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Degraded and wastelands of India - Status and spatial distribution
This book by NAAS and ICAR builds-on and integrates work done by different institutes of the ICAR and the Department of Space in the area of degraded and wastelands in India. NRSA had already published the state level and country level information earlier. In addition, the nature and causes of the land degradation, and the degree and extent of damaged lands needed to be determined, so that appropriate management strategies could be designed and implemented in a defined time-frame to bring these lands to ‘productive health’. 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Guidelines for Assessing the Risk to Groundwater from On–Site Sanitation (ARGOSS)
These "Guidelines for Assessing the Risk to Groundwater from On–Site Sanitation (ARGOSS)" were developed to provide guidance on how to assess and reduce the risk of contamination of groundwater supplies from on–site sanitation systems and are aimed at those responsible for planning low cost water supply and sanitation schemes. The manual developed by the British Geological Survey has been field tested between 1999 and 2003.   
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Climate change and India - A sectoral and regional analysis for 2030s by the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA)
This report prepared by the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) provides an assessment of impact of climate change in 2030s on four key sectors of the Indian economy, namely agriculture, water, natural ecosystems & biodiversity and health in four climate sensitive regions of India, namely the Himalayan region, the Western Ghats, the Coastal Area and the North-East Region. This is the for the first time that such a comprehensive, long term assessment has been undertaken based on rigorous scientific analysis for the 2030s (all previous assessments were for the 2070s and beyond). 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Water security for India: The external dynamics - An IDSA Task Force Report
The report by Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses is premised on the fact that India is facing a serious water resource problem and is expected to become 'water stressed' by 2025 and 'water scarce' by 2050. It raises fundamental questions about the forces driving water demand and the political dynamics of riparian relations, both in terms of hindrances and opportunities, amongst states in the subcontinent. Rivers, a crucial source of water resources, physically link upstream and downstream users and at the same time create barriers.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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An overview of impact assessment of watershed projects (1998-2002) by NIRD stresses the need to harmonise the use of soil and water between upstream and downstream within a watershed area
An overview of impact assessment of watershed projects (1998-2002) by NIRD stresses the need to harmonise the use of soil and water between upstream and downstream within a watershed area
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Leh cloudburst investigation report suggests that the cloudburst evolved in a deep humid layer of flow from the northwest capped by relatively cold and dry flow from the east and southeast
Leh cloudburst investigation report suggests that the cloudburst evolved in a deep humid layer of flow from the northwest capped by relatively cold and dry flow from the east and southeast
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Climate change and its impact on groundwater – A presentation by ACWADAM
This presentation by ACWADAM deals with climate change and its impacts on long-term replenishment of groundwater. The presentation provides an overview of the current insights and knowledge on climate change impacts and gives an overview of best options for developing and safeguarding groundwater resources.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Ecological destruction of Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in North East India – A five-part FES-InfoChange series
This series by Thingnam Anjulika Samom deals with the impact of modernisation, development and state policy on the traditional use, control and management of Loktak lake, the largest common property aquatic resource in Manipur. The Loktak Hydropower Project commissioned in 1983 has damaged the ecology of the largest freshwater lake in the northeast, and has altered the culture, agricultural and livelihood patterns of communities residing around Loktak. The series looks at what this common property resource used to be and what it has become. Loktak, the 300-square-km lake is spread over three districts in the valley – Imphal West, Bisnupur and Thoubal and covers 61% of the total identified wetlands of Manipur. Besides being the source of livelihood for hundreds of people, Loktak also houses the floating national park Keibul Lamjao, the only home in the world to the endangered Sangai deer. It is not only the geographical topography of the lake that has changed in the last few decades. The lake is also beset by increasing pollution, siltation, rapid proliferation of phumdis and the commissioning of the Loktak hydel project in the 1980s Manipur or Imphal River, with the Loktak lake forming the headwaters to provide regulated storage for power generation.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Fisherfolk displaced by Polavaram dam - A four-part FES-InfoChange series
Article and Image Courtesy: Infochange News & Features The Andhra Pradesh government has a grand vision for industrial development, and the Polavaram Dam across the Godavari is essential to it. But the dam will submerge 276 villages, displacing farmers and fisherfolk. This FES-Infochange series in four parts looks specifically at the fisherfolk in the submergence zone, who are not even counted amongst the project-affected. Part I: The invisible fishermen of the Godavari At Rajahmundry, in the middle of my journey to the submergence zone of the Polavaram (Indira Sagar) dam in Andhra Pradesh in search of fisher communities, I came across the official four-page advertisement supplement issued by the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), dated June 30, 2010. The advertisement highlights ‘10 Things Good with Godavari’ -- timeless river, rice bowl of south India, rich agriculture, natural resources, social infrastructure, connectivity, access to sea ports, a willing administration, peaceful politics, and big players already there. The “big players already there” include Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Reliance, and Cairn Energy.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Paving the way for the control of Cholera and Typhoid fever in Kolkata - A research project report of the NICED-IVI collaboration
This collaborative research work between National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata and International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Seoul under the Diseases of the Most Impoverished (DOMI) Program, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to give useful information for the prevention and control of typhoid fever and cholera. The aim is to accelerate the introduction of new generation vaccines against cholera, shigellosis, and typhoid fever, through research and capacity-building. 
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Coastal Regulation Zone notification (2010) - Critique by the Kerala Swathanthra Malsya Thozhilali Federation
  The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has issued the draft CRZ Notification, 2010 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 on 15th September, 2010 inviting suggestions and objections from public within 60 days from date of its issue. The following are the new additions to the original 1991 notification:
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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The burden of cholera in the slums of Kolkata - A community based study by NICED
This paper by National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) is based on a prospective, community based study in an impoverished urban site in Kolkata in order to measure the burden of cholera, describe its epidemiology, and search for potential risk factors that could be addressed by public health strategies. The study population was enumerated at the beginning and end of the study period. Surveillance through five field outposts and two referral hospitals for acute, watery, non-bloody diarrhoea was conducted from May 2003 to April 2004.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Status of water supply, sanitation and solid waste management in urban areas – A research study by CPHEEO (2005)
This study by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) assesses the status of water supply, sanitation and solid waste management in selected 300 cities and towns of India including all metropolitan cities and selected Class I and Class II urban centres. It estimates the requirement of funds for full coverage of population by these services in the urban areas of the country from 1999 to 2022 (at five yearly intervals). Overall, the study confirms the normal notion that the metropolitan cities are better provided for than the other size class of urban centres.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Effective interventional approach to control anaemia in pregnant women through avoidance of flouride - Current Science paper
This paper from Current Science deals with anaemia in pregnancy and low birth weight babies, which can lead to maternal and infant mortality, and continues to plague India and several other countries despite nutritional counselling and maternal iron and folic acid supplementation. It reports the results of fluoride avoidance as an approach to address the issue. The methodology of the research entailed the following -
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Kudrati Kheti (Natural Farming) - A manual in Hindi
This manual (revised version) in Hindi developed by Rajinder Chaudhary on natural farming, also known as organic, zero budget or alternative farming, is an attempt to spre
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 7 months ago
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Human development report 2010 - The real wealth of nations - United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recently published the 20th Anniversary edition of its Human Development Report (HDR) which presents the latest Human Development Index (HDI). The premise of the HDI reports is simple - national development should be measured not simply by national income nor should an individual’s well-being be evaluated by money alone, as had long been the practice, but also by life expectancy and literacy.  Income is of course crucial - without resources, any progress is difficult. Yet there is a need to gauge whether people can lead long and healthy lives, whether they have the opportunity to be educated and whether they are free to use their knowledge and talents to shape their own destinies.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 8 months ago
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Open courseware of national programme on technology enhanced learning A summary of civil engineering courses
The India Water Portal is pleased to announce to its users, that the Civil Engineering courses from the multi-faceted and multi-modal open courseware of National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) have been put together in the form of a summary. These courses are being carried out by Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore as a collaborative project supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Government of India) to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country, by developing curriculum based video and web courses. In these web based lectures, the authors have developed the subject in detail and in stages in a student-friendly manner.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 8 months ago
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A case study of Dongs – The traditional water management system of the Bodo people
This report by  SDTT presents a case study on the traditional water management system of the bodo people in Assam and North Bengal, the dongs. Dongs are man-made structures akin to canals, to route water from available water sources, which are usually perennial, to the paddy cultivating fields. The water sources are small rivers, perennial swamps, beel, streams, etc. Dong can have a breadth of 7-15 feet on average or even more. The breadth gradually increases over the course of its flow from the source till the end point.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 8 months ago
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A training manual on integrated management of watersheds by ICRISAT
The training manual by ICRISAT on integrated management of watersheds is meant for watershed development practitioners and provides an account of the socio-technical aspects of watershed. To begin with, the definitional aspects of watershed are spelt out - The term “watershed” strictly refers to the divide separating one drainage basin from another. However, over the years, the use of the term watershed to signify a drainage basin or catchment area has come to stay. Hydrologically, watershed could be defined as an area from which the runoff drains through a particular point in the drainage system.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 8 months ago
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Gully control in semi arid tropical watersheds – A report by ICRISAT
This report prepared by ICRISAT under its Global Theme on Agroecosystems deals with the problem of gully erosion, which is common in the semi-arid region, characterized by denuded landscape and flash floods. An estimated 4 million ha land in India and 29 million ha of land in Africa are affected by severe gully erosion. Gully erosion is more difficult and expensive to control than other types of soil erosion.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 9 years 8 months ago

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