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Using Transformative Scenario Planning to think critically about the future of water in rural Jalna, India

The TSP brought together 40 women and men representing various groups, who have a stake and influence in the water situation in Jalna district. Discussing the different shades of recurrent droughts and water scarcity, scenario building team prepared four plausible scenarios for 2030. Based on this, they collectively built the desired future and arrived at the necessary actions.

Jalna, a drought-prone district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra in India, persistently faces serious water challenges. Some of the causes are recurrent drought, notable weather changes, crop loss and failure, and increasing demand on groundwater by farmers, industry, and urbanization. Water scarcity for the domestic and livelihood needs of rural households is of grave concern. Finding sustainable solutions to this complex water issue is beyond the capacity of any single agency. The TSP process initiated in this region brought together diverse stakeholders together to reflect on the current situation, build the possible scenarios of the water situation, and collectively build the roadmap to reach the commonly arrived desired scenario.

The reflections that emerged from the transformative scenario planning process on the crucial issue of ‘Water in Rural Jalna in 2030’ made all participants realise the urgency of addressing this problem. It also provided a set of actions for the participants, like for example to share the learning from the process with their peers.

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Submitted by:

Dr. Eshwer Kale

Project member

May 28, 2021

How to cite this page:

Dr. Eshwer Kale

Using Transformative Scenario Planning to think critically about the future of water in rural Jalna, India



WOTR. 2018. WOTR’s experience of organising and facilitating the TSP process in Jalna, article published in TSP Spotlight, ASSAR

WOTR. 2019. Creating a Desired Future for Water Security, a film made by WOTR on TSP

Eshwer Kale and Hemant Pinjan. (2020). Applying TSP for transforming the behaviour of water users, presented in 6th Capacity development symposium by IHE, Delft.

Project images

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Mohan Dhuldhar, WOTR


Sachin Hirve, WOTR


Vandana Salvi, WOTR


Amol Satpute, WOTR

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