Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India

The passing of Latha Anantha, a true crusader and champion for rivers, leaves a void in the water sector. The Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India pays tribute to her.

Latha, well known environmental activist and researcher from Kerala, is no more with us physically. Though many of us knew that she was battling with cancer for the last 3-4 years, closely following her ups and downs and also knowing that over the last two weeks or so her health was steadily deteriorating, the question still comes up time and again, why was she taken away from us so early? She was just 51. She left us in the wee hours of Thursday, 16th November.

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The Hirakud dam in Odisha has often been viewed as a symbol of India’s post independence developmentalism. This report explores the water conflicts surrounding the reservoir

hirakudThis action research report by the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India maps the variegated issues contributing to the water conflicts around the Hirakud reservoir, brings together the response of policy makers and stakeholders, and suggests options and methodologies for initiating and creating

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An open letter to the Prime Minister on resolving Mullaperiyar conflict in Kerala is presented below -

Guest Post: Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India

The Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India has been closely following the Mullaperiyar issue for the last several years. The polarisation of views around the Mullaperiyar has hardened over the years. The Tamil Nadu government insists that the Mullaperiyar dam is safe and that the water level must be maintained at the maximum level as per the agreement. The Kerala government insists that a new dam, downstream of the present dam, must be built because the present dam is unsafe. The recent tremors with their epicentres near the dam and the already diminishing trust and rising fears and apprehensions on both sides have created a grave situation needing immediate intervention and your initiative in getting the two parties together is a welcome move.

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The Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India presents a report on water allocation for competing uses.

Water ConflictThis report has been prepared by the members of the working group set up by the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India on the issue of “Entitlements and allocations for livelihoods and ecosystem needs". The introductory chapter sets out the context of the report. The immediate context is the work of the Forum over the last 4-5 years, and the learning that this particular issue leads to many water conflicts in India.

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Participants deliberated upon mechanisms for better understanding, resolution and prevention of conflicts.


Proceedings of 'Water Conflicts in Odisha: Issues and way forward' - Organised by Odisha State Centre of the ‘Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India’ - 28th - 29th March 2011, Bhubaneswar

Development Resource & Training Centre (DRTC), CYSD, Bhubaneswar:

A 2-days Workshop on “Water conflicts in Odisha: Issues and way forward” has been organized during 28th – 29th, March, 2011 at Bhubaneswar by ‘Odisha State Centre’ of the ‘Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India’. Environmental activists, thinkers, academicians, Government Officials, Farmer leader’s and Civil Society Organizations from different parts of the state participated in the workshop along with members of the National Steering Committee of Forum to discuss about the ongoing and emerging water conflicts in different geographies of the state.

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News and information collected from Odia news papers, English media, web site of Department of Water Resources, Govt of Odisha for easy access

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This initiative is an attempt to provide daily updates on Flood Situations and related events/news to water enthusiasts, professionals and citizens concerned about flood in Odisha. News and information collected from Odia news papers, English media (internet editions) and web site of Department of Water Resources, Govt of Odisha are put together at one place to provide an overview of flood in Odisha on a daily basis.

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