Groundwater recharge needs grassroots solutions: A study of two techniques in Kerala
Although groundwater is emerging as a critical issue and has managed to encourage new government schemes, a generic solution of rainwater recharge cannot be applied across different regions. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 1 month ago

In Kerala, around half the urban population and 80% of the rural population depend on open wells on their domestic water needs. But in the last decade, the majority of observatory wells recorded an average annual decline of half a meter.

Rainwater is captured from the rooftop of the community hall and diverted to the sump before it is pumped into the open well. (Image by Authors)
The Chalakudy river system wins
Latha Anantha was awarded the Bhagirath Prayas Samman for spearheading the campaign to save the Chalakudy river in Kerala, at the recently concluded India Rivers Week. Amita Bhaduri posted 6 years 11 months ago

Latha Anantha of the Chalakudy Puzha Samrakshana Samiti (Chalakudy River Protection Forum) was awarded the Bhagirath Prayas Samman at the recently concluded India Rivers Week for her commendable work on safeguarding the integrity of the Chalakudy river in Kerala.

Latha Anantha (Source: Latha)
When it rains, it stores!
In the four years since a programme called 'Mazhapolima', meaning bounty of rain, was launched in Thrissur, Kerala, the district has seen an increase in the quality and quantity of water in its wells. Seetha posted 7 years 8 months ago

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Rainwater diverted into an open well in Thrissur
Athirapilly falls under threat
Another proposed power project blurs the lines between cost to environment and need for development. Will it ever cease to be a dichotomy and become a win-win situation for both? Amita Bhaduri posted 8 years ago

Athirappilly falls is situated 70 km from Kochi city in Kerala's Thrissur district. The 80 ft high falls is a part of the Chalakudy River and originates in the upper reaches of the Sholayar ranges in the Western Ghats. Lush greenery and little streams that cover the winding route up and down to the falls exhilarate and intimidate all at once.

Athirapilly waterfalls Source:Sangfroid, Wikimedia
Call for Abstracts, National Seminar on 'Dynamics of Environment degradation with special reference to water pollution in Kerala', Western Ghats Hornbill Foundation, Thrisur, Kerala, December 3-4, 2013
Papers to include sub themes like Kerala rivers, water sources, pollution, gender equity, culture, biodiversity, water policy and sustainability. sabitakaushal posted 8 years ago

For more information on the Western Ghats Hornbill Foundation, please click here.

Whispers of Silence - Exhibition and Seminar, WGHF, October 25-26, 2011, Thrissur
chetana posted 10 years 1 month ago

Organization: Western Ghats Hornbill Foundation (WGHF)

Venue: Sahithya Academic Hall, Thrissur


The Western Ghats Hornbill Foundation (WGHF) is organizing a two day workshop on right of the forest, river and tribe during 25th and 26th October 2011 at Sahithya Academic Hall, Thrissur. This is being organized as part of the inaugural session of our one year long campaign.

Mazhapolima Participatory Well Recharge Programme - Concept Note and Process Document (2009)
Mazhapolima is a community based well recharge programme, initiated by the district administration and implemented by major stakeholders. ashis posted 11 years 5 months ago

Mazhapolima Participatory Well Recharge Programme Mazhapolima is a community based well recharge programme, initiated by the Thrissur District Administration in collaboration with the Panchayat Raj Institutions in the District, and implemented by networking NGOs/CBOs, households, departments and agencies, research institutions, private sector and all other key stakeholders, who are either a water user or a water provider/planner.

Diversity of approaches and implementation arrangements according to location specific needs centered on sustainable outcome and service levels are the underlying tenets of the programme. The programme envisages recharging of about 4.5 lakh open wells in the district to ensure sustainable access to water.

Mazhapolima - A community based well recharge programme
A project report on a community based well recharge programme in Kerala to recharge ground water and improve supply of drinking water reena posted 12 years 2 months ago

When stakeholders come together, they can address critical water related issues.

Athirappilly satyagraha crosses one year 25th Feb 2009
Athirappilly satyagraha crosses one year 25th Feb 2009 iwp posted 12 years 9 months ago

Dear Friends, We welcome you to support the cause of a dying river in the Western ghats As you are aware, an indefinite Satyagraha led by Chalakudy River Protection Forum has been going on at Athirappilly near the project site since 25th February 2008. A series of programs have been organized in connection with the first anniversary of the Satyagraha to remind the conscience of the society what is in store if we tamper too much with our rivers, the people's longstanding time tested resistance to an environmentally, socially and economically unjust and unviable hydro electric project planned in one of the most beautiful rivers in the Western Ghats, the only basis of survival of millions of people and what has to be the real solution to the energy crisis in Kerala.