North Eastern Range

Parliamentary committee expresses disappointment over slow pace of Namami Gange
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 10 months ago

Panel expresses displeasure over slow pace of Namami Gange

The Ganga at Varanasi (Source: India Water Portal Flickr Photos)
Manual scavenging is inhumane: SC
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 1 month ago

Supreme Court question authorities on why manual scavenging still prevails

Despite the ban, manual scavenging continues. (Image courtesy: The Hindu)
Panel to manage northeastern waters formed
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 4 years ago

Committee formed for the management of water resources in the Northeast

A water body in Assam (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Why is Shillong sweating?
The temperature in India’s biodiversity hotspot is on the rise which will have widespread implications in the future. arathi posted 4 years 3 months ago

Sitting in the glass-and-concrete State Convention Centre in the capital of the hilly state of Meghalaya, participants of a media workshop on climate change are feeling sweaty. The convention centre is not air conditioned nor does it have ceiling fans.

Shillong (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Of broken pots and dreams
With much of Salmora lost to the insatiable Brahmaputra river, the potters of Majuli stand at a crossroad, uncertain how long they can continue their unique craft. Usha Dewani posted 5 years 1 month ago

Women in Salmora area of Majuli, the world’s largest riverine island and India’s first island district, practise their traditional form of pottery--the one that does not use a wheel but is hand beaten to shape and uses a viscid kind of clay. As the Brahmaputra eats away huge swathes of land year after year, the clay that these potters use is being taken away by the river. 

Maharashtra wetlands: Govt withdraws plea against construction ban
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 5 years 3 months ago

Maharashtra government withdraws plea against ban on construction on wetlands  

India's wetlands under threat (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
First Sikkim, now Meghalaya springs hope!
6000 villages in Meghalaya depend on springs and spring-fed rivers for household water needs. Their drying up threatens water security and future growth. Now, there is some hope. Usha Dewani posted 6 years 4 months ago

Meghalaya boasts one of the rainiest places on the planet at Cherrapunjee, receiving over 11,000 mm of annual rainfall. Yet, despite all the rain, water availability remains a problem for many rural and urban communities across the State. Natural springs that have provided drinking water for generations are in crisis.

Green but water-scarce
Water, science and us
The science behind groundwater isn't well understood but how can this be changed so that people manage their water better? Manu Moudgil posted 6 years 7 months ago

Groundwater isn't understood very well, especially in hilly areas where springs seem to appear and vanish of their own accord. However, as science tells us, there's no effect without a cause, and understanding the reason why water flows where it does can ensure optimal use of this natural resource to support life and livelihood. 

Testing is one of the components of workshop.
Big dams create big conflict
Hydropower development is creating various types of conflict in Northeast India. How can we contain the unrest due to this spate of dam construction? chicu posted 7 years 8 months ago

Northeast India has been in turmoil over the last two decades or so because of unbridled hydropower development in the region. This article is an effort to understand the extent of hydropower development in the region, the multi-faceted and multi layered conflicts unleashed by this development and also explore ways of engaging with them. It is organised around three broad sections:

Maneri Bhali dam- Source:Peoples Science Institute
Invitation to the 'Conference on Climate Change Adaptation: Priorities for Research, Policy and Practices in North East India', ICIMOD, Guwahati, Assam
The conference aims to boost engagements in climate change adaptation discourse and policy processes in the Brahmaputra Basin in North East India. Swati Bansal posted 7 years 8 months ago