Uttar Pradesh

Over 97 million Indians were currently being exposed to extreme floods: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

75 percent districts in India are hotspots of extreme climate events: Report

75 percent districts in India are hotspots of extreme climate events (Source: IWP Flickr photos))
Submit report on the need for clearance of National Waterway-1: NGT to MoEF
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

NGT seeks report on the need for clearance of inland waterway projects in Ganga

Motor-driven ferries at Varanasi (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Advance Training on Planning for Faecal Sludge Management Implementation
The training aims to equip the participants with knowledge, tools, and thoughts to embrace the journey of FSM implementation more efficiently and with fewer bottlenecks. Swati Bansal posted 3 weeks 3 days ago Advance Training on Planning for Faecal Sludge Management Implementation

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Study using geo-tagged bottles unravels plastic pollution
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 month ago

Plastic pollution can travel thousands of kilometres in just a few months, finds new study using geo-tagged bottles

Plastic pollution by a river (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
New packaged drinking water rules to apply from January 1, 2021
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 month ago

Revised standards for packaged drinking water to apply from January 1st, 2021

Filtration plants in a packaging water units (Image source: Tushar Trivedi)
Poor implementation of forest rights act hurts tribals
Need to recognise the rights of forest-dwelling and tribal communities over their traditional lands. Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 1 week ago

In pre-colonial times, India’s forestlands were mostly under the use of the local communities. Forest policies led to centralisation in colonial times with forestland being subject to commercial over-exploitation for revenue generation purposes. This, in turn, led to land alienation of forest dwellers and an overall increase in deforestation.

Indigenous groups that lived and helped maintain the forests for centuries have been undermined (Image: Baiga women, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0)
Overexploitation of groundwater highest in Punjab: Government
News this week Swati Bansal posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Punjab no.1 in overexploitation of groundwater 

Overexploitation of groundwater highest in Punjab (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Ganga's riverine communities in troubled waters
The fishing community is the most vulnerable as its members come into direct contact with the river water and thus, suffer the maximum impact of pollution. Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

A large section of the population living in the Ganga river basin still depends on the river for daily use activities and livelihood. Hence, the cleaning of the Ganga river’s water and making it safe for use remains a major goal for policymakers.

There is a need to formalise the traditional occupation of riverine fishing by providing proper licensing facilities to allow for targeted policies for the community in order to mitigate the livelihood challenges being faced by it. (Image: Pikrepo)
Drying veins of Ganga: Can we have ‘Nirmal Ganga’ with dying tributaries?
There is an urgent need to prioritise uninterrupted river flow over unpolluted flow in the Namami Gange programme. Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

India’s Himalayan rivers have been a cradle of civilisational development and a centre for faith and culture for ages. Ganga being a fertile basin has been a significant contributor to our agricultural economy as well as our river-based agrarian development.

The Baand river is nearly dry even when the region saw above normal monsoon this year. Much of the riverbed is encroached by farms. (Image: Adeel Khan and Praharsh Patel)
Next phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban to focus on water treatment
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban: Next phase to focus on water treatment and toilet waste disposal

Next phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban to focus on water treatment (Image source: India Water Portal)