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Women and Water
On International Women's Day today, we take a look at the critical connects between gender and water.
Posted on 08 Mar, 2019 12:45 PM

In India, women often travel long distances to fetch water. This in turn affects school attendance for young girls, and has a domino effect on other development indicators. Women and girls are an important stakeholder to be considered in the design of interventions and programmes to ensure access to safe water for all.

Women and water: a critical connect
Wetlands in deep water
On the World Wetlands Day, save a thought for India’s Ramsar sites, most of them at various stages of deterioration.
Posted on 02 Feb, 2017 11:14 AM

February 2 is observed as the World Wetlands Day. The day marks the date of adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. This year, the theme of the World Wetlands Day is Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Deepor Beel in Assam (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
A tale of two sparring states and a river
Goa and Karnataka lock horns again over Mahadayi water sharing. How long will it go on before a consensus is reached?
Posted on 25 Aug, 2016 11:36 PM

The small town of Navalgund of Dharwad district in Karnataka with a population of 25,000 has been the epicenter of farmers’ protest demanding water from the west-flowing river, Mahadayi.

The Mahadayi or the Mandovi river, shared between Karnataka and Goa for their water needs, is a bone of contention between the two states.
Water warriors – Stories on people and their relationship with water
The stories in this yearbook highlight efforts by rural and urban communities across India to take back ownership of their water resources.
Posted on 20 Oct, 2015 06:49 PM

Water sustains lives and livelihoods. It is a precious and finite resource that, in future years, is likely to become the main bone of contention between peoples, states and nations. Water – like every other finite resource – needs sustainable and equitable management, with equal focus on reducing demand, recycling and finding alternatives, as well as the usual emphasis on supply solutions.

Prayers on the bank of the Kshipra
Tribute to Prof. Ramaswamy Iyer
Prof. Iyer, Former Secretary of Water Resources who passed away a fortnight ago touched the lives of many. A few share their thoughts.
Posted on 22 Sep, 2015 09:40 PM

Rohini Nilekani Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam

Ramaswamy Iyer, former Secretary Water Resources
Monsoon delivers a hard blow to farmers
Flood and drought - farmers across the country have seen both as this year’s monsoon has featured late and erratic rains. This report details the situation as it is on the ground.
Posted on 01 Sep, 2014 09:30 AM

High food Inflation has been pinching Indians for the last few months and with the current monsoon not being very generous to farmers, the situation is only expected to worsen. As of August 29th, rainfall deficiency in the country was 18 per cent, a much improved figure from the 41 per cent deviation recorded at the start of monsoon.

Amount of rainfall (Source: IMD)
Catch Every Drop: The Water Warrior contest
Your city needs YOU to become a Water Warrior (of taps, not guns!) with a clear mission brief to save every drop from going to waste.
Posted on 27 Feb, 2013 06:08 PM

Imagine there's no water
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to cook or clean with
And no flushing too!
Imagine all the people
Living life in vain

A possible set of guidelines for integrating 'land ethic' principles into planning and construction of green buildings in India
This dissertation - ‘Recommending a set of guidelines for a green community development following the roadmap of The Land Ethic’, by Jatina Thakkar and Vinit Mirkar, deals with understanding the principles of “The Land Ethic”, using the book ‘A sand county almanac ‘ by Aldo Leopold and analysing the three existing green rating systems for community development, in relation to land ethic principles and ecosystem services
Posted on 08 Feb, 2013 03:59 PM

Aldo Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ defines the relationship between people and nature, and simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soil, water, plants and animals, or collectively: the land.

Meet the Data Project's star volunteers - Gautam Dihora and Sharada Ramadass, and learn how you can help make valuable groundwater data more accessible to the wider public
At the Data Project, our volunteers have helped us extract data out of difficult formats and are also working to demystify data through their observations and analytical skills.
Posted on 22 Jan, 2013 10:18 PM


Neoliberalism and the nature of the Polavaram beast - How the project will affect the Koya settlements in the Eastern Ghats
The Koya community has been aflutter with anxiety and consternation from the time they have heard about the Polavarm project. As this would not only submerge large number of Koya settlements, but parts of the Eastern Ghats forests on which many still depend.
Posted on 21 Jan, 2013 11:51 AM

Fascism of the beginning of the twenty first century is the articulation and translation of racism and ethnicity into politics. Political developments in the nineteen nineties and the first years of the twenty first century demonstrate the determination to control the peripheries and the 'third world'.