Assessing vulnerability to climate change in development planning, Watershed Organisation Trust, Sangamner, Ahmednagar, March 5-8, 2013



Watershed Training Centre, Darewadi village,  Sangamner, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra


It is now recognized that anthropogenic factors are the main contributor to Climate Change. It is no longer a mere scientific curiosity but has become the single greatest challenge the world is facing today.

The IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report states that the warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and extreme weather events have also changed in both frequency and intensity over the 50 years. The stress created by extreme climate variability on societies and the environment at such a rapid rate renders both vulnerable.  It is a serious problem for developing and underdeveloped countries as capacity to adapt to and cope with such risks are low.

Hence understanding what is “vulnerability”, who/what is vulnerable, what kind of vulnerability is it and what is causing the vulnerability through a climate change lens is the need of the hour.

Broad content

  • Why is understanding vulnerability to climate change so important?
  • Assessing Vulnerability – introduction to WOTR’s Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) for Project Planning
  • Usage of VAT and its practical application in project villages
  • WOTR’s experience in implementing the VAT and live case study discussions


The course will be conducted in English and Hindi/Marathi/Telugu.

Course objective

  • Helps development practitioners understand the importance and need for moving from “development planning to planning under conditions of uncertainty
  • Builds capacities to analyse and synthesise information that helps one assess who and what is vulnerable  and incorporate it in to the project planning cycle
  • Helps project planners and implementers identify interventions that may actually be increasing vulnerability of CC further,  and make appropriate mid-course corrections
  • Trains to anticipate vulnerability to CC while designing which can lead to more robust projects that serve the intended communities better thus reducing the risk of projects becoming obsolete prematurely and wastage of  large amounts of fund is being invested in such projects.
  • Trains to develop no regret interventions

Who should attend

Meant for NGO decision-makers, NGO staff, members of autonomous institutions, corporate staff, activists, government officers (district/ taluka / village level)

Registration fee

The fee for the events is Rs. 3,000 - limited to 20 participants only.

This is a sponsored training program and requires only a registration fee.  Travel costs to and fro will have to be borne by the participants. Please note that any other contingencies including medical expenses arising during the training course will be borne by the participant.

Payment should be made in the form of a demand draft drawn in favour of the ‘Watershed Organisation Trust’ payable at Ahmednagar.

Contact details

Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR),
“The Forum”, 2nd floor,
Padmavati corner, Pune Satara Road,
Pune – 411009, Maharashtra
Tele : +91 – 20 – 24226211

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