How effective is Malki practice for conserving Gujarat’s Dang forests?
Green cover density in 74% area of Dang forests increased during 2001–18 Posted on 11 Jul, 2022 06:44 PM

Considering the global trend of alarming deforestation, it is very important to study various forest management strategies to understand their effectiveness and limitations. It is important to conserve the forests, but the economic sustainability of the people directly linked with the forests cannot be ignored.

(Image: Jenis Patel, Wikimedia)
Slum land rights: A necessity for success of PMAY
PMAY needs policy commitment to rehabilitate slums in small and medium cities of Gujarat Posted on 07 Jul, 2022 01:37 PM

Informal housing caters to over one-third of the population in our cities, who cannot afford formal housing. Cities are known as engines of economy and this economy consists of over 90 per cent informal sector workers. However, housing requirements for these people have never got utmost priority by governments, post-independence.

Need for legal framework for land rights in small and medium cities of Gujarat under PMAY (Image: Homes in the City)
Tribals await effective implementation of policies
Water access in tribal areas of Gujarat: Status and recommendations Posted on 21 Mar, 2022 04:49 PM

Gujarat is home to 604 lakh people of whom 89 lakh or 15% are Scheduled Tribes (Census of India, 2011). These tribal communities mainly reside in the eastern districts of the state bordering the tribal districts in southern Rajasthan, western Madhya Pradesh, and northern Maharashtra.

Participants discussing about PIM and Pani Samiti (Water Associations)  with local community leaders on a field visit to Pingot Dam (Image: AKRSP)
Making every drop count: Micro-irrigation for tribal farmers of Gujarat
Subsidies enable tribal farmers to adopt micro-irrigation systems providing them assured irrigation Posted on 11 Mar, 2022 03:41 PM

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently released the second part of the Sixth Assessment Report – ‘Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability’.

A key mitigation strategy to deal with water scarcity due to climate change is on-farm management of water using techniques like micro-irrigation (Image: India Water Portal Flickr)
Budgetary trends for drinking water in Gujarat: Special focus on tribal communities
Gujarat aims to achieve 100 per cent saturation in tap water connection for every household by October 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission Posted on 28 Feb, 2022 01:31 PM

There is a myriad of government schemes and programmes working towards improving water access across the country. Tracking all these initiatives can be cumbersome. The priority that the centre and the states accord to various sectors through the budgetary allocations gives an idea about where the government’s priorities really lie.

The SCALE project implemented in villages in semi arid regions enabled ultra-poor groups in project villages improve their access to drinking water (Image: European Union, Flickr Commons)
India now has 49 Ramsar sites, highest in South Asia
News this fortnight Posted on 16 Feb, 2022 08:03 AM

Ramsar has designated two more wetlands in India, bringing the total to 49

A wetland supports life in myriad forms (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Revival of a tribal practice for water resource development
Collective action for water resource development through Halma Posted on 15 Feb, 2022 09:00 AM

There are over 705 ethnic groups, which are recognized as Scheduled Tribes in India (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, 2020). These groups have their own unique Gods, beliefs, rituals, practices, and social systems.

The tightly knit tribal society also advocates community action for solving issues (Image: AKRSP)
Sustainable solutions for urban areas
Interactive toolkit for urban ecosystem management Posted on 11 Nov, 2021 07:37 PM

Over the last five decades, rapid increase in urbanisation has led to the deterioration of ecosystem health.

Climate change and severe weather conditions are overwhelming most towns and cities (Image: Parminder Jassal, pxhere)
Lift irrigation cooperatives provide irrigation to tribal drylands
Existing government schemes and programmes offer good potential for scale-up these cooperatives in various states Posted on 06 Sep, 2021 03:59 PM

The earliest known civilizations settled around rivers as they provided access to the water needed for cultivating crops. Over time, humans learnt to control the flow of water by the construction of barriers across the direction of the river flow.

Simalaghasi check dam across Panam river, Dahod constructed by NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation (Image: NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation)
Social solidarity model in COVID-19 times
Kitchen gardening to ensure nutrition security for vulnerable families Posted on 03 Jun, 2021 07:28 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the entire globe and unfolded the most challenging health risks and economic burdens on communities, women, men and children, who were already on the margins.

Kitchen garden project helps people in pandemic times (Image: Utthan)