Harnessing Citizen Participation in Watershed Management for Climate Resiliency

Georgetown University

A partnership between the Georgetown University India Initiative and Watershed Organisation Trust empowers poor Indian farmers through skillbuilding in watershed development and climate adaptation to mitigate drought, build community resilience, and improve economic security.

Last Updated: May 2023
Competition Participation
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Water access, sanitation and hygiene
Current Work Location(s):
  • India
  • India
Priority Population(s):
  • Adults (19+)
  • Farmers
  • Low-income people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 6. Clean water and sanitation
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

Severe drought devastates large portions of the Indian subcontinent, bringing desolation to communities and rendering farmland unusable. The Georgetown University India Initiative (GUII) is partnering with the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) to reduce poverty by empowering farming communities with the skills and knowledge to regenerate the watersheds they depend on, harvest rainwater, and enable sustainable livelihoods.

Twenty-first century technologies will enable us to connect with villages and farmers beyond WOTR’s current reach to ensure the development of more than 300 micro-watersheds. Rigorous monitoring and evaluation protocols will inform behavioral-change communication strategies to disseminate evidence-backed lessons to millions of farmers desperate for solutions to the water crisis facing India and the world.

By enhancing WOTR’s proven capacity to implement participatory watershed management programs, this collaboration can replenish groundwater aquifers, build capacity for water management at the local level, reduce drought-stress on ecosystems and agricultural production, and, quite literally, save lives.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Georgetown University

website: https://www.georgetown.edu
Organization Headquarters
District of Columbia, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
< 10
Annual Operating Budget
< $1 Million

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Through livelihood support, WOTR continues to aid farming communities it has worked with for the past few decades. But the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to a nearly complete halt our capacity to empower those communities using our innovative approach.

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