The Naga Pride
The film, The Naga Pride tells the story of the transformation of a Naga tribe from being Amur falcon hunters to protectors. Posted on 17 Dec, 2018 08:42 PM

Amur falcons are among the strongest fliers in the avian world. Since the last 25 years, they have been migrating to the Northeast especially Nagaland from Siberia en route to their final destination—Somalia, Kenya and South Africa. 

Amur Falcons (Screenshot of the film The Naga Pride, Source: Sumanth Kuduvalli)
WWF study reveals grim picture of wildlife
News this week Posted on 08 Nov, 2018 03:06 PM

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in the past four decades: WWF

Indian wild deer (Source: Tjdeena via Wikipedia Commons)
Old is gold for Naga rice farmers
Faced with climate change, Nagaland begins to revive traditional rice, as well as millet varieties, which had given way to high yielding crop varieties. Posted on 14 Dec, 2017 10:56 AM

Rising temperature, erratic rainfall and occurrence of moderate drought are beginning to impact food production in Nagaland. In order to meet the challenge of climate change, the state is now turning to its forgotten resource--traditional food crops which can withstand higher temperatures and water-stressed conditions.

Paddy farm. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
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 Posted on 01 Jul, 2016 12:21 PM

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

Coal mines in Meghalaya (Source: The Hindu)
Be careful while bathing if you're in these six districts of UP!
News this week Posted on 24 Nov, 2015 11:30 AM

UP's rivers and groundwater are loaded with harmful effluents: CPCB

View of the Yamuna in UP (Source: IWP Flickr Photo)
Sustainable practices in slash-and-burn lands in Nagaland
Jhum or shifting cultivation has been criticised regarding its ecological and economic impacts. UNDP takes on the challenge by introducing integrated farm development practices. Posted on 01 Nov, 2015 11:02 AM

A thick smog and haze eclipse the sun all through the day when jhum areas are burnt. Jhum, known as shifting cultivation a practice practice inv

Shifting cultivation lands (Source: Prashant N S, 2006, Wikimedia)
Nationwide Drinking Water & Sanitation Awareness week
News this week Posted on 18 Mar, 2015 07:34 AM

Centre launches National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week

Quenching thirst even without good quality water
A beautiful, equitable water management system
Khonoma village, which fought the British four times, is today also known for how it protects its ecological heritage. Watch how its indigenous water management system works. Posted on 30 Nov, 2014 08:18 PM

Khonoma village resisted British rule in the region from 1830s to 1880 and is therefore considered as the last bastion of Naga warriors against the British. But today, the village is also known for upholding its rich indigenous erudition.

Women in Khonoma tying beads to make necklaces
Sparkle in the mountains: The indigenous 'Hydroger'
Villages of Nagaland that aren't connected to the electricity grid have been given hope by a new source of power. Posted on 04 Sep, 2014 10:50 PM

It is a labour of love. For 10 years, the team at Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPeD) held this experiment close to their hearts- a daunting task that is lighting up lives in far-off villages in the mountains of Nagaland today. The hydroger has made way for many to diversify their income through new activities and reduced women’s day-to-day drudgery.

Hydroger machine at Logwesunyu village, Nagaland
Zabo: The art of impounding water
Kikruma in Nagaland has its own system of water harvesting. Watch a farmer explain this unique method called Zabo, which helps manage water while nurturing the soil and optimizing agriculture. Posted on 06 Aug, 2014 01:37 PM

Located at an altitude of 1270 metres , Kikruma, a quaint village nestled in a rainshadowed area of Phek district of Nagaland is a wonder. Centuries ago, the village evolved a self-organizing system to take care of its water, forest and farm management. ‘Zabo’, which means 'impounding water', is an ingenious method of catching rainwater from running off the mountains.

Ponds as reservoirs for paddy fields located below