Orissa

Young woman's work is impacting Odisha villages
Urmila, a young woman's earnestness has brought a major shift in the mindset of a remote village in Odisha. She is bringing about a change in the way communities approach their shared natural resources, one village at a time. Posted on 28 Oct, 2022 09:06 AM

The sound of a specific cycle bell deep inside the jungles of Kashinathpur village in Angul (Odisha) brings vibes of joy. Everybody recognises that bell because it belongs to 24-year-old Urmila Bahera who sometimes cycles to villages as far as 15 kilometres, braving bumpy roads, streams and elephants.

Urmila engaging children on local bird diversity (Image: FES)
Odisha’s untapped renewable energy potential
iFOREST proposed a target of ‘30 GW Renewable Energy by 2030’ for Odisha Posted on 17 Sep, 2022 03:44 PM

The International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST) organized a major conference last month in Bhubaneshwar to start a dialogue on Odisha’s new Renewable Energy (RE) policy for 2022-30. Odisha’s present RE Policy was introduced in 2016, and is set to lapse at the end of 2022.

Experts stressed on the need to remove barriers related to land, procedure, institutional capacity and finance, to attract investments in the sector (Image: Aiseinau, Wikimedia Commons)
Hidden treasure: Adivasi’s traditional food diversity
Odisha Millets Mission is trying to bring back the glory of millets in tribal areas Posted on 19 Jun, 2022 01:15 PM

Often overlooked in food security policies, indigenous uncultivated wild food and traditional crops is a major source of dietary diversity for tribal communities since millennia.

A range of millet recipes and ready to cook items are sold by Millets on Wheels in Jashipur block in Mayurbhanj district. This initiative is supported by Odisha Millets Mission (Image: Odisha Millets Mission)
Menstrual hygiene management: Looking beyond WASH
A study from rural Odisha found that exclusive focus on provision of facilities such as household latrines or bathing areas with access to piped water did not help much in improving menstrual hygiene practices until the sociocultural barriers experienced by women were also addressed. Posted on 19 Apr, 2022 11:47 AM

Managing menstruation, with dignity

More than 300 million girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating everyday. Managing menstruation hygienically and with dignity is crucial for health and well being of women.

Women in Deogarh, Odisha (Image Source: Ekta Parishad via Wikimedia Commons)
Eastern India highly vulnerable to climate change, says study
Study analyses the historical climate and projects, the temperature and rainfall of the four eastern states Posted on 23 Mar, 2022 10:46 AM

Climate data gathering at the district level is essential for risk planning, developing coping strategies, and adaptation, especially considering that the impacts of climate variability, climate change, and extreme events are visible globally and in India.

Climate projections for the eastern states at the district level for the period 2021–2050 (the 2030s) indicate a warmer and wetter future (Image: Save the Children)
Women at the frontline of climate change adaptation
Women make strides in mainstreaming climate adaptation approaches on the ground Posted on 19 Mar, 2022 04:23 PM

Kalyani Dash, Soudamini Rout, and Gita Rani Satpathy are three women from Odisha w

Kalyani Dash works with 150 households in the village directly and trains them on chemical-free farming techniques, water secure crop production, efficient water use in agriculture for a sustainable farming future as well as kitchen and nutrition gardening. (Image: FES)
Process of obtaining green nod simplified to allow ease of doing business: Govt
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 05 Jan, 2022 01:04 PM

Environment Ministry reports reduction in environmental clearance time from 150 to 90 days

Ease of doing business at the cost of environment (Source: IWP Flickr Photos) Photo for representation only.
Community videos: By the community, for the community
Community videos as a tool to influence behaviour change and adoption in rural communities Posted on 01 Oct, 2021 07:55 AM

The Paudi Bhuyan tribe in Odisha are one of the most primitive and vulnerable communities in the count

Community videos are produced by farmers themselves and feature local participants and agents from the rural communities themselves (Image: Digital Green)
The lessons learnt from Cyclone Yaas
Tropical cyclones are expected to increase in intensity with climate change Posted on 31 May, 2021 11:03 PM

On May 26, Cyclone Yaas from the Bay of Bengal hit the coast in Bhadrak district near the Bahanaga block north of Dhamra port

Cyclone Yaas slammed into the north Odisha coast near Balasore on May 26, 2021 (Image: NASA Earth Observatory)
Decentralized water resources management
Role of village communities and rural local governments Posted on 18 Mar, 2021 10:30 AM

Decentralization is the transfer of powers and responsibilities from the central government to the elected authorities at the subnational level.

A woman fetching water from the third tap in the house premises. (Image: Ajaya Kumar Behera)
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