Watershed Organization Wins Award for Odisha Project

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Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) bagged two awards from FICCI and TERI-IWA-UNDP for its contribution to water management and water stewardship.At the 9th Edition of the FICCI Water Awards, WOTR was felicitated with Joint Second Prize in the ‘Water Initiatives by NGOs’ category. With this WOTR was also celebrated with TERI-IWA-UNDP Water Sustainability Award for ‘Excellence in Participatory Water Management’ for its Water Stewardship Initiative.

In 2018 WOTR had taken up ‘Building Adaptive Capacities and Resilience to Climate Change of Tribal and Marginalized Communities’ in Odisha. The project was implemented in 11 villages across 4 gram panchayats in Rayagada district. The project contributed to an improved climate adaptive and resilient livelihood for rural communities and the dissemination of participative climate change adaptation strategies at the national level too.

On WOTR’s Water Stewardship Initiative won the prestigious TERI-IWA-UNDP Water Sustainability Award for ‘Excellence in Participatory Water Management’ as its Water Stewardship Initiative in Maharashtra. Its project ensured sustainable, equitable and adequate supply of water for various categories of users, through supply and demand management measures at the village and community level in the region.

WOTR team has been working with government, panchayats, and local administrations to empower vulnerable communities, women and farmers with a focus on ecosystem and landscapes, climate, water, agriculture, livelihoods, health and sanitation and gender equality. WOTR also engages with institutions and other stakeholders to transform learnings from ground experiences and research programs and shapes effective policies and programs.

Keeping an eye on climate change with commitment to sustainable development, WOTR has been employing the Ecosystem-based Adaptation approach to building resilience in rural communities across 7 states of India. WOTR has successfully facilitated 230 NGOs and governments’ Project Implementation Agencies (PIAs), which are important partners for outreach and up-scaling of sustainable initiatives. Additionally, WOTR has published over 136 articles/studies and books, over 106 educational and training films, and 24 tools for wide-scale adaptation.

WOTR was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra. As on March 2021, WOTR, in collaboration with its partners, has worked in over 5,300 villages across 9 Indian states – Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. It has impacted more than 4.5 million people, trained over 560,000 people from across India and 63 countries and collaborated with 230 NGOs/ Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs), and promoted over 15,500 SHGs involving 190,000 women.

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