Identification of drivers of deforestation in Meghalaya
There is a need to work on the development of protocols or models, enhancement of productivity and livelihood sustainability Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Though drivers of deforestation and degradation follow a general framework and pattern, in many cases, they are region-specific.

Jhum cultivation in Nokrek biosphere reserve, Meghalaya (Image: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0)
Mining affected areas and its impact on livelihoods: Meghalaya
Urgent need for a holistic policy on mining of minerals in Meghalaya Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

Meghalaya has a predominantly agrarian economy.

There is a need for management of acid mine drainage and contaminated water in mining areas (Image: Environmental Change and Security Program/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)
Self-help is the best help
Indigenous farmers stand strong against economic slowdown Amita Bhaduri posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

The world is hit by a global pandemic, taking everyone by storm and severely impacting various regions. COVID-19 has disrupted the economy throughout the world with small farmers being particularly vulnerable as they lack base capital to tide over the lull in the economy.

Farm on wheels initiative in Mawhiang village (Image: Janak Preet Singh)
Gomti’s tributaries are in a dismal state: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 month ago

Gomti’s tributaries are in a dismal state, thanks to groundwater exploitation

Gomti river in Lucknow (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Ecosystem-based approach: The case of Meghalaya
Multilateral action needed for a green post-COVID-19 recovery. Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 4 weeks ago

Communities have been adapting to climate variability for centuries

A living root bridge, a type of simple suspension bridge formed of living plant roots by tree shaping in village Nongriat, Meghalaya (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Meghalaya villages join hands to save environment and bolster women empowerment
Villages in Meghalaya have not only successfully dealt with their water problems, but also encouraged women to get involved in the process. And the effects have been for all to see! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

Langsymphut village in Meghalaya has ample water now. Gone are the days when the water starved village was barren with its streams dying a slow death. And that too when it is located only 22 kilometres away from Mawsynram village, known to be one of the wettest places on earth!

Water collected at a mega dam in a village in Meghalaya (Image Source: KM-MBDA)
Technology to build knowledge and capacities beyond COVID
The time has come to utilize technology to build resilience of communities by training them to strive for better livelihood opportunities where they want to. Amita Bhaduri posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

The COVID-19 crisis has brought the world to a standstill. Government, civil society and volunteers are rallying to ensure that social and economic inequalities do not dictate how this crisis draws lines between the “haves” and “have-nots”. Nonetheless, the crisis seems to have deepened the existing divide.

Bringing the digital revolution to the hands of real India (Image:
Meghalaya draft water policy, Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill both get approval
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 9 months ago

Meghalaya's draft water policy gets approval

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been fighting over Cauvery water sharing for a long time (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
Why is Lukha feeling blue?
Heavily polluted and poisoned at its confluence with the Lunar river, the Lukha turns mysteriously blue as it flows downstream. The studies are on to know the cause. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 7 months ago

Meghalaya in the northeast of India is richly endowed with natural resources such as streams and rivers as well as mineral resources such as coal, limestone, clay, sillimanite, uranium, and more. The estimated coal reserve in Meghalaya is around 576.48 million tonnes while limestone reserves are around 15,100 million tonnes.

The Lukha river in Meghalaya. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
When coal goes unheard
This paper tries to understand the effect of coal mining in the northeast India and ways to control its impact on the environment Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 years 10 months ago

India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world [1].

Coal mines in Meghalaya (Source: The Hindu)