Waghadi Bachao: A call for collective rejuvenation of the river
Working together towards restoring the river’s catchment and drainage lines Amita Bhaduri posted 8 hours 7 minutes ago

Maharastra’s Yavatmal district in the Vidarbha region is home to several tribal communities. Largely rainfed, monocrops like cotton, soybean, wheat, and turmeric, among others, are grown in a majority of the region. However, reduced rainfall, water shortage and soil infertility plague the region, causing crop failures and resulting in severe agrarian distress. 

River flow improved at Jarur since soil and moisture conservation measures along the catchment area were prioritised (Image: FES)
Kaabar Tal gasps for breath
Bihar’s first designated Ramsar site, the Kaabar Tal is dying. Urgent efforts to restore the Tal are needed! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 day ago

The Kosi-Gandak interfan region of the East Ganga Plains (EGP) is densely populated by wetlands, most of which are monsoonal (or seasonal), and remain dry in the non-monsoonal season.

Kaabar Tal, Bihar's first Ramsar site

Kaabar Tal cries for help! (Image Source: Mausam Nandan via Wikimedia Commons)
Assam: Technology used to map historical ponds of Darrang
The ponds are home to birds, reptiles and amphibians; study looks at their ecological relevance Amita Bhaduri posted 1 day 20 hours ago

Smaller water bodies, such as ponds, are important not only for biodiversity (Oertli, Céréghino, Hull, & Miracle, 2009) but al

Lakhimpur pond (Image: Authors)
A ready reckoner on emissions
TERI and EDF develop a detailed air emission inventory Amita Bhaduri posted 3 days 20 hours ago

A detailed air emission inventory with a comprehensive list of pollutants within a pre-defined geographical area is beneficial for developing clean air action plans. It can also be used to test the effectiveness of pilot interventions towards air quality abatement.

Smokestacks at a power plant (Image: Flickr/ Nick Humphries)
‘Fleas’ flee the Pashan lake in Pune!
Restoration efforts focusing on desilting and re-contouring of Pashan lake have added to the deterioration of the lake habitat, threatening survival of organisms such as water fleas, warn freshwater biologists Mihir Kulkarni and Sameer Padhye.
Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 days 19 hours ago

The calm waters of Pashan lake in Pune city, seldom give us an idea of the hidden wonders they support. Freshwater habitats like this, harbour a wealth of biodiversity ranging from very tiny/ microscopic plants and animals to larger ones – that reside in and around the waters and depend on it for their food, reproduction and survival.

Pashan lake, threatened by urbanisation, doomed by restoration (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Tools and opportunities to tackle climate action
While the shift to a low carbon world is essential, it is crucial that it is just and equitable and that it presents everyone with equal access to tools and opportunities to make a difference. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 days 21 hours ago

The threat of climate change is real

Solve Ninjas at work (Image Source: Reap Benefit)
Planning ahead: How the CRISP-M tool advances early climate action
A mobile and web-based tool that has the potential to increase communities’ resilience to climate change Amita Bhaduri posted 4 days 23 hours ago

A new digital tool combining scientific climate risk information with local and traditional knowledge is helping communities in India manage climate risks more effectively.

After a successful pilot, the CRISP-M tool is planned to roll out in two districts and seven states in India (Image: CRISP-M animation)
Floodplain wetlands of the Diara region facing degradation
Ganga plays key role in regulating wetland dynamics of the region Amita Bhaduri posted 5 days 20 hours ago

In the active floodplain area of River Ganga in Eastern India, channel migration and flooding is very common. It is called the Diara region. In the southwest portion of West Bengal's Malda district, after passing the Rajmahal hills River Ganga begins its lower course. India-Bangladesh international border has constrained this region on the south-eastern side.

Landscape-specific approaches instead of individual wetland-specific strategies if adopted, might help better interpret the wetland scenario (Image: Mapio)
National and international frameworks vital for implementing nature-based solutions
There is a lack of cohesive regional strategy for implementing nature-based solutions in Asia Amita Bhaduri posted 6 days ago

Nature‐based solutions (NbS) are a relatively new concept and consist of a range of measures that address various societal challenges, including climate change, natural disasters, food security, human health, water security, and economic and social development, by

Mangrove ecosystem (Image: Sigit Deni Sasmito/CIFOR)
Mekedatu project: Many activists opposing it under Medha Patkar
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 week ago

Activists stand up against Mekedatu project under the noted activist Medha Patkar

Cauvery river at Hogenakal, Karnataka (Source: IWP Flickr Photos via Claire Arni and Oriole Henri)