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  • MoU signed for groundwater management through community intervention The Central Groundwater Board (CGWB), Department of Water Resources, Western Sydney University, Australia and others have signed an MoU for the project MARVI (Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Villag...
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  • Manual scavenging still prevails in India thanks to weak laws, says study According to a recent study titled, 'Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers An Initial Assessment', manual scavenging, despite being banned through a legislation in 2013, continues in India due to weak legal pr...
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  • Cyclone Bulbul causes devastation in West Bengal and Odisha Hitting the coast of India and Bangladesh on November 9th, the deadly Cyclone Bulbul has claimed twenty lives, displaced two million people and destroyed houses in West Bengal and Bangladesh. The storm brought torrential rains and strong w...
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  • The fields are silvery white with raw salt crusts in the vicinity of Nawa, a small town on the northwestern banks of Sambhar lake, India’s largest inland lake. Nawa lies about 90 kilometres east of Jaipur. Also an extensive saline wetland and a Ramsar site, the blinding white salt flats ...
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  • Over a span of five decades, eight mammal species have become locally extinct in Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, a study has revealed.  Many species of wild animals including tiger, leopard, blackbuck, smooth-coated otter, leopard cat, Indian fox and Hanuman langur have become locally ext...
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  • Normal monsoon expected this year: IMD Sending a positive signal to the farm sector, the national weather forecaster has predicted a normal monsoon for this year with the seasonal monsoon rainfall likely to be 96 percent of the long period average (LPA). Also, even the rainfall distributi...
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  • February 2 is observed as the World Wetlands Day. The day marks the date of adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. This year, the theme of the World Wetlands Day is Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction. It aims to raise awareness and highlight the vital roles o...
    swatiposted 2 years 10 months agoread more
  • Good news for Sambhar Salt Lake The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Rajasthan government to cancel the allotments of salt pans in Sambhar salt lake that fall within the wetland. Along with this, the state wetland authority has also been directed to review the allotments made so far and subm...
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  • The city of Udaipur is all about its lakes. If Pichola gets the maximum tourist footfall, the scenic beauty of Fateh Sagar invites solitude lovers. The Udai Sagar lake in the east, which remained the first line of defence for the city, now meets the industrial need for water.  The city and its...
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  • Huddled in the Aravali range in the southern part of Rajasthan about 26 km from Udaipur, is the largest reserve of phosphate in India. Also known as the Jhamarkotra mines, it is the only commercially exploitable rock phosphate deposit in the country. Phosphate is crucial for the sustenance of f...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 4 years 5 months agoread more
  • Environmentalists wary of Modi's green agenda Environmentalists have raised concerns about the new BJP government and have said that they should learn from the previous government's failures. There are concerns about Narendra Modi's vocal support for river interlinking and hydropower dams...
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  •  After Phailin, Helen devastates Andhra coast Two back to back cyclones have destroyed the standing crop in Andhra Pradesh. Cyclone Helen, which hit the Machilipatnam coast in Krishna district on November 18, killed seven people and destroyed paddy worth Rs 5000 crore. As per initial estim...
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  • UNICEF's digital media campaign against open defecationUNICEF launches a three-month long campaign 'Take Poo to the Loo' to raise awareness against defecation in open among the youth.Govt addresses Andhra's river water sharing issuesTo avoid conflicts between the two states, government&nbs...
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  • Mining of earth banned in IndiaNational Green Tribunal bans digging of earth throughout India for making bricks and roads without obtaining environmental clearance.Ahmedabad and Chennai to host India Water ExpoAiming to bridge the knowledge gaps on water and wastewater management for user ...
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  • Govt to penalises unauthorised mining dumpingApproves policy to regulate unauthorised dumping of mining rejects in Goa. Under the scheme, the government plans to charge a conversion fee for illegaly occupying government and private land for mining dumps.Govt seeks SC to relax iron ore mini...
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  • The paper reflects the crisis in urban lake governance in India. It talks about the current social-political-legal processes involved in urban lake governance in India taking the case of lake Mansagar in Jaipur and the manner in which it fails to safeguard the ecology of the water body
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  • Sambar in Rajasthan, Asia's largest inland salt water lake, is victim to illegal salt production that poses threat to its ecology
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  • The introduction begins witha brief overview of wetlands: their nature and services offered. These wetlands are ecosystems with water that is static or flowing and characerized by emergent , floating and submerged aquatic vegetation. Some of the services provided by wetlands are fish and fiber, wate...
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  • The historical lakes of Udaipur, Rajasthan, namely Pichola - Swaroop Saagar and Fatah Saagar are more than a century old. Filling them above original design full tank level on public demand or over enthusiasm may prove to be a threat to safety. The free board above design full tank level is already ...
    Gyan Prakash Soniposted 9 years 1 month agoread more
  • Desilting is becoming a major component of any Lake Conservation Project now a days. The basic reasons given for necessity of desilting are - increasing the storage capacity and checking eutrophic conditions. As it is not practicable to reverse the slow process of silting in the bed of lakes throug...
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Manual scavenging still prevails in India thanks to weak laws, says study

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Cyclone Bulbul causes devastation in West Bengal and Odisha

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Unregulated salt production near Sambhar lake is not just causing health problems among salt workers, it is also depleting groundwater and ruining the ecosystem of the wetland.

The fields are silvery white with raw salt crusts in the vicinity of Nawa, a small town on the northwestern banks of Sambhar lake, India’s largest inland lake. Nawa lies about 90 kilometres east of Jaipur. Also an extensive saline wetland and a Ramsar site, the blinding white salt flats stretch as far as one can see. The place is a key wintering area for thousands of pink flamingos and other migratory birds from northern Asia and Siberia. Surrounded by the Aravalli on all sides, the lake straddles Nagaur, Sikar, Ajmer and Jaipur districts of Rajasthan.

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Changes in habitat is one of the reasons why many wild species have disappeared from the national park, say researchers.

Over a span of five decades, eight mammal species have become locally extinct in Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, a study has revealed. 

Many species of wild animals including tiger, leopard, blackbuck, smooth-coated otter, leopard cat, Indian fox and Hanuman langur have become locally extinct in Keoladeo National Park since 1966. This has substantially changed the mammalian diversity and the condition of the habitat, say researchers. 

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Normal monsoon expected this year: IMD

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On the World Wetlands Day, save a thought for India’s Ramsar sites, most of them at various stages of deterioration.

February 2 is observed as the World Wetlands Day. The day marks the date of adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. This year, the theme of the World Wetlands Day is Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction. It aims to raise awareness and highlight the vital roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities and to help build resilience against these events. 

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Good news for Sambhar Salt Lake

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Despite the many beautiful lakes, Udaipur’s water crisis is baffling. Increasing tourism and pollution make the city dependent on external sources for water supply.

The city of Udaipur is all about its lakes. If Pichola gets the maximum tourist footfall, the scenic beauty of Fateh Sagar invites solitude lovers. The Udai Sagar lake in the east, which remained the first line of defence for the city, now meets the industrial need for water. 

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Pollution from the Jhamarkotra mines poses a threat to waters near and far, and also causes severe health issues in the miners. Why is there no post facto environment impact assessment?

Huddled in the Aravali range in the southern part of Rajasthan about 26 km from Udaipur, is the largest reserve of phosphate in India.

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