of the houses had been abandoned. And there was this thick blanket of despair and misery.But Pimpale has cast off its slough of despondency forever. Those who had migrated returned to tend to their once forsaken fields.

Mhaswandi

When the fiery furnaces of nearby charcoal kilns were fed with wood from Mhaswandi verdant forests, its residents were happy, cash-rich and grateful to the rich timber merchants who acted as middlemen in the sale. It took a handful of years for the forests, the merchants and the money to vanish. Mhaswandi of today has won several awards for its efforts at Watershed Development and stands as an example of what a community can do when it determines to change.

Gender Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation

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This is an exploration of perceptions of women and community regarding Climate Change.

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The Carbon Climax: End of HydroCarbon Legacy

This paper is a lucid introduction to Peak Oil and its dire implications. It spells out the basics of Peak Oil and links Oil Exploration Dynamics to World Giant Oil Fields and eventually to the interconnectedness of Energy, Economy and Food availability. It also states India’s position in this context and cautions us unless we act with the foresight; we are heading towards economic contraction, declining food production and hyperinflation. The paper also underlines the fact that we live in an energy deficit society and failure to develop a foresight would surely be an ethical failure on our part.

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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in Watershed Development

The Resource book contains 9 tools related to monitoring of the products, processes and impacts of watershed development and one PM&E system as practiced in DANWADEP projects. The systems and tools are presented as case studies, as being operationalised and put into practice in different projects by the respective project actors.  The idea is to provide practical information on application of these tools and how these tools helped in managing efficiency and effectiveness  of project intervention by providing inputs for informed decision making.

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System of Crop Intensification (SCI)

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This is a showcase of WOTR’s methodology of Adaptive Sustainable Agriculture: System of Crop Intensification. This method is based on extensive field research and experiments. Promotion of organic fertilisers and low external inputs ensures high productivity as well as soil health. The film shows the results of the first field trials.