Process of obtaining green nod simplified to allow ease of doing business: Govt
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 week 5 days ago

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 Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

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 Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

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 Amita Bhaduri posted 9 months 4 weeks ago

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)
Daily rainfall data of all districts of Odisha of previous 100 years.
(not verified) posted 10 months ago

Hello sir,

I want the daily rainfall data of all districts of Odisha of previous 100 years from 1920 to 2020 for my research purpose.

Strengthening the frontline for water security
Challenges and aspirations of community champions and how programs can address them Amita Bhaduri posted 10 months ago

India has over 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats, which manage the governance of over 6,64,000 villages spread across the country.

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)
Implementing this model in Odisha
(not verified) posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Hi

How can this water model be implemented in Odisha?

Land and environmental approvals needed for faecal sludge treatment facilities
There is an urgent need for specific guidelines and rules for the selection of sites for setting up faecal sludge treatment facilities. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

Despite an enabling framework for implementation of Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) initiatives, there exists a vacuum concerning specific guidelines/rules for the selection of sites for setting up of Faecal Sludge Treatment Plants (FSTPs).

The site for the FSTP should be able to accommodate pres­ent and anticipated future requirements. (Image: SCI-FI, CPR)
Getting communities engaged in faecal sludge management
Community engagement structures, espe­cially at the slum and ward level, can take on roles with adequate capacity building and training inputs. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

Gyanchand Mishra, Councillor of Ward 3, is the President of the Ward Sanitation Committee (WSC) and is also a member of the City Sanitation Task Force (CSTF).

Community engagement structures at the slum level have ensured that the most mar­ginalized and vulnerable sections of a city, that is, the slum communities now have a voice. (Image: SCI-FI, CPR)
Strengthening institutional arrangements for faecal sludge management
Project Nirmal created sub-city level (slum and ward) engagement structures to enable meaningful participation of all house­holds, in the planning and management of sanitation service delivery. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) has close linkages with a variety of development themes such as environment, health and human rights.

An assessment at the beginning of Project Nirmal indicated the absence of institutional mechanisms for effec­tive coordination and collaboration among the various government departments across state, district and local levels (Image: SuSanA Secretariat)
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