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Kali Aai Nirogi Tar Ahe Na

WOTR has prepared a technical manual on soil ‘Kali Aai Nirogi Tar Ahe Na (काळी आई निरोगी तर आहे ना) ?’. This manual in Marathi is aimed at giving farmers a complete introduction to soil health management. It consists of chapters on soil health; physical, chemical and biological properties of soil, how microflora fuctions in soil, soil testing, how soil health is affected, importance of organic carbon in the soil, Essential elements for plant growth and their deficiency symptoms on plants, methods of preparations of bio-pesticides and organic formulas. This publication also gives advice on the measures to be taken according to the condition of the soil described in soil health card.

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India's water crisis and potential solutions for scaling-up

India is facing the worst water crisis in its history, with an estimated 600 million people having to deal with high to extreme water scarcity. Solutions exist and have the potential to be scaled-up. WOTR has been promoting several initiatives in this regard that enhance the water-harvesting potential of ecosystems, improve water-use efficiency, evolve a set of governance practices and develop skills and capacities to respond and adapt to heightened weather variability from a changing climate. See this Info Brief for details.

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Publication on Water Stewardship Initiative

Presently, India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history. The situation in the state of Maharashtra is particularly distressing. The situation is getting worse despite of the different legislations are in place,. This adverse situation is not only due to poor rainfall, but largely due to the absence of an effective mechanism at all levels for effective demand side management to govern water-use at all level. To address this situation, WOTR launched a Water Stewardship Initiative in 100 rain-dependent villages in Maharashtra with objective to sensitise communities about the causes of their fragile “water health” status; develop a pedagogy to nudge them towards more efficient harvesting and use of water, and evolve a set of governance practices and mechanisms to manage water, especially groundwater, more sustainably.

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stories of change

WOTR's publication 'From ME to WE, From MINE to OURS: A story of how motivation changes people's perceptions and drives community action' focuses on how rural communities can face the challenges posed by climate change, rainfall variability and declining groundwater levels. The publication specifically focuses on the Sangamner block of Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district but it is relevant to other semi-arid and water-starved regions in the world.

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महाराष्ट्रातील यवतमाळ जिल्हयामधील वाढत्या उष्णतेच्या तणावामुळे निर्माण होणारी असुरक्षितता

भारतात उष्णतेची लाट ही साधारण उन्हाळाच्या महिन्यांमध्ये (एप्रिल-मे) दिसून येते. मागील काही वर्षांपासून उष्माघातामुळे मृत्यू झालेल्या व्यक्तींची संख्या ही भारतातील काही भागांमध्ये वाढतच चाललेली आहे. सन २००१ ते २०१२ च्या एकूण नेसर्गिक आपत्तीच्या मृत्यू संदर्भार्तील आकडेवारी (तक्ता क्र. १) पाहता जवळजवळ ४% लोकांचा मृत्यू हा उष्माघातामुळे झाला आहे. गेल्या काही वर्षांपासून उष्माघातामुळे मृतांच्या संख्येमध्ये झपाट्याने वाढ झाली आहे. भारतीय हवामान विभागाच्या (आयएमडी) मते, मागील अर्ध-शतकापासून (१९६१-२०१०) “उष्णतेच्या लाटेच्या ” वारंवारतेत एक तृतीयांशने वाढ झाली आहे . सरासरी जागतिक तापमानात वाढ झाल्यामुळे, गरम दिवसांच्या संख्येत वाढ, उष्णतेच्या लाटेची आणि दिवसातील तापमान यामध्ये प्रचंड वाढ होण्याची शक्यता आहे. त्याचप्रमाणे उष्णतेच्या लाटेमुळे मृत्यूदरात ही वाढ होण्याची भीती निर्माण झाली आहे. म्हणूनच, मानवी आरोग्यावर उष्णता तणावाचे परिणाम ही भारतात चिंतेचा विषय बनत आहेत.

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PPCP Newsletter Vol.6

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Vulnerability to Heat Stress: A Case Study of Yavatmal

In India, heat wave conditions are generally experienced in the summer months of April and May and from time to time deaths due to heat waves have been reported from several parts of the country. i Between 2001 and 2012, heat stroke accounted for 4% of all deaths from natural calamities (Chart 1), with a marked rise seen in recent years. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), over the past half ii century  (from 1961 to 2010) heat wave frequencies iii have increased by a third . With the rise in average global temperature, a further increase in the number of hot days and greater frequency and severity of heat-waves is expected. The risk of morbidity and mortality related to heat stress will continue to increase. Hence, effects of heat stress on human health are becoming an issue of growing concern in India

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Sahaj Jalbodh Tantra-Success story of Sundarwadi

Success story of Sundarwadi, one of our watershed villages from Marathwada region where sustainable water management practices are implemented by WOTR and SIED has been published in the book written by Shri Upendra Dhonde, groundwater expert, Central Ground Water Board. The book ‘Sahaj Jalbodh Tantra’ in Marathi is published by Prajakt Prakashan, Pune.

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The Common Bucket Game

The resources we use are limited.It demands a sustainable way of using so that not only us, but also the future generations might be able to enjoy it.
This simple message is however very difficult to put across sometimes. "The Common Bucket" is a fun game designed to give across this message. For details, download the pdf.

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