Products and Platforms
The Products and Platforms team translates the knowledge produced by other WELL Labs initiatives into tools or templates that the stakeholders they work with can use. We also work with civil society organisations, philanthropies and governments to effectively diagnose problems and implement solutions by developing digital products, easy-to-use guides and reports.
In our conversations with grassroot communities about their water management challenges, lack of water data and hydrological expertise to use the data emerged as critical gaps. Coming up with demand-side interventions as part of water security planning requires solving a highly technical problem in every gram panchayat with very limited funds and access to technical capacity. We recognised that digital tools could make data easily accessible and address this expertise bottleneck.
Collective Impact Framework
The socio-environmental change that we envision is complex and evolving in real-time. This change cannot be brought about by a single organisation or sector or skillset. We need multi-disciplinary research, multi-institutional partnerships and cross-sectoral collaboration to make this happen. We need to drive diverse stakeholders and their interests towards a common goal. We work on creating such frameworks for collective action and impact.
On January 23, we launched the Green Rural Economy platform at a two-day workshop at the School of Ancient Wisdom in north Bengaluru. This is part one of a blog series that summarises the intent of the platform and the way forward based on discussions at the event.
WELL Labs has partnered with ACIWRM and IHE Delft to understand and improve community-driven applications of remote sensing data in India’s Krishna river basin.
We team up with Tarun Bharat Sangh to see how remote sensing can aid planning, impact evaluation and scaling up for johads, the traditional earthen embankments that are key to water conservation efforts in Rajasthan
As part of the Green Rural Livelihoods project, we visited Lohardaga and got insights from the ground on how grassroots organisations like PRADAN support the livelihoods of local communities. We summarise five insights in the second part of this series.
As part of the Green Rural Economy project, we visited Lohardaga and got insights from the ground on how grassroots organisations like PRADAN support local communities with best practices on land and water management. We summarise our learnings in this two-part blog series.
Remote sensing data validated through reports from the ground can capture changes in spatial agricultural patterns down to plot level. This blog sheds light on land use maps developed by IIT Delhi called IndiaSAT.
WELL Labs is co-developing with its partners simple user-friendly tools, under the Jaltol framework, to help us diagnose the magnitude of water mismanagement and track our progress towards water security.
Under the Green Rural Livelihoods project, we are working with Rainmatter Foundation to create how-to guides and playbooks.
In this blog, we explain how to use the agricultural statistics tool we developed that makes it easy to read and interpret data and thus build a more complete picture of a landscape and its cropping patterns.
To our knowledge, this is the first research study that has attempted to apply the agent-based modelling method in the context of solar irrigation and its likely impact on farmers’ incomes and groundwater sustainability in India.
We applied an agent-based modeling (ABM) approach to understand farmer choices and transitions before and after solar irrigation in six districts
Given the push for investments in the water sustainability space, businesses need to be better informed about where the big problems lie so that projects can be properly planned and executed. But there’s a data gap. Our comprehensive study of three important river basins — Cauvery, Ganga and Krishna
Through this landscape review, we take a closer look at agritech startups to identify how to secure the livelihoods of farmers while simultaneously addressing environmental concerns
We explore how to bring aquifers back into balance by increasing recharge and reducing abstraction. We also make the case for a system of water credits to effectively drive collective action.
Water security plans (WSPs), which describe the current state of water challenges in the region under study and the interventions planned, are an important component of rural water security programmes. Based on our review, we argue that WSPs need to be more streamlined and must shift focus towards using
This report details the ‘pain points’ or challenges CSOs face as they attempt to intervene at different stages in the farming process. This is based on fieldwork we carried out in four states - Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
We conducted a series of interviews with Civil Society Organisations and philanthropic organisations to understand the role of data, maps, and digital tools in rural water security programmes. This report summarises our insights and suggested solutions.
Mukta is a hydrogeologist with the Products and Platforms team at WELL Labs. She is working on rural water security.
She graduated in MSc Hydrogeology from University of Birmingham in December 2020. She is an alumna of Fergusson College and a former Fellow at Bhoomi College and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) where she studied geology, sustainability, and urban studies.
Ishita works as a Hydrologist with the Products and Platforms team at WELL Labs.
Her interests revolve around the use of spatial and quantitative data to support improved understanding of hydrology. She is also curious to address issues on water resource sustainability under extreme climate events.
She concluded her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (2022), with her thesis focusing on the hydrological evaluation of temperature reanalysis data in Benin. In addition to her training in water resource management, she was working with Allianz Re, Munich to support functionalities in the Geospatial Solutions and Analytics division in Catastrophe Risk Management.
Ishita has prior experience as a public policy researcher while working with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
Craig began his journey with a Master's in Energy and Environmental Policy (2013), though these days he primarily looks at water through the technology and data lens. As an independent developer, in the GIS/RS space, since 2017, he has worked with several non-profit and research organisations in the water sector, and with several technologies across the geospatial stack, including QGIS, Google Earth Engine, GeoServer, and PostGRES/PostGIS. You can find him at craigdsouza.in
Srushti is an Ecologist and Qualitative Researcher with the Products and Platforms team at WELL Labs.
She has done a fellowship in Sustainable Living from Bhoomi College and her MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment. Her past work has focused on human-wildlife conflict studies and mitigation, as well as species-habitat interactions.
She is interested in research questions about food/farming systems, and developing better relationships at the human-nature interface. She also enjoys all kinds of books, most kinds of music and wildlife-watching on long hikes outdoors.
Ganesh is a PhD student at ATREE and a Senior GIS Associate at WELL Labs.
Ganesh has completed M.Sc. in Geoinformatics from Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune. His earlier interests in forestry led him to a summer internship with the Forest department situated in Aurangabad district, Maharashtra.
During his Master's internship at ATREE, he worked on the 'UPSCAPE' project, focussing on different sources of irrigation for agriculture purposes in Cauvery basin using Census of India data. Since this project he has been working to understand dynamics of decadal land-use and land-cover changes in Cauvery basin using Google Earth Engine.
At WELL Labs, he focuses on typologies and LULC input for the Jaltol project, groundwater quality and quantity indices at the district level for India using secondary datasets for the REAL Water project, and GIS support for the Pacific Institute project. Apart from this, he works on degraded agricultural landscapes for his PhD.
Anjali leads the Products and Platforms team at WELL Labs.
As a generalist, she has predominantly designed institutional solutions for complex socio-economic and environmental challenges. Some of the projects she has worked on include preparing the operations and maintenance manual for drinking water supply for the Government of Telangana, developing an export diversification strategy for the Government of Bangladesh, developing strategies for MSMEs to cope with natural disasters, assessing the costs and benefits of adopting sustainable construction practices in Nepal, analysing the ecosystem for social entrepreneurship in SAARC countries, and assessing the impact of ‘slum rehabilitation or relocation’ programmes.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Economics from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. She is a maker, and used to run a Montessori-inspired materials company called The Monti Co.
Balakumaran is a Senior GIS Associate and Programmer with the Products and Platforms team at WELL Labs.
He has worked for over four years in the field of remote sensing and GIS at the Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University, Chennai. He monitored and evaluated IWMP watersheds for Tamil Nadu and in the Village Information System, developing a spatial data model for local-level planning.
He completed his BE in Civil Engineering from Velammal Engineering College, Anna University, Chennai, and ME in Irrigation Water Management from College of Engineering (Guindy Campus), Anna University, Chennai.