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Water owned by all and used by all
This is cross posted from my blog (link). I wanted to introduce the idea of common pool resources, on which there is a whole new body of work coming up lately. This had won Elinor Ostrom the 2009 Nobel Prize. For water sector, I believe this theory can definitely yield some new insights. And it all starts with a question "Who owns the water?'
praveena  posted 9 years 6 months ago
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Analysis of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam in the Amazon rainforest
  Photo from International Rivers  Nature Conservancy a decade ago estimated the value of earth’s ecosystem services to be at least $33trillion a year. At the time of estimation it was close to gross world product. Something about that figure wasn’t quite clear and I always wondered how they managed to come up with the number.
praveena  posted 9 years 8 months ago
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No mention of water issues in the high-level discussions in Copenhagen
Ever since the tide of COP 15 related news swelled across the media and press releases in various parts of the world, I have been wondering if climate  issues are different from that of water. Perhaps water doesn't count as a valid climatic element or may be it doesn't make the argument any stronger than what carbon emissions and global warming can do!
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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"Wayside Chapel" or "Water Closet" ? - A funny story
The special track on Sanitation today was the best part of the whole series of sessions. Insightful and sometimes funny, like this one. Here is a story about the "WC" as meant by a british woman intending to travel to india, and as understood by her probable indian host.
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Speakers and presentations of WHSC 2009 day 3 : Ashok Jaitly talks about the policy issues on water conservation
Ashok Jaitly, Water Resources Department, TERIPolicy issues in water conservationHabil Attarwala, Furaat Earth Ltd., Gujarat
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Recommendations of the Working Group meeting on technological issues related to groundwater - Day 2
Attending today's technology sessions, I couldn't help thinking about what Carl Sagan once remarked about science and technology. He noted,
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Case presentation on what works in Rain Water Harvesting ( RWH)
Observing water harvesting from many different geographies, demographies and cultural setups, we have different approaches emerging to address the situation! The following are the cases presented by the speakers from their regions of work, who have come to understand and identify what works in RWH.
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Isotope fingerprinting of Ganga Basin groundwater : A presentation by Prof P.S.Dutta of IARI
One of the most grippping and intensly scientific presentation at WHSC has been this one, by Prof. P.S. Datta of the Nuclear Research Laboratory, IARI. Groundwater can be studied in its entirety by profiling the isotopes of water.
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Decision tree based approach to water : A presentation by Durjoy Chakraborty
On technology and policy, on what works and what doesn't, on what should work and what can be scaled up... there have been numerous approaches and methodologies presented here at WHSC. That too, with a good number of case studies, substatiating the effectiveness of the chosen approach. Planning at micro and macro levels too, have been deliberated upon.
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Traditional techniques of water management - Interesting cases presented by Farhad Contractor & Rajendra Singh
Rajendra Singh of Tarun Bharat Sangh and Farhad Contractor of Sambhaav Trust, had
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Picures of WHSC Day 2
The activity levels around the posters display area, exhibition and the venue appears to be riding high today! With only half a day through... here is what we see. The photos are contributed by Tushar Gupta, volunteer with India Water Portal. 
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Recommendations of Working Group meeting - Planning and implementation issues related to Rain Water Harvesting(RWH)
The issues related to planning and implementation were largely concerned with water quality, budgeting and equity. The group deemed it necessary that the following are addressed on a greater priority: Centralized vs. decentralized rainwater harvesting Water quality aspects in rainwater harvesting system Water quality management through rainwater harvesting
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Recommendations of Working Group on technology issues
The Working Group on Technological Issues drew up its list of issues as:  Rainwater harvesting techniques for different geo-hydro thermo regions Risk management in rainwater harvesting Capacity assessment for rainwater harvesting
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Recommendations of Working Group meeting on policy issues- Water harvesting issues
Working Group Meetings formed by a panel of experts in the respective field, formed a significant aspect of WHSC Conference. The conference is geared towards effecting a change in the way water resources are governed and managed. Towards this, the working group meeting's recommendations were valuable, and awaited.  
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Storm water management and artificial recharge - A talk by Dr.S.K.Jain
All these decades from early twentieth century, storm water and artificial recharge of aquifers have seldom been an area of consideration for planners and policy makers. The country appeared to be oblivious to the fact that these too are integral part of the resources that we need to take care of before it starts hitting back at us in our daily lives!
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Case presentation by Bharat Sharma on water crisis and nationwide water harvesting initiative
Bharat Sharma (Photo:Praveena Sridhar)
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Pictures of the WHSC 2009
 Inaugural Session of the conference 
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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India threatened by flood-drought syndrome, says Mr M.Gopalakrishnan
  M.Gopalakrishnan speaking on Policy Issues (Photo: Praveena Sridhar)
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago
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Choice to be made between large scale water projects and decentralized water collection systems,says Ramaswamy Iyer
Sometome back, in one of the interviews discussing large dams (with ADB) Ramaswamy Iyer said,
praveena  posted 9 years 10 months ago

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