Mobilisation Participatory Planning and Capacity Building.

August 3, 2017

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Mobilisation Participatory Planning and Capacity Building.

About the Implementing organization

Name: Watershed Organisation Trust

Country: India

Year of establishment: 1993

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Public-private partnership


Commuties enhancing measures will focus on building individual, group and
institutional capacities. Trainings will be tailored to meeting local and specific needs.
At the village level, people are organised into Village Development Committees (VDCs) which will be representative and nominated by the village community (gramsabha). Effective representation is/will be provided for women, the landless and marginalised groups. The VDC is responsible at village level for the project implementation. Intensive issue and need based trainings will be undertaken for VDC members so that understanding of the issues involved is achieved , skills acquired and “buy-in” is secured. Village Development Committee (VDC) is formed in 4 villages. VDCs in other 2 villages will be formed after initial awareness and wealth ranking exercise. The VDCs will be linked to government departments and other institutions (banks, MFIs, service providers) in order to secure additional resources. Transparency and accountability-enhancing measures will be established at the project level.een the villages and WOTR, two local youth known as Wasundhara Sevak/sevika, one man and one woman, will be identified and extensively trained to take up project activities in the context of adapting to climate change as well as support their continuance and maintenance in the post project period. She will play an important role concerning the organisation of the people. They will report to and work closely with the VDC and SMS.

Nature Element


Type of Action

Sustainable use / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Water security

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

The project aims is to retain soil by reducing soil erosion and slowing down the water runoffs.
Afforestation- Under watershed work, afforestation are done at the bunds constructed in forests as well as at farms so that the sustainability of the bunds are ensured and more and more rain water percolates down to earth’s surface.
People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR )- It is the registers prepared at every village which consists the information of all the existing flora, fauna in forests, agricultural crops, seeds, Package of practices of various crops etc. The reason behind collecting information is to make the current generation aware about the usage and the benefits of the various trees and herbs available in forests and in village. Similarly, to make the current generation aware about the crop variety of various crops and its method of cultivation, the information is written in registers and kept at village as villager’s property.

Sustainable Development Impacts

We are preparing “Herbarium Register” in all 5 project villages. In this register we safely keep the leaves, flowers, outer cover of stems etc and along with it the related information of that particular plant is also written so that it can be easily identified by the people.
The reason behind traditional seed collection is to keep the traditional variety crops alive in the area for cultivation because the seeds farmers use now a days are less resilient to changing climate, pest and insect attack on today’s variety is much more than that on the earlier variety.


 Due to the Climatic variations like prolonged dry spells in kharif, extreme rainfall in short durations, it becomes important to save water when it falls, so watershed treatment are required.To make people aware and equipped with the information regarding how to deal with these climate related issues if in case it happens so that less losses are faced.
Scalability of such practices can only happen by two ways:
The NGOs and other institutions should formulate and implement projects and train professionals regarding the concepts and its realities and develop models so that it can be replicated, copied or similarly implemented by others.The scalability of any institution’s work can only be possible at wider scale if it is accepted and replicated by the govt. So, the model which is developed should be demonstrated to government and the inputs should be accepted or should be inculcated to their ongoing programs.


25 Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) in 25 villages in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra and 25 PBRs have been prepared. BMCs help generate awareness about the importance of biodiversity and PBR. BMC formation and preparation PBR could be replicated in any village. ‘Making Biodiversity A Community Resource, The People’s Biodiversity Register: A “How-To” Manual’ can be accessed at

Different SWC measures could be applied in any village depending on the topography and the need. WOTR has applied them in 657 villages across seven states of India. WOTR has developed different tools and methodologies such as Participatory Net Planning (PNP), the Participatory Operational Pedagogy (POP) for the SWC projects (in which 24 steps are being followed at different stages of the project with regard mobilization, capacity building, monitoring, etc.)

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