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Specifically, W-CReS’s Overall Goal is to conduct rigorous trans-disciplinary, applied research with a view to contributing grounded insights and learnings to policy formulation, program design and implementation, capacity building and behavioural change processes.

The objective is to promote adaptive responses and mitigate the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, water resources, agriculture, food and nutrition, health, livelihoods, gender, governance and local institutions. These themes will be the core focus of its enquiry and study.

Who we are

Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) is a globally recognized organization dedicated to transforming the lives of millions across India in participatory watershed development and eco-systems restoration, adaptive sustainable agriculture, integrated and efficient water management, and climate change adaptation, with a special emphasis on vulnerable communities, farmers, and women.

What we do

WOTR works across thirteen different areas, using applied research to help rural communities reduce their vulnerabilities to climatic and non-climatic risks. It organizes them in a socially and gender inclusive manner to help themselves out of poverty.

Our impact

Since inception in 1993, WOTR has restored over 8,913 of degraded land and its schemes have directly and indirectly benefitted 1.4 million people. Over 385,000 people across the country and 63 countries have participated in WOTR’s training and capacity building programs.

With our Head Office in Pune, Maharashtra (India), we operate in 8 states in India, namely, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha.


W-CReS gratefully acknowledges the generous support received from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) that has made possible its establishment.

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