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India's first climate change assessment report warns of heavy rains, more floods and warmers days

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Mangroves not only help India economically by protecting coastal assets during cyclones, but also help by protecting people in densely populated coastal areas.

Coastal flooding is rising in India and recent evidence shows that as high as 36 million Indians will be at the risk of chronic flooding by 2050. The Indian coastline extends over 7,500 kmts across nine states, two Union territories and two island territories — Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

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A statement that carries out a detailed and critical review of the extant EIA governance system since 1994 in the country, with a specific reference to the draft EIA 2020 notification.

The Steering Committee (SC) of the Forum for Policy Dialogues on Water Conflicts in India (Water Conflict Forum in short) has carried out a detailed and critical review of the extant Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) governance system since 1994 in the country, with specific reference to the draft EIA 2020 notification which is up for public comments. 

Consequently, the Water Conflict Forum finds that:

a) There have been systemic and institutional shortcomings in the EIA governance in the country dating to 1994 and which have continued since then.

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A global study finds that freshwater fish suffer more due to fragmentation and loss of connectivity of rivers due to building of dams.

Dams threaten freshwater biodiversity

Freshwater habitats like rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, streams, swamps and marshes account for only three percent of the world’s water and cover about 0.8 percent of the Earth’s surface, but harbour incredible diversity and are homes to more than 100, 000 species of plants and animals.

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June 20, 2020 12:00PM - June 20, 2020 1:30PM

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Women leaders of gram panchayats have ideated and executed solutions innovatively and instinctively on dealing with Covid-19 pandemic.

Radha Devi, the sarpanch of Bhadsiya, Nagaur tehsil, Rajasthan dissuaded the principal of the government school from forcing girl students to fetch water for mid-day meal preparation during school hours and sent these girls back to their classrooms. Radha is a 5th class drop-out, who now takes an active role in her panchayat to reduce dropout rates and increase the enrollment of girl students.

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THIS WEBINAR WILL COVER: 

  1. Types of freshwater habitats.
  2. Zooplankton (Cladocera, Copepoda, Rotifera, Ostracoda).
  3. Sponges and molluscans.
  4. Decapod crustaceans and large branchiopods.
  5. Aquatic insects.
  6. Overview of minor phyla.

The webinar will be conducted by speakers who have extensive experience in freshwater invertebrate research, description of new species, field work, sampling techniques and data analysis. 

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June 18, 2020 5:00PM - June 20, 2020 8:00PM

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There is need to evolve a National Water Policy that establishes a framework and pathway to sustainable, efficient and equitable management of surface and groundwater resources.

The Department of Water Resources, under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, has constituted a drafting committee on 5 November 2019 to revise the existing National Water Policy (NWP). Dr. Mihir Shah, a renowned water expert and a former member of the Planning Commission is chairing the committee. The committee has 10 principal members and it is expected that the committee produces a report within six months of its formation.

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Railway stations to be classified based on wastewater generation

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Fire breaks at an oil well in Assam damaging ecozones around the site

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