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Fifty million people in Indian cities lack access to safe drinking water
News this week Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 days 7 hours ago

Fifty million people in fifteen cities in India have no access to safe, affordable drinking water: UNICEF report

Soil erosion threatens agriculture in India
Soil erosion is major environmental problem in India. What is soil erosion and what are the factors affecting it? Read these FAQs to know more. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 week 1 day ago

How is soil formed?

Healthy soil for agricultural production (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Living glasshouses - in the water!
Diatoms, that abound in freshwater ecosystems not only generate 25 percent of oxygen we breathe, but also help save freshwater bodies by detecting pollution! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months 3 weeks ago


Diatom (Nitzschia sp. - a pollution indicator) along with other algae from a stream (Image Source: Karthick Balasubramanian)
The Uttarakhand disaster: A warning to be better prepared!
The Uttarakhand disaster reaffirms earlier warnings on the fragility of the Himalayan region calling for more careful planning and preparedness in the future! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months ago

Uttarakhand's Chamoli district experienced massive floods on the morning of 7th February 2021.

A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
Breathing life into the dying rivers of Pune!
Jeevitnadi continues with its mission to breathe life into Pune’s rivers and has been awarded the prestigious Bhagirath Prayas Samman 2020 this year! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

In this year’s India Rivers Week (IRW), Jeevitnadi, an organisation working on rivers in Pune city received the prestigious Bhagirath Prayaas Samman for its exemplary work on spreading awareness and undertaking steps to change the situation of rivers in the city!

Mutha, the lifeline of Pune city (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Everything you want to know about drinking water
What is safe drinking water? What is the state of drinking water in India? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 months ago

Why is drinking water important?

Safe drinking water, avaluable resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Plundered rivers, vanishing ecosystems: Sandmining in India’s west
While sandmining is increasingly killing rivers in India, what is the state of rivers in western India? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 months 4 weeks ago

Unsustainable sandmining practices continue to be rampant in India. This has not only threatened the river ecosystems, but also led to commodification of river sand, a product in high demand in the construction industry. The high profits involved have turned sand mining into a highly competitive business with the sand mafia dominating the scene.

River sand continues to be plundered for the construction industry (Source: P Jeganathan/Wikimedia Commons)
Connecting the dots: Reimagining water security at scale
Can digital technology aid in bringing samaj, bazaar and sarkar closer to solve water and livelihood issues? What do learnings from the ground show? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 months ago

While water sector actors from samaaj, sarkaar and bazaar have been working for decades on programmes that address water security issues in the country, making a sustainable impact at scale has continued to be a challenge.

Connecting the dots (Image Source: www.kudumbshree.org, kudumbashree via Wikimedia Commons)
Patterns of social exclusion in watershed development in India
How have watershed development projects fared in India? Have they helped in better distribution of benefits among the poor and marginalised? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

How have watershed development projects fared in India? Have they helped in better distribution of benefits among the poor and marginalised? Why is it important to talk about watershed development at this juncture?

This book by Dr Eshwer Kale dwells on these questions and explores issues around social exclusion among resource-poor people in watershed development projects.

Watershed development: Towards equitable outcomes (Image Source: India Water Portal)
The fast disappearing glaciers of Kashmir
The glaciers located in the Kashmir Himalayas are melting at rapid rates posing a threat to water security in the region!. How is Kashmir coping? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 months ago

Kashmir’s glaciers are melting at frightening rates. Kolahoi glacier, the largest glacier in Kashmir Himalayas, has lost 23 percent area since 1962 and has fragmented into smaller parts!

Glaciers, frozen rivers of ice

Kolahoi glacier in Kashmir (Image Source: Irfanaru via Wikimedia Commons)