Romit Sen

Romit Sen
Yavatmal’s water security crisis
Improper location, poor operation and maintenance of water harvesting and recharge structures threaten water security in Yavatmal Posted on 23 Jul, 2021 02:38 PM

Water security in  Yavatmal district could be at risk if steps are not taken to revive and renovate water harvesting and recharge structures according to a study by Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC).

A study assesses the current status of the water harvesting and recharge structures in Yavatmal (Image: India Water Portal Flickr)
Climate change likely to affect agricultural productivity in Maharashtra
Climate analysis predicts mismatch in rainfall and temperature patterns with crop phenology: Soybean, Cotton, Wheat and Gram crops at risk, finds Institute for Sustainable Communities study across three major regions of Maharashtra. Posted on 30 Jun, 2021 09:28 AM

Maharashtra faces an increasing risk from climate change which is likely to impact the production of four major crops - Soybean, Cotton, Wheat and Gram, grown in the State according to a study by the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Maharashtra faces an increasing risk from climate change which is likely to impact the production of four major crops - Soybean, Cotton, Wheat and Gram.  (Image: BAIF Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Sheroes: A tribute to women who value water
Beating odds, women water warriors deepen their work on water Posted on 22 Mar, 2021 10:19 PM

Every year, March 22 is celebrated as World Water Day. The theme for this year is ‘valuing water’. This indicates the higher level of thinking that is percolating agencies like the UN.

Rural women believe in the power of ‘water continuity’ or having sustained and intergenerational access to water resources (Image: Romit Sen)
Gender-sensitive response to the climate crisis
Gender-transformative approaches are needed for climate adaptation, to lessen the stresses that force people to migrate.
Posted on 14 Aug, 2020 11:19 AM

A crowd of people jostling by the ticket counter at Jhansi railway station in Uttar Pradesh; men and women, some with families in tow, boarding trains to Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai and other big cities. These are common sights during the summer months at Jhansi, a major town and railway junction.

Women and girls spend a considerable amount of their time in fetching water. (Image: Romit Sen)
Water stewardship approach to minimizing risks for businesses
Water stewardship is an approach predicated on the concept that water is a shared resource and so water risks are also shared risks that everyone in a catchment will face
Posted on 02 Dec, 2019 03:53 PM

Water, its use, availability, and impact on people has been on the public policy debate centerstage for the past several years. In India, a growing water crisis driven by climate change, inefficiency, and water pollution is slowly moving to a near-permanent state that will harm the country’s people, economy and environment.  

Picture credit: Romit Sen
Reflections on managing water: A book review
Scarcity, pollution, inequity, floods and drought -- words that are synonymous with water today. Is the water crisis for real or is it simply a case of mismanagement? Posted on 06 Aug, 2015 05:40 PM

Water, a valuable resource that is magical and mystical, is both mistreated and misunderstood today. Jacques Yves Cousteau once said, "We convenientl

Water reflections: A new way of thinking & innovation
India’s deepening water crisis : A report by Columbia University Water Center and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (2012)
This report is based on the preliminary survey of 27 water intensive industrial sectors and its impacts related to water climate risks Posted on 11 Nov, 2012 11:25 AM

This report  is by the Columbia University Water Center and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Industries call for water conservation - Proactive disclosure on water use by industries will go a long way
This article by Romit Sen discusses some of the steps that can be undertaken by industries to conserve water
Posted on 25 May, 2012 03:48 PM

India’s rapidly growing economy is driving increased water usage across different sectors. Various estimates and projections indicate an increasing trend in water demand for agriculture, industrial and domestic uses in the coming decades.

Issues and approaches for drinking water quality in rural India: a background paper by WaterAid
The paper presents challenges related to continuous water quality and quantity issues in rural India and shows the need to look for a holistic and people-centred approach for water management Posted on 20 May, 2009 11:40 AM

This background paper by WaterAid highlights the challenges involved in achieving clean drinking water supply in rural India.