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  • The book published by Penguin India, explores traditional water management systems in 8 states of India, including Delhi, and is written as a travelogue. It looks at what existed, how it fell apart and what has been done to revive it. Photographs of various traditional water management systems in va...
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  • The book would help households and institutions understand how to implement wastewater management. The book is priced at Rs.250/- only. CLEAN YOUR ACT is CSE's latest film on alternative ways to treat wastewater. This film depicts the present day Indian scenario in a hilarious way and would help the...
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  • Edited by VISHWA BALLABH, Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur, Governance of Water: Institutional Alternatives and Political Economy is a timely, relevant book that makes a case for reforming water governance in India through not only re-orientating policy priorities and approaches, but a...
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  • RAINWATER HARVESTING A NEW CONCEPT TO UTILIZE RAINWATER AND SECURE THE FUTURE [BASED ON IS:1172-1993 & IS:3370-1965 (PARTS I & II)] by Er. Kollegal. K. MeghashyamThe only book published so far in India covering the followingTreating the subject Rainwater Harvesting in A Comprehensive MannerP...
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  • Welcome to Water Voices from Around The World , a new book and voice for the water and life gracing our planet's biosphere. A water voice that flows through all kingdoms of life, as well as our human realms of science; philosophy; politics; history; art; economics; religion; society; music, and cul...
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  • "Water Conflicts in India: Million Revolts in the Making" Edited by K.J.Joy, Biksham Gujja, Suhas Paranjpye, Vinod Goud, Shruti Vispute The book includes 63 case studies of water conflicts of different types across the country. India Water Portal will soon publish 16 of these case studies on the we...
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  • Arghyam Trust organised an interaction in Bangalore with Mr. Ramaswamy Iyer to mark the recent release of his book "Towards Water Wisdom: Limits, Justice and Harmony" . The release of Mr. Iyer's book is covered here: https://www.indiawaterportal.org/blog/index.php/2007/07/04/new-book-by-ramaswamy-iy...
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  • Waterscapes: Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource edited by Amita BaviskarRead the review from Down To Earth magazine: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/full6.asp?foldername=20071115&filename=news&sec_id=15&sid=27
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  • The subtitle is "Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India"Author : Rohan D'Souza Oxford University PressMore information:Click here
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  • "Community Based Natural Resource Management" Issues and Cases from South Asia Ajit Menon, Praveen Singh, Esha Shah, Sharachchandra Lele, Suhas Paranjape, K.J. Joy "Non-governmental organisations today, as part of civil society, have come to play a prominent role in South Asia in the context of c...
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  • The Crossing Boundaries Project of the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) is currently in the process of preparing a Reader on "Role of Civil Society in Water Governance in South Asia"to be published by Sage India, New Delhi. The note contains a prelimi...
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  • This is a snippet from Dinesh Kr. Mishra's book "Living With the Politics of Floods: The Mystery of Flood Control".The Celebration of Floods "People welcomed floods in the Kosi as the river water approached them. Women sang songs eulogizing the river. They would request the river to go back if it co...
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  • (Image is from the Sage Publications webpage listed below)TOWARDS WATER WISDOMLimits, Justice, Harmony RAMASWAMY R IYER : Centre for Policy Research, New DelhiThere is a widespread view that a water crisis is looming. This book stresses the need for an urgent and radical transformation of our think...
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  • Catalyst for Human Development" is a magazine produced by Association for Human Development. The most recent issue is dedicated to water issues (and also has a writeup on India Water Portal) Following is a note about them: Association for Human Development is a non profit organization based in New Y...
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This is the Bengali translation of Anupam Mishra’s book “Tairne wala samaj doob raha hai” written in the context of the floods in the Kosi river in Bihar in 2004.

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 The second edition of the book came out in 2008 just after the devastating Bihar floods in the year when the river thundered down from the Himalayas on its way to the sea sweeping half of Bihar.

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This handbook seeks to address the gap existing in the programmatic aspects of waste management in rural areas

This handbook by Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank seeks to address the gap existing in the programmatic aspects of waste management in rural areas. It focuses on planning, institutional, community mobilization and financial dimensions of implementing waste management program. This handbook is meant for program managers and implementers working in rural sanitation at district and sub-district levels. The key themes in rural waste management are illustrated through cartoons.

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This article presents a review of the book by Dr Dinesh Mishra that describes the origin and changing course of the river Bagmati and the recurrent problems of floods in the region

Bagmati Ki Sadgati! by Dr. Dinesh MishraBagmati Ki Sadgati! by Dr. Dinesh Mishra

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This booklet argues that are attempts being made in India to privatise and commodify water, which is a retreat from our constitutional and economic duty and from our own human obligations

Residents of Delhi have been protesting against privatisation of water atleast since 2005. A large number of intellectuals, workers, lawyers and activists came together in November 2011 under the banner of the ‘Water Privatisation-Commercialization Resistance Committee’ to build up a campaign for an immediate withdrawal of tariffs imposed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) since 2010 and to ensure that the State Government retains the responsibility to provide good quality, adequate and assured drinking water and sanitation to its citizens.

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Tank irrigation in Karnataka, authored by GS Dikshit, GR Kuppuswamy, SK Mohan, and first published in 1993, provides a historical overview of this ancient method of water management.

The book covers entire eras from the ancient to the current period. It also gives information about the structural, financial and institutional aspects of tank construction and management.

The full book is available for download on the India Water Portal. Please right-click on the cover page image of the book, and select 'Save link as', to download the full book.

Right-click this image, and select 'Save link as', to download the full book - Tank irrigation in Karnataka - A historical survey

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These state-wise atlases on mangrove wetlands were prepared by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) under the India-Canada Environment Facility supported project entitled “Coastal Wetlands: Mangrove Conservation and Management”.

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This publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) titled “Save and Grow” is a guide for policymakers on the sustainable intensification of smallholder crop production. Save and grow says that while the Green Revolution led to a quantum leap in food production and bolstered world food security, intensive crop production has, in many countries, depleted agriculture’s natural resource base, jeopardizing future productivity.

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In order to meet projected demand over the next 40 years, farmers in the developing world must double food production, a challenge made even more daunting by the combined effects of climate change and growing competition for land, water and energy. In order to grow, agriculture must learn to save.

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Strategic Foresight Group, a political think tank based in Mumbai-India, has released a report called ‘Indus Equation’ that provides clarifications on the water issues between India and Pakistan. The Pakistani media is full of reports claiming India is encroaching on their water supply but a close examination of the facts reveals that the controversy over water is much ado about nothing and easily avoidable.

Release of 'Indus Equation' report

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The Environmental and climatic issues varies from continent to continent and is unique to Asia. Understanding the issues does need lot of research and study material which students may not be able to gather due to shortage of time and resources. Hence an effort is made by authors gathering there experience and academic input from renowned universities of world.

Coping with climate change: Principles and Asian contextAbout the book:

 Climate change is real and coping with it is major concern in coming days. Most of the books written and sold in the past need updating and customizing. The general description of climate change and world will not help the professionals and students. It needs to seen area wise as a professional will work in specific geographic area. Hence an effort is made to collect data from Asia which host most populated countries along with ecological hot spots.

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Water stress is set to become Asia's defining crisis of the twenty-first century, creating obstacles to continued rapid economic growth, stoking interstate tensions over shared resources, exacerbating long-time territorial disputes, and imposing further hardships on the poor.

Water - Asia's new battleground by Brahma Chellaney - A new book from the Georgetown University PressThe battles of yesterday were fought over land. Those of today are over energy. But the battles of tomorrow may be over water. Nowhere is that danger greater than in water-distressed Asia.

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