Jagatsinghpur District

Mangrove plantations in coastal Odisha are not just protecting people from storms and cyclones, but also opening up new livelihood possibilities.

Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur are among the most vulnerable districts affected by cyclones and climate change in coastal Odisha. In the last few decades, the coasts of Odisha have witnessed three major devastating storms. The Super Cyclone, Cyclone Phailin and the Cyclone HudHud all severely disrupted the livelihoods of communities in the region.

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Rice-fish systems allow for the production of fish and other aquatic animals as well as rice from the same rice field area, and generally without causing reductions in rice yields.

Coastal regions of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha have been hit by cyclonic storms for more than two decades. These have severely affected the livelihood of the communities living in the region. Ashok Das of Junapangara village is one such farmer who had suffered massive agricultural losses. He owned around two acres of land, including homestead land, with a pond. With a wife, two daughters and a son to support, he gave up agriculture in 2011 and took up the job of a labourer.

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8 million tonnes of plastic waste dumped into world's oceans in 2010: Study

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Policy matters this week: NGT seeks to examine 956 units for causing pollution in Ganga; POSCO allowed to draw water from Mahanadi and Hansua rivers; SC favours TN in Mullaperiyar dam case.

956 units in UP gets notice for polluting Ganga

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has issued notice to 956 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) that were discharging effluents directly into the Ganga river. The National Green Tribunal has demanded an examination of all these 956 units and has ordered the authorities to submit a report of the same along with photographs by May 21. 

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News this week: GSI recommends channeling Mandakini river to its original course; Sohra experiences one of the driest year; HC orders close down of 12 units in Mundra SEZ, Gujarat.

GSI report suggests channeling Mandakini river

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HC directs shutting operations in Mundra Port and SEZ

The Gujarat High Court has directed 12 industrial units in the Mundra Port and SEZ in Kutch district to stop operations unless the industrial complex gets environmental clearance.

Tribal Ministry dilutes laws to clear Thoubal multi-purpose project

MoEF revalidates POSCO's clearance

Environment ministry revalidates environmental clearance of POSCO's steel project in Odisha, though a major hurdle of National Green Tribunal's decision on the project, lies ahead.

Finally Vedanta gets defeated

News this week: Commission finds that big corporates mined Rs. 45000 Cr worth iron ore, Delhi residents protest waste incinerator and POSCO's clearance to be revalidated.

Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in Odisha

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News this week: Bihar villagers oppose asbestos plant, J&K government restricts civilian movement near Kishanganga dam site and dams for Mumbai result in tribal displacement.

10,000 Bihar villagers file petition against asbestos plant

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