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  • In the last five decades, Indore, in Madhya Pradesh, has witnessed a substantial increase in urbanisation and industrialisation. Its population has also increased from 5,60,936 in 1971 to 2,167,447 in 2011 (Census 2011). This increase has resulted in an increased demand for water, aggravating the wa...
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  • This paper documents one of the unique microcredit projects of UNICEF in three blocks of Erode district in Tamil Nadu. MYRADA, an NGO, has supported the formation of federations that use the fund from UNICEF not as a grant but as a revolving fund for constructing toilets in the houses of the federat...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 4 years 9 months agoread more
  • The first step to sustainable agriculture is soil and water conservation. Drylands are more prone to erosion since they are devoid of vegetative cover for longer periods of time.  KVK, based on its experiences in participatory integrated watershed programme in Bagur hills where it had construc...
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  • The East Calcutta Wetlands are an unappealing mixture of poverty, sunshine and wastewater. The people here have patiently and wisely transformed this ecosystem into an oportunity for food, employment and purified water- for free!How did this happen and what can we learn from it? A book titled 'Ecolo...
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  • NGOs urge World Bank not to promote water privatizationThe Bank has been funding a lot of such projects in South Asia. Even as they face a lot of problems, they are being cited as models to be emulated elsewhere. Nagpur's Orange City Water is one such project plagued with corruption and service shut...
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  • Floods in Bihar have acquired menacing proportions following the embanking of its rivers, which has led to severe dislocations in the society. Estimates suggest that 70% of the population in north Bihar lives under the recurring threat of flood devastation (1). The 2013 floods affected more than 5.9...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 5 years 2 months agoread more
  • Hello, I am Kinjal Shah, a student from Landscape Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. I am doing thesis on 'Restoration of Ponds in Surat'. For my thesis I need the english version of the book 'Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab' for my base data regarding the existence & importance of ponds in hist...
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  • Children love bedtime stories. Fairy tales about kings, princesses, ogres and other magical creatures. For a change, what if we could tell them stories to make them aware of pressing issues that we are faced with. Like water, for example. 'Water Stories from Around the World' is one such compilation...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 2 months agoread more
  • MYRADA has been working on watershed development projects since 1984-85. Through its efforts it had developed a climate of trust and confidence at the field level. Peoples' institutions have emerged and stabilised at various degrees of successes because of these efforts.  This book analyses th...
    Seethaposted 5 years 2 months agoread more
  • This paper attempts to analyse the impact of several government guidelines related to watershed management on the People's institutions that have emerged in watershed programmes where NGOs have a role.  This paper is a revised edition of a keynote for a Workshop organised by the India Canada E...
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  • Integrated Farm Development (IFD) is an innovative concept in farming where various resources (farm waste) are integrated and utilised in order to reap maximum benefits.  MYRADA's Krishi Vigyan Kendra initiated the IFD programme based on LEISA concept in 2001. Using the participatory approach ...
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  • The book contains a few pieces on rainwater harvesting by Shree Padre edited by C. K. SujithKumar and published as a book. A practical guide for rainwater harvesting, the book very clearly highlights the necessity for conservation of water. It explains the causes for drought and decline of wate...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • This book talks about the practise of soil and water conservation adopted by Dr. Mallanna in Bagalkote. Bagalkote is a district in northern Karnataka, which is known for scanty rainfall.  Around a decade ago, the region did not get rainfall for three consecutive years. Many farmers in the regi...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • Madakas are manmade structures for storing rainwater that was abundantly prevalent in Kasargod District of Kerala. Pallas on the contrary, were similar structures but not man made. Pallas and Madakas met the water requirements of the settlements around these structures.  They were not just wat...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • Rainwater harvesting is not a new science in India. There are several traditional practices across the country where rainwater was stored safely and used in times of need. One such example is the 'Taankaa' system in Gujarat. Around 10,000 houses in the city of Ahmedabad have large underground tanks...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • It is an astonishing thing to see the five rivers of Alwar in Rajasthan flowing for more than 6-8 months in a year. This is no miracle though. It is the result of a decade-long effort by Jal Jungle Andolan lead by Dr. Rajendra Singh.  Traditional rainwater harvesting structues called Johads th...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • 'Talaparige' is a well known traditional source of water in Tumkur region in Karnataka. These are also seen in Kolar, Bellary and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka. So far, there has been no exhaustive documentation about this source of water. This book attempt to give the concept, design, constru...
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  • Rainwater and You: contains ideas that anyone can use anywhere gives essential details about hte background of rainwater utilisation in urban, rural and islands gives designs for rainwater utilisation systems and points of maintenance gives examples of actual uses in individual homes, large bu...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • Mannu Mattu Neeru by Shree Padre gives examples of local knowledge and agricultural practices that have successfully helped overcome a drought situation in the state of Karnataka. These age-old practices, which have been in use for generations now, have helped families survive in circumstances of a...
    Prarthana Vishalposted 5 years 3 months agoread more
  • Sharanu Banni Jala Kaayakake is a collection of features on soil and water conservation written by Shree Padre and published by the Akhila Bharata Sharana Sahitya Parishat, Mysore. This piece of writing is based on interviews with farmers and experiences from the ground. This is one of the 8 books ...
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The deliberations for the Roundtable have been designed to enumerate, appraise and understand the challenges of engaging with the issues of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The deliberations shall focus upon catalysing innovations for successful and sustainable impacts of WASH interventions. The deliberations shall also focus upon the need and importance of embedded Monitoring, Learning and Evaluations (MLE) mechanisms that support data driven decision making.

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Scarcity, pollution, inequity, floods and drought -- words that are synonymous with water today. Is the water crisis for real or is it simply a case of mismanagement?

Water, a valuable resource that is magical and mystical, is both mistreated and misunderstood today. Jacques Yves Cousteau once said, "We conveniently forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one" and he doesn't seem too off the mark.

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A collection of Kaka Kalelkar's thoughts, and snippets from his visits to rivers, ponds, tanks, pools and lakes across the country make one want to travel to these water wonders.

Water touches our lives in many ways. Our childhood memories are often entwined with the rivers that we have crossed, lakes that we have seen and the ponds that we may have jumped in. In his Bharat Darshan, the author Kaka Kalelkar travels across the length and breadth of the country and takes us to many such places we may have visited but have probably forgotten about. He writes about water and life and many a time, the lines blur. 

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A set of poems by G Venkatesh, a researcher on water and sanitation issues, seamlessly bring together important issues concerning water in verse form.

An engineer or an ecologist talking about water may not cause many heads to turn, but when they do it through poetry, there is a chance that more people will take notice. With water as the recurrent theme, topics including water and technology, dams and development, scarcity and wastage and other such parallel and often conflicting sentiments are echoed in the booklet titled 'Water for All & Other Poems' by G Vekatesh.

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In his book titled 'Bandini Mahananda', Dinesh Mishra describes the vicious circle of embankments that has created more problems than solutions in Bihar.

Mahananda, a major River of north Bihar rises in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It meets the Ganga after a journey of 376 km through the flat lands of Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh. It would spill its banks because of the flat slopes, causing deluge and waterlogging in the Katihar district of Bihar. Additionally, the spills of the abandoned channels of the River Kosi like Barnadi and Kari Kosi, added to the impasse. Mahananda, like other north Bihar rivers, brings a lot of loosely packed geological material from the Himalayas that it deposits in the plains.

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The report highlights how degradation of the coastal environment has reached alarming proportions, closely reflecting the urban population explosion and rapid and unplanned urbanisation.

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The Narmada river is being transformed from a free to a 'dammed' one, thanks to the new development projects. The book featured is a compilation of essays on this ancient river.

Narmada, a name that translates into ‘One that bestows happiness’ will, in the next 20 years, pass through turbulent times. The question is not of the distance or the journey that this river covers, but the various points at which this ancient river is intercepted by new, modern dams.

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In this book, Anil Yadav combines myths and lost legends about Vidisha's wells and 'baolis' with intricate details of the ponds' construction and economics.

Motivated by Anupam Mishra's 'Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Tallab', this book describes the history of the ponds in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh including details on how these ponds were established and what caused their untimely deaths. Anil Yadav takes us down this path, weaving together myths and lost legends with intricate details of the ponds' construction and economics. 

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In this book, ’Forfeited Treasure’, the author S.T. Somashekhar Reddy delves on the condition, status and measures for thr rehabilitation of irrigation tanks in Karnataka.

In 1881, there was one tank every 15 square miles in the then state of Karnataka. These tanks irrigated more than 7 lakh acres of land. Tanks were the major source of irrigation and the system was completely managed by beneficiaries, their construction considered a meritorious deed. Their neglect began under the British rule, and continues till the present day ‘big dam’ commitment.

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An Urdu translation of Anupam Mishra's books 'Aaj bhi Khare Hain Talab' and 'Gochar ka prasad bata ta Lapodia'.

Water scarcity is being felt all across the world today. A major contributor to this loss is the excessive mining of groundwater and the lack of understanding of how traditional water sources in the villages, ponds and wells, contribute in keeping villages self sufficient .

In 'Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab', Anupam Mishra documents the life and work of several individuals and communities, across the country, in setting up water harvesting and management systems through talaabs (lakes / tanks).

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