Evaluating water use reduction strategies in Marathwada
Tracking the outcome of select water conservation structures with the community in Aurangabad Posted on 18 Jul, 2022 05:07 PM

Marathwada, comprising eight districts in Maharashtra, often makes the headlines due to recurring drought. Irregular rains and shifts to cash crops have made the water situation precarious in the region.

Farmers are assured of regular irrigation water, hence they have started cultivating ginger (Image: Sehgal Foundation)
A community-led landslide prediction system in India
In a first-of-its-kind disaster prevention initiative, a meteorology-based landslide prediction system was developed as a crowdsourced science effort. Posted on 14 Jun, 2022 08:53 AM

Community scientists, with the assistance of professional researchers, have developed a meteorology-based landslide prediction system for India’s Western Ghats mountain range, according to a paper published earlier this year.

Climate change is intensifying the need for a landslide prediction system based on meteorology. (Image: Western Ghats, Kerala; Source: Shagil Kannur, Wikimedia Commons)
Waghadi Bachao: A call for collective rejuvenation of the river
Working together towards restoring the river’s catchment and drainage lines Posted on 29 Jan, 2022 10:56 AM

Maharastra’s Yavatmal district in the Vidarbha region is home to several tribal communities. Largely rainfed, monocrops like cotton, soybean, wheat, and turmeric, among others, are grown in a majority of the region. However, reduced rainfall, water shortage and soil infertility plague the region, causing crop failures and resulting in severe agrarian distress. 

River flow improved at Jarur since soil and moisture conservation measures along the catchment area were prioritised (Image: FES)
From 58 percent in 2004, groundwater extraction rises to 63 percent in 2017: CAG
News this fortnight Posted on 05 Jan, 2022 03:34 PM

Groundwater extraction increased from 58 percent in 2004 to 63 percent in 2017: CAG

Country's groundwater scenario is in a grim state (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Revival of Dohas in tribal Madhya Pradesh
Nala widening and deepening to increase water storage and recharge capacity of the stream Posted on 08 Sep, 2021 09:33 AM

The most important precondition to make farming profitable for small and marginal tribal farmers residing in undulating terrains

Dohas constructed in a stream in Dindori district. (Image: Action for Social Advancement)
Floods and recurring natural disasters in India
Better regulation of environmentally sensitive areas is needed to avert disasters. Posted on 04 Aug, 2021 09:59 AM

After two weeks of extremely hot and long dry weather, the monsoon winds brought heavy rains to the hilly northern states of India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand) and the south-west coastal states (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, and Kerala).

Floods in Uttarkashi (Image: Oxfam International; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Demystifying groundwater for collective action
Experiences from participatory groundwater management efforts in Maharashtra Posted on 29 Jul, 2021 03:06 PM

India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. Agriculture, rural and urban domestic water supply and increasingly industries are shaping the dependency on groundwater.

Unless work on managing the demand is undertaken, the notion of ‘infinite’ groundwater will be hard to address. (Image: Rucha Deshmukh, ACWADAM)
Yavatmal’s water security crisis
Improper location, poor operation and maintenance of water harvesting and recharge structures threaten water security in Yavatmal Posted on 23 Jul, 2021 02:38 PM

Water security in  Yavatmal district could be at risk if steps are not taken to revive and renovate water harvesting and recharge structures according to a study by Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC).

A study assesses the current status of the water harvesting and recharge structures in Yavatmal (Image: India Water Portal Flickr)
Climate change likely to affect agricultural productivity in Maharashtra
Climate analysis predicts mismatch in rainfall and temperature patterns with crop phenology: Soybean, Cotton, Wheat and Gram crops at risk, finds Institute for Sustainable Communities study across three major regions of Maharashtra. Posted on 30 Jun, 2021 09:28 AM

Maharashtra faces an increasing risk from climate change which is likely to impact the production of four major crops - Soybean, Cotton, Wheat and Gram, grown in the State according to a study by the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Maharashtra faces an increasing risk from climate change which is likely to impact the production of four major crops - Soybean, Cotton, Wheat and Gram.  (Image: BAIF Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
What is the price of water in the city of Mumbai?
Poor water governance has cut off several residents from Mumbai's water system, making equal access to all a distant dream. Posted on 08 Jun, 2021 01:30 PM

Thousands of Mumbai’s citizens are disconnected from the city’s water supply network. This photo essay reports on the impact of the poor governance of this essential resource on informal urban settlements.

Water a rare resource in the informal settlements in Mumbai (Image Source: Suraj Katra)