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Continuity and change in ancient small-tank irrigation in Sri Lanka: A paper in Economic and Political Weekly
Sri Lanka is home to one of the three most famous ancient irrigation civilizations in Asia. The effective functioning of this irrigation system depended on the then social organization as much as on technical accuracy. This paper, first published in the Economic and Political Weekly,  explores the changes that are taking place in this social system today and the impact of these changes on the irrigation system.
chicu  posted 6 years 2 months ago
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How would you 'develop' the Himalayan states ? - Let the Indian Mountain Initiative know !
The Indian Mountain Initiative was conceived and set up by CHEA  in 2010. The goal of this initiative is to provide a forum for the mountain states to engage in continuous and constructive dialogue. The 3rd sustainable mountain summit will be held at Kohima in September 2013. Prior to this a meet of the mountain states will be held on 19 March 2013 at Delhi. This article presents the proceedings of the past meetings as a background to those to come.
chicu  posted 6 years 2 months ago
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How do groundwater irrigation and energy supply influence each other ? - Talks from the IWMI-Tata Annual Partners' Meet held at Anand in November 2012
India is the world's largest consumer of groundwater where it is extensively used for irrigation. However, there is a considerable waste of this valuable resource. While a part of this waste can be attributed to a lack of incentive for conservation, unmetered electricity supply contributes greatly to this problem. This has led to the formation of what is being termed an energy-irrigation nexus. Several sessions at the IWMI-Tata Annual Partners' Meet in 2012 discussed this phenomenon, its causes, impact and possible management strategies. 
chicu  posted 6 years 2 months ago
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An assessment of the impact of MGNREGA on rural water security : Talks from the IWMI-Tata Annual Partners' Meet held at Anand in November 2012
A month ago, India Water Portal tried to make sense of the numbers involved in India's flagship programme. Two-thirds of the works in progress in the current financial year (2012-13) were devoted to works linked with water - split nearly equally between water for domestic use and water for livelihoods.
chicu  posted 6 years 2 months ago
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Some strategies for managing groundwater by Aditi Mukherji, IWMI
Groundwater is essential for India's agricutural economy. However, there is a large variation in the groundwater resources of each region. Some regions are already over-exploited, while others can still tolerate more withdrawal. In her blog 'Waterscapes', Aditi Mukherji discusses the need for regional strategies to manage groundwater economy.
chicu  posted 6 years 3 months ago
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Influence of anthropogenic contamination on fluoride concentration in groundwater: A study of Mulbagal town, Kolar district, Karnataka
Groundwater contamination is a serious, but relatively ignored issue in the country. This contamination occurs in either through geogenic or anthropogenic means. Fluoride contamination is one such example of geogenic contamination that is widely found in the Kolar district of Karnataka. However, the fluoride levels in the town of Mulbagal are lower than those in the surroundings. Earlier, a study was conducted on the impact of pit toilets on the groundwater in the area. The present paper investigates the presence of any link between these two phenomena.
chicu  posted 6 years 3 months ago
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A pictorial journey across the Himalayas: 'Himalaya, Mountains of Life' by Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur showcases the landscapes and peoples of the Eastern Himalaya
A pictorial journey across the Himalayas: 'Himalaya, Mountains of Life' by Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur showcases the landscapes and peoples of the Eastern Himalaya
chicu  posted 6 years 3 months ago
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Book review: Governing international watercourses by Susanne Schmeier
This article presents a review of the book 'Governing international watercourses' by Susanne Schmeier - a book that has been called 'a stunning piece of work' by Aaron T. Wolf. The author examines the river basin organisation as a key institution for managing international watercourses. The book follows a three-part structure of developing theory, refining it, and then discussing three case studies. By emphasizing that more trans-boundary events are focused on cooperation rather than on conflict- with a far smaller percentage being violent conflict - it carries a message of hope.
chicu  posted 6 years 3 months ago
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A toilet that loves the environment: A film by the Himalaya Seva Sangh highlighting Uttarakhand's experience with eco-san toilets
The Himalayas are inhabited by 40 million people, most of whom are dependent on agriculture and animal husbandry. The prevalent water scarcity also means a lack of water for sanitation. In this case, both open defecation and conventional sewerage pose a health risk. Conventional toilets not only consume a lot of water, but the effluent also pollutes groundwater.
chicu  posted 6 years 3 months ago
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Understanding how to predict where the next landslide will happen in Sikkim - An analysis using the status report for initiating landslide studies by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
This report presents information about the status of landslides in Sikkim. It was commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology and authored by the Wadia Institute of Geology. It draws upon several archives including that of the Directorate of Geology and Mining, Government of Sikkim. The report also presents recommendations for preparing an action plan for undertaking landslide studies.
chicu  posted 6 years 3 months ago
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Just how large is MGNREGA: Making sense of the numbers
The lyrically named MGNREGA is India's flagship programme and the worlds  largest employment guarantee scheme. No doubt, other superlatives can also be added to it. But just how large is India's top flagship programme? This article tries to understand the numbers.
chicu  posted 6 years 3 months ago
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Helping us see the facts for the numbers: The Knight Center for Journalism's course on infographics and data visualisation
It has been estimated that an average individual receives information amounting to 17485-page newspapers every single day. Most people in the course of their working day need to access, collate, read, use, and present even more reams of information. With most professional arguments making use of large amounts of complex data, the chances of a person getting his or her point across relies on the effectiveness of presentation. This is a skill that can be learnt. The Knight Center for Journalism offers a free 'Massive Online Course' (MOOC) that offers to teach this skill. This article presents the experiences of one such participant and also provides links to learn more about data visualisation for interested readers.
chicu  posted 6 years 4 months ago
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Impact of pit-toilet leachate on groundwater chemistry and role of vadose zone in removal of nitrate and E. coli pollutants in Kolar District, Karnataka, India
Given the many problems associated with flush toilets and the sewerage system, pit toilets offer a viable solution in India. However, the use of soakpits raises the question of groundwater contamination. This paper assesses the impact of pit toilet leachate on groundwater quality in Mulbagal town (pop ~ 60,000) in Karnataka relies on pit toilets, and uses groundwater for drinking.
chicu  posted 6 years 4 months ago
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Conservation across landscapes: A study of the various mechanisms of biodiversity conservation in India
Chapter 1: Background Biodiversity conservation has normally followed one of two approaches-
chicu  posted 6 years 4 months ago

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