North Eastern Range

Parliamentary committee expresses disappointment over slow pace of Namami Gange
Policy matters this week Posted on 19 Dec, 2019 10:31 AM

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 Posted on 24 Sep, 2019 01:08 PM

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 Posted on 10 Oct, 2017 02:19 PM

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. Posted on 05 Jul, 2017 05:18 AM

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. Posted on 24 Sep, 2016 11:25 PM

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 Posted on 17 Jul, 2016 03:13 PM

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. Posted on 29 May, 2015 07:26 PM

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? Posted on 02 Mar, 2015 10:11 PM

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? Posted on 24 Feb, 2014 04:25 PM

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.
Posted on 21 Feb, 2014 03:18 PM