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Water quality assessment of the sacred Himalayan rivers of Uttarakhand - A study using biological assessment methods
The present study published in Current Science deals with water quality assessment of rivers in Uttarakhand using biomonitoring assess
chicu  posted 6 years 9 months ago
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Thirst in the land of Malhaar - Aamir Khan focuses on water in the 12th episode of Satyamev Jayate
Satyamev Jayate  is a serial produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao and aired  on StarPlus. Each of its 13 episodes take a hard look at one of the various problems facing India today.
chicu  posted 6 years 9 months ago
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Water and a City: A film by Swati Dandekar that narrates the story of water in Bangalore
Directed and produced by Swati Dandekar, 'Water and a City' traces the journey of water through Bangalore using a succession of haunting im
chicu  posted 6 years 9 months ago
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National seminar on decentralized governance in water and sanitation in rural India at LBSNAA, Mussoorie: Video recordings of selected presentations
The National Institute of Adminstrative Research (NIAR) organised a two-day conference on 'Decentralized governance in water and sanitation in rural India' at  LBSNAA, Musoorie, in June 2012.
chicu  posted 6 years 10 months ago
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Has the revised draft of the National Water Policy 2012, released by the Ministry of Water Resources in June 2012 incorporated the public's feedback ?
On 31st January 2012, the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) had released the draft of the National Water Policy 2012 and invited comments till 29 February. Following the meeting of the National Water Board on 7th June 2012, the MoWR has now put up a revised draft on their website.
chicu  posted 6 years 10 months ago
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"Clean toilets are essential for a clean mind": The story behind the Appa Patwardhan Safai Wa Paryawaran Tantraniketan, Maharashtra
Dr. Mapuskar has been working in the field of rural sanitation for the last 50 years. He implemented the principles of appropriate technology and community ownership at a time when these were not part of the national consciousness. Today he continues to be active in the field, advocating the use of decentralised, low cost sanitation options.
chicu  posted 6 years 10 months ago
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Report of the national seminar on decentralized governance in water and sanitation in rural India at LBSNAA: Key stakholders, their responsibilities and the challenges facing the sector
NIAR organised a two-day conference on 'Decentralized governance in water and sanitation in rural India' at  LBSNAA, Mussoorie, in June 2012. This seminar aimed to provide a platform for the effective sharing of experiences of PRI-implemented WATSAN service delivery programmes  and so understand the various factors affecting the effective decentralisation of water and sanitation. The discussions during the latter two themes are presented below.
chicu  posted 6 years 10 months ago
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Report of the national seminar on decentralized governance in water and sanitation in rural India organised by NIAR: Status and means of strengthening decentralized governance systems in India
This seminar aimed to provide a platform for the effective sharing of experiences of PRI-implemented WATSAN service delivery programmes  and so understand the various factors affecting the effective decentralisation of water and sanitation. 
chicu  posted 6 years 10 months ago
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Report of the 4th national conference of the Forum of forest people and forest workers (NFFPFW): Dehradun, 26-28 May 2012
Around 500 delegates from around 19 states and three neighboring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal participated in the 4th National Conference on the Forum of forest people and forest workers organised in Dehradun on 26-28 May 2012. More than 80% delegates were from the forest communities. A summary report of this conference is presented in this article.
chicu  posted 6 years 10 months ago
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"Citizens need to engage in critiquing environment impact assessments": Report of a workshop on environmental flows, organised by Himmothhan and International Rivers at Dehradun
What do we see our rivers as? Are they merely conduits for water that is to be used to its fullest extent? Or are they valued and revered ecosystems? The Himmotthan Society, Dehradun and International Rivers, U.S.A., hosted a discussion a workshop on ‘Environmental Flows’ at Hotel Madhuban, Dehradun on 08 June 2012 that sought to clarify the issues around these questions. A Primer on the What, Why and How of environmental flows, authored by Dr. Latha Anantha (River Research Centre, Kerala) and Parineeta Dandekar (South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, SANDRP) and published by International Rivers, was shared with the participants.  The presentations made during this workshop are presented in this article. The legendary Jog falls are a shadow of their former self after damming (Courtesy: Dr.Latha Anantha)
chicu  posted 6 years 11 months ago
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Assessment of the environmental flows requirements for the Upper Ganga basin: A report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (India)
The Ganga is the most sacred river in the sub-continent, and revered by millions.It is also among the top ten rivers at risk. The key threat to the river is indiscriminate abstraction of water from the river, leavng it unable to maintain its ecological integrity or to satisfy the needs of riparian communities.
chicu  posted 6 years 11 months ago
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"Burning mountains": A first-hand account of the forest fires in summer in Uttarakhand
Forest fires occur with distressing regularity in the Himalayan states in the summer. This article presents some information of the scale of forest fires in Uttarakhand, and a first-hand account of their  impacts.
chicu  posted 6 years 11 months ago
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Background information for the Twelfth Year Plan: Reports of the Planning Commission working groups
The Twelfth Five Year Plan of the Government of India commences during the year 2012-13. This plan has been developed following the recommendations of a number of Working Groups covering 26 different areas.
chicu  posted 6 years 11 months ago
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Amateur weather monitoring in Kausani, Almora, Uttarakhand: A summary of David Hopkins' observations over the last two decades
Today, this amateur weather station has an unbroken and reliable record of temperature and rainfall data for the area. Considering the difficulties involved in a sustained effort of this nature, this is a remarkable achievement.
chicu  posted 7 years 2 days ago
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Water quality of the Bhagirathi, Ganga in the Himalayan region: A study by NEERI
The Bhagirathi in its upper reaches, here seen near Dharali (Photo: Chicu Lokgariwar)
chicu  posted 7 years 5 days ago
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Fluorosis mitigation in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh: Experiences of monitoring fluoride levels in drinking water and human urine, and implementing mitigation measures
Background: 62 million people in India, including 6 million children suffer from fluorosis. The root cause of this is excessive fluoride (>1.5mg/l) in groundwater, as is found in 20 states across India. Objectives:
chicu  posted 7 years 3 weeks ago
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Interlinking of rivers project: A disquieting judgement - Ramaswamy Iyer's perspective in the EPW on the recent Supreme Court decision
  1. IntroductionTwo writ petitions were filed in 2002 on the subject of interlinking. The judgement finally passed in 2012 directs the implementation of this project. This judgement is disturbing for the following reasons:
chicu  posted 7 years 1 month ago
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Reviving dying springs: A paper documenting the Sikkim experience of groundwater recharge using geo-hydrology
Introduction The paper begins with a description of Sikkim. The sources of water in the Himalayas and the geology of the area are also described. Literature review of spring related studies
chicu  posted 7 years 1 month ago

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