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This scientist turned farmer does it all!
Khazans are a unique man-made ecosystem that give Goa its traditional form of farming. Khazan lands are reclaimed lands from the river or sea.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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Think again before you order shark fin soup!
Sharks are very important to the oceans as they control the fish population and maintain the food balance. However, many species of these predators are under threat due to human interventions, specifically shark finning. 
Hamsa Iyer  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Goa University shows state how to harvest rainwater
As a faculty of the Earth Sciences Department at Goa University, Dr. A.G Chachadi wanted to develop a facility to harvest rainwater and recharge groundwater at the campus at Taleigao Plateau. He wanted to showcase rainwater harvesting within the campus and also spread awareness on the benefits of doing it.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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The lost Khazans of Goa
Khazans are reclaimed lands from the river or the sea. A created network of bunds protects the agricultural fields and adjoining villages from tidal flows. Khazan lands have three main features: sluice gate, poim and two types of bunds. Bunds
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 1 week ago
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From farming to fishing: The journey of the tribals of Dhimbe
Dimbhe dam is located near the tourist spot of Bhimashankar in Maharashtra. With a capacity of 13.5 million cubic meters, the dam displaced 1253 families, submerged 11 villages and partiallly affected another 13 villages when it was completed in 2000.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 2 weeks ago
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The Shirpur pattern: Is it groundwater therapy?
The Shirpur pattern propogated by Suresh Khanapurkar has been widely criticised but also accepted by many villages in Maharashtra.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 3 weeks ago
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Citizen-friendly services? Yes please!
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipa
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Water buckets of the Western Ghats
The Western Ghats, known for its biodiversity, is one of India's most sought after ecological hotspots. One of its stark features is the basalt rocks, often referred to as water buckets indicating the water retention capacity of the rock, found there.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Does tapping regional springs affect the Western Ghats?
The Western Ghats are made of up basalt rocks, which were formed from lava flows. These rocks are also known as water buckets as they are able to retain a lot of water. This unique feature helps create springs. At an event organised by IIT Mumbai and India Water Portal to mark World Water Day, Dr. Jared Buono talked about how springs were revived in Panchgani with the help of spring boxes.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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A pathway for water
Pophala is a dry land farming village with 73 families that cultivate 290 acres. The people would spend as many as 5 hours to go to another village and get water. In the year 2013, the Gram Sabha in Pophala village, decided on something unique. They decided to figure out a way to get and keep water in their village so as to not be dependent on anyone else. 
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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No water, no power - no problem!
Sea Line Co-operative Society, is a residential complex with 25 apartments in Bandra-a suburb in Mumbai. The 70 residents required 6000 kilolitres (KL) water per year but they managed to procure just about 5000 KL while paying through their noses - Rs. 20,000 per month, to be exact.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Water scarcity in the 'village of wells'
What determines how we use water? Is it proximity to a source or could it be economic factors? A study in Kattanbhavi, a picturesque village in Belgaum, Karnataka, which also borders Maharashtra, gives clear insights into how and why available water sources are used in a particular manner.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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A school for 'dropouts'
'Development through Education and Education through development’ is the motto of Vigyan Ashram, a residential school situated in Pabal, Maharashtra. Dr.Kalbaug founded Vigyan Ashram on the principles of natural systems of learning.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Painting Mumbai blue!
Aabid Surti who lives in Mira Road, a Mumbai suburb, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hindi Sahitya Sanstha by the Uttar Pradesh Government in 2007. He has multiple creative talents. He is a painter, cartoonist, author, playwright and water warrior. Water warrior?!
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 3 months ago
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Making leaders out of farmers
The 1972 drought in Maharashtra affected several villages and talukas. Farmers in Purandhar taluka in Pune district decided to get together and discuss how to improve their situation so that they would not be as severely affected by poor rainfall in the future. Thus was born Pani Panchayat.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 9 months ago
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Shanty City: Mumbai
Cities and slums coexist in India. Some view these slums as shanties that destroy the image of a world class city while others view them as informal groups that support the city for its needs.
Hamsa Iyer  posted 4 years 10 months ago