Napo Jal Bachao Kal campaign - the pre-monsoon groundwater monitoring 2022 exercise commences
Before the monsoon sets in, 1000s of Indians in rural communities head out to measure the wells in their villages
Women use an open source groundwater monitoring tool that enables collection of water level data of wells and its collation on a web platform for easy access by all. (Image: FES)
India’s fantastic freshwater fauna and where to find them
Freshwater ecosystems are not mere sources of water, they are treasure troves of biodiversity. Know more about the fascinating and diverse animal species that inhabit freshwater habitats in India.
Freshwater ecosystems, treasure troves of biodiversity (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Toxic waters, struggling fish
The mighty Ganga is gradually becoming a death trap, not only for people, but also for the wonderous animals that live in its waters and depend on her for their survival. How has this happened?
The poisoned Ganges (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Microplastics contaminating our soil
The plastic used for mulching is leading to soil contamination
Under a study by Toxics Link soil samples in agricultural belts in Karnataka and Maharashtra were tested and tiny plastic particles were found at various depths (Image: Toxics Link)
Need for robust forecasting mechanism: Landslides and flash floods
Smaller-scale weather events need better prediction
Image: Vinoth Chandar, Wikimedia Commons
Making the invisible, visible
The water stewardship initiative by WOTR that developed a tool to visualise aquifers has not only helped farmers understand groundwater as a shared resource, but also led to a behavioural change among water users and helped implement groundwater laws and policies.
Groundwater, a fast disappearing resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Climate Asia, a new initiative launched to deal with the climate crisis
Need to focus on geographically specific solutions
Building and strengthening the climate ecosystem in Asia (Image: Tumisu, Pixabay)
Long-term resilience through MGNREGS assets
The report by IIED identifies policy and design opportunities through which the provision of assets under MGNREGS can improve the long-term resilience of rural beneficiaries.
Work in progress at an NREGA site under 'apna khet, apna kaam' (my field, my work). Medhbanchi, Dungarpur, Rajasthan (Image: UN Woemn Asia and Pacific/Gaganjeet Singh)
This is how your kid’s life will be like in 2050
It is almost certain that today’s kids are doomed to live in a world that would be two-degree centigrade warmer compared to the average global temperature of the 1850s. But what would that world be like?
Children's lives are under threat due to climate change. (Image: Max Pixel)
Environment conscious urban Indians want brands to reduce their harmful environmental impacts
Almost half want all brands to talk about environmental issues in their marketing & advertising
Menstrual hygiene management: Looking beyond WASH
A study from rural Odisha found that exclusive focus on provision of facilities such as household latrines or bathing areas with access to piped water did not help much in improving menstrual hygiene practices until the sociocultural barriers experienced by women were also addressed.
Women in Deogarh, Odisha (Image Source: Ekta Parishad via Wikimedia Commons)
Taking people along, to conserve freshwater ecosystems
Citizen science can be greatly useful in breaking down the barriers between local and expert knowledge and help in better management and protection of freshwater ecosystems.
Pashan lake in Pune (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Towards food system transition
The report looks at what the transition could look like in ten specific foodscapes
Foodscapes for people and nature (Image: TNC)
Village fair inspires positive change
Behaviour change towards safe drinking water, handwashing and sanitation practices
The village fair (Image Source: Sehgal Foundation)
Drinking water quality course by Sehgal Foundation
Drinking water quality testing course organised by Sehgal Foundation
Safe drinking water, for health (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Forest fire incidences have increased ten times over the past two decades
Over 30% of Indian districts are prone to extreme forest fires, as per a CEEW study
More than 275 million people in India are exposed to extreme forest fire events. (Image: Naveen N Kadalaveni, Wikimedia Commons)