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The Climate Change Adaptation 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, agronomic practices and irrigation management. 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).
Dipping Point is a short film on the impacts of an unexpected frosty day in Akole district that impacted crops, trees, and people.
“Does it every rain at this time?” is a poignant short film showing the actual impacts of unexpected and unusually heavy rain that devastated crops in Akole region of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.