USD 450 million loan from the World Bank for Atal Bhujal Yojana
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World Bank to provide USD 450 million loan for Atal Bhujal Yojana

Atal Bhujal Yojana aims to arrest the country's depleting groundwater levels (Source: IWP Flicke photos)
Time to enact groundwater bill
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Country's groundwater crisis showcases need to enact model groundwater bill

A well in Rajasthan (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Lake congestion worsened Kerala floods: CWC
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Clean chit to dam management, CWC says congested Vembanad lake worsened floods in Kerala

Vembanad lake in Kerala (Source: ATREE via IWP Flickr photos)
Fishing village goes plastic free
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A voyage in a traditional canoe or a houseboat through the picturesque Vembanad lake is enough to understand why the south Indian state of Kerala is called the “God’s own country’. 

Plastic collected from the Vembanad lake.
"Power firms lose Rs 2400 crores to water crisis"
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Power firms’ loss due to water shortage is Rs 2400 crore this year: Greenpeace

An NTPC thermal plant (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
More power, but no water security to MP and Gujarat
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More power, but no water security to MP and Gujarat, observes SANDRP

Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat (Source: Wikimedia)
Measures to mitigate agrarian distress in Alappuzha and Kuttanad wetland ecosystem – A study report by MSSRF
This study report by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) deals with the measures to mitigate agrarian distress in Alappuzha and Kuttanad wetland ecosystem. Posted on 01 Jul, 2011 06:51 AM

Cover In spite of its natural wealth, the Alappuzha district has a high proportion of population living in poverty. 

Recognizing that the process of preparation of a mitigation plan report is as important as the product, the MSSRF team held wide ranging consultations with all concerned with the economy, ecological security and livelihood security of Kuttanad wetlands. Information on the consultations held and visits made are given in the report. It contains a malady-remedy analysis of the problems and potential solutions.

The greatest challenge in dealing with multidimensional problems in our country is our inability to generate the necessary synergy and convergence among the numerous government, non-government, civil society and other agencies involved in the implementation of the programmes such as those outlined in this report. This is why the team has suggested both high-level policy guidance and monitoring committee as well as a task implementation mechanism.

Volunteering at the Vembanad fish count 2011 - An Arghyam field report
A team from Arghyam recently visited Alleppey in Kerala to participate in the Vembanad Fish Count 2011. Posted on 04 Jun, 2011 12:00 AM



Guest post by Priya Desai


This was organised by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). Held on May 26th 2011, we were joined by around 150 to 200 student volunteers from various higher educational institutions in Kerala, such as the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, St. Albert's College in Ernakulam, School of Applied Life Sciences in Chuttippara and the School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University.

Vembanad Fish Count 2011, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, 26th May 2011, Muhamma, Kerala
Posted on 18 May, 2011 12:44 PM

Ashoka Trust for Researchin Ecology and the Environnrent

Organizer: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) - Community Environmental Resource Centre (CERC)

Venue: St.George Parish Hall, Muhamma, Kerala

Vembanad Fish Count - Report of the Participatory Fish Resources Surveys of Vembanad Lake (Kerala) done in 2008 and 2009 by ATREE
A report on the Participatory Fish Resources Surveys of Vembanad Lake (Kerala) done in 2008 and 2009 by ATREE in an effort to conserve the lake and its ecosystems. Posted on 03 Jun, 2010 06:23 PM

Vembanad LakeThe Vembanad estuarine system, the largest of its kind on the west coast of India is known to be abundantly enriched with diverse fishery resources, providing feeding, spawning and rearing areas for a very large proportion of commercial (fin) fish and shellfish. However, ecosystem health of the Vembanad wetlands is alarmingly declining due to a variety of reasons - obstruction of river courses, sand mining & habitat destruction, loss of riparian canopy cover, encroachment, pollution and unethical fishing practices. Reduced summer flow due to drying up of rivers and pollution hazards from agro-chemicals and sewage also lead to mass mortality of fishes. Depletion of fishery resources has changed this ‘inland fish basket’ to an ‘inland wastebasket’, driving the fisherfolk, the primary stakeholders of the lake into a livelihood crisis.