The article written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra.
Our fields, Our Forest (Hamaar Haar Pahaar) – A collaborative Watershed Development experience
(English, DVD, 32 mins) ‘Our fields, Our Forest’ is the story of 3 villages- Partala, Dongaria and Katangi- 3 villages in Mandla district, Madhya Pradesh and their journey of transformation. Under the WOTR-Wasundhara program, the community came together and turned their impoverished migration to holistic, green prosperity.
The WOTR-Wasundhara program combining socio-economic empowerment with Watershed development has managed to break the vicious cycle of land degradation, water scarcity, poverty and migration and other associated issues typical to most rural communities today. Through this multi-faceted program, ecosystem rejuvenation and social cohesiveness come together to bring about positive change.