WOTR (Watershed Organization Trust) is pleased to announce a pivotal partnership with Sun Pharma. The three-year program aims to address the challenges of water security and climate change in Ahmednagar and Beed districts of Maharashtra, by creating a water collection capacity of over 5.2 billion litres. As the project covers almost 30,000 hectares, includes 22 villages and impacts a population of 36,884 and 7,823 families, this alliance represents a major step in increasing the resilience of rural communities through efficient water extraction and management.
WOTR is known for its commitment to ecosystem restoration through ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and believes in the need to anchor sustainable development in the health of local ecosystems. This approach ensures that the interventions are not only beneficial to the community, but also contribute to the larger goal of environmental sustainability.
Prakash Keskar, Executive Director of WOTR, said: “This collaboration underlines WOTR’s continued commitment to strengthen rural communities against the unpredictable variations of climate change. Our partnership with Sun Pharma is an important step towards empowering these communities to better manage their water resources, ensure the security of their livelihoods and increase their resilience to climate volatility.“
Sun Pharma believes that entrepreneurship and responsibility go hand in hand. The company is committed to using its people, expertise and networks to meet the needs of the communities it serves and catalyze overall development. Lasting value can only be created if the right balance between the three basic principles of economic, environmental and social is achieved. Sun Pharma is committed to making a positive, tangible impact on communities. Through CSR and sustainability initiatives, Sun Pharma’s interventions address the critical needs of rural residents, ensuring sustainability over a period of time. The partnership with WOTR is an example of Sun Pharma’s commitment to serving the community and ensuring sustainability.
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The project will focus on water conservation, climate-resilient agricultural practices, capacity building for leveraging government schemes and livestock development. These interventions are expected to effectively manage water supply and demand, including addressing behavioral aspects related to water use.
The partnership between WOTR and Sun Pharma promises a better future for rural communities in Ahmednagar and Beed districts. The two organizations eagerly look forward to seeing the results of this collaboration as they continue their journey towards rural development.