Kerala

Intensive cleaning drive carried out by volunteers in Sabarimala goes in vain - Roundup of the week's news ( November 26 –December 2, 2012)
The news this week includes report son the intensive cleaning drive of the river Pampa undertaken in Kerala, efforts at waste segregation undertaken in Karnataka, Governmental efforts at restricting mining in Goa, Wildlife conservation initiatives undertaken by the government and the controversial decision of the government to make genetic material of crops available to private seed companies sabitakaushal posted 8 years 6 months ago

Intensive cleaning drive carried out by volunteers in Sabarimala goes in vain

Illegal advertisement boards pose a threat to the Kottooli wetlands in Calicut, Kerala
Vinodkumar Damodar informs of the Kottooli wetlands in Calicut, Kerala, protected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which are under threat (not verified) posted 8 years 6 months ago

The Kottooli wetlands is the largest eco-patch in the Kozhikode city limits. It is interlinked with the man-made Canoly Canal which receives tidal influx from the Kallai and Korapuzha estuaries.  The wetland system has been subjected to degradation and loss of biodiversity owing to reclamation, pollution and human intervention, the CWRDM action plan highlights.

Small hydro power policy of Kerala- A document by power department, Government of Kerala (2012)
Kerala's hydropower policy aims at promotion of small hydropower projects in the state Sumathi Sivam posted 8 years 7 months ago

Kerala’s small hydro power policy document by Department of Power, Government of Kerala is directe

The traditional fisherfolk of Kerala - Part II - An article describing the economy of fishing and the role of women in the activity of fishing
Kerala fisherfolk are known to be highly skilled, but live in dire poverty. This article describes the economy of fishing and the role of women in fishing activities Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 years 8 months ago

The economy of fishing among the traditional fisherfolk of Kerala is based on three operations such as harvesting or catching of the fish, the processing of fish and the marketing of fish.

Fisherfolk of Kerala (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Kerala and Karnataka's lesser known rainwater harvesting structures
Madakas are being replaced more and more by borewells. Efforts need to be made to restore these structures, create awareness, and preserve local knowledge. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 years 8 months ago

Madakas are one of the fast disappearing traditional rainwater harvesting structures found in the laterite belts of Karnataka and Kerala. They are naturally occuring depressions with high terrain on the three sides where water from the surrounding laterite slopes, mainly runoff from the rains, is accumulated.

Madakas: Water harvesting structures in Kerala and Karnataka
India disaster report- A document by National Institute of Disaster Management (2011)
This report is a compilation of both, natural and human induced disasters that took place in the year 2011 Sumathi Sivam posted 8 years 8 months ago

Published by the National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs and being the first of its kind, the reports hopes to stimulate better collection of data and research that can identify gaps in the management of disasters and be helpful to deal with them in the future.

Surangas, the disappearing lifeline of the farmers of Kasargod, Kerala
In this article, Aarti Kelkar-Khambete narrates her experience of her visit to Kasargod, Kerala to meet Sree Padreji and to see the fast disappearing Surangas Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 years 8 months ago

Surangas continue to be one of the relatively less known and gradually disappearing traditional water harvesting systems of Kasargod district, Kerala and are being gradually replaced by borewells to meet the water needs of the community. 

Aquifer systems of India - Atlas compiled by the Central Ground Water Board (2012)
This atlas provides a country wide overview and summary of the most important information available for all principal and major aquifer systems and depicts aquifer wise ground water scenario Amita Bhaduri posted 8 years 8 months ago

The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) under the Ministry of Water Resources has released a publication entitled “Aquifer systems of India” apart from aquifer atlas for six states viz. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

The Bagtree - A zero waste campaign against use of plastic organised by Thanal and Zero Waste Centre in Trivandrum, Kerala - 25th September 2012
This article by Aarti Kelkar - Khambete describes the details of the zero waste campaign organised by Thanal, an NGO in Trivandrum city, Kerala Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 years 8 months ago

Thanal, an NGO in Trivandrum city, Kerala that continues to work on a range of environmental issues in the state had organised 'Bag Tree', a zero waste campaign in collaboration with the Zero Waste Centre in Kovalam, Trivandrum with the aim of creating awareness among the people to stop using plastic bags and replace them by paper bags.

Floods completely cut off North Sikkim, as death toll mounts in the North East - News roundup for the week ending September 23, 2012
The roundup this week includes news on floods in North Sikkim, swine flu in Bhopal and sewerage system upgradation in Trivandrum, Kerala IWP2 posted 8 years 8 months ago

Floods completely cut off North Sikkim, as death toll mounts in the North East