Books and Book Reviews

The missing water bodies of Western Uttar Pradesh
Over 3000 water bodies which once existed in Meerut district alone are now in a pitiable state. Will returning to a community-based water management system help revive these? Amita Bhaduri posted 7 years 7 months ago

Traditional water bodies such as bawdis and talabs have long since been an integral part of rural life in India providing water, fish and sometimes even just a venue for people to chit chat. The flat plains in Western Uttar Pradesh, where the Ganga and Yamuna rivers meet, is no exception.

Suraj kund at Meerut; Source: www.meerut-live.com
The Water Catchers
The book is a must-read for children to help them understand the importance of water conservation. Bhairavi Parekh, the author, shares her experience on writing the book and on water. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 7 months ago

'The Water Catchers’ is a story of an unlikely hero, an unassuming boy living in the concrete, water-deprived city of Mumbai. The boy named Chintu, has a simple wish - to find water in the village called Tintodan of his forefathers.

A children's book on water Source-Clker
Invite to a book release 'Ecological and Environmental reporting in India- A handbook for media,NGOs and people', Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai
A handbook by Santosh Shintre, an active environmental journalist sabitakaushal posted 7 years 9 months ago

Organisers

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)

Venue

BNHS, Hornbill House, 
Dr Salik Ali Chowk
Shahid Bhagt Singh Marg
Mumbai-1

About the book

BNHS, India
Celebrating Uttarakhand
The Uttarakhand Himalayas are home to several small but significant attempts by locals to conserve the region's forest and water resources. chicu posted 7 years 9 months ago

Throughout history, the Uttarakhand Himalayas have been a source of timber and water to the rest of the nation. However, this has led to severe depletion of resources in the state. Today, the mountain communities find it hard to meet their basic needs of fodder, fuel and water.

Soil and water conservation rejuvenates forests
Book review - ‘Conserving resources in the Himalayas’
The Himalayas, rich in natural resources is now under stress due to overuse. These 21 essays contain information about conservation efforts made in the region, especially Uttarakand. chicu posted 7 years 10 months ago

Uttarakhand is blessed with an immense amount of natural resources such as forests, wildlife and water, but if you are looking for some research-based information that quantifies, classifies and organizes this information, there isn’t much out there.

A man tries to beat out a wildfire in pine forest
Refugees of the Kosi embankments – A booklet by Dinesh Kumar Mishra
This booklet by Dinesh Kumar Mishra deals with the plight of the refugees of the Kosi embankment Amita Bhaduri posted 8 years 1 month ago

Kosi, one of the most vibrant rivers of North Bihar begins its journey at a height of about 7000 m in the Himalayan range. After entering the plains, the bed of the Kosi widens drastically and it spreads over 6 to 10 km.

"A village awaits doomsday" - Stories of displaced people who lose their home, hearth and land to "progress": A book by Jaideep Hardikar
This book strings together stories of people forced to part with their lands to make way for progress and development. sabitakaushal posted 8 years 1 month ago


A village awaits doomsday

Water in India: Situation and prospects: Book release by UNICEF, FAO and SaciWaters
New indices are needed to measure available water resources, says a report on the state of the water sector in India, entitled Water in India: Situation and Prospects by UNICEF, FAO and SaciWATERS. Amita Bhaduri posted 8 years 1 month ago

The report released at UNDP, New Delhi on February 14, 2013 attempts to consolidate the significant amounts of information available on water and sanitation in India and also aims to examine the key current challenges in the sector; both the threats and opportunities for the water sector in India.

Dr Aidan Cronin, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, UNICEF gives a sneak preview to the report

Video courtesy: UNICEF

Book review: Governing international watercourses by Susanne Schmeier
This article presents a review of the book 'Governing international watercourses' by Susanne Schmeier - a book that has been called 'a stunning piece of work' by Aaron T. Wolf. The author examines the river basin organisation as a key institution for managing international watercourses. The book follows a three-part structure of developing theory, refining it, and then discussing three case studies. By emphasizing that more trans-boundary events are focused on cooperation rather than on conflict- with a far smaller percentage being violent conflict - it carries a message of hope. chicu posted 8 years 2 months ago

This article presents a review of the book 'Governing international watercourses' by Susanne Schmeier - a book that has been called 'a stunning piece of work' by Aaron T. Wolf. The author examines the river basin organisation as a key institution for managing international watercourses. The book follows a three-part structure of developing theory, refining it, and then discussing three case studies. By emphasizing that more trans-boundary events are focused on cooperation rather than on conflict- with a far smaller percentage being violent conflict - it carries a message of hope.

‘Lets catch the rain’: A fun way to learn about water harvesting
An innovative and fun way to learn more on saving rainwater sabitakaushal posted 8 years 3 months ago


Lets catch the rain