Research Papers

Proposed water supply and sewerage project for Sangli Miraj Kupwad municipal corporation: a municipal initiative in Maharashtra
The paper demonstrates the approach to implement reforms in the key area of water supply and sewerage by undertaking municipal initiatives with private sector participation on a commercial basis Posted on 11 May, 2009 04:21 PM

The paper is based on the initiatives taken by the Sangli-Miraj Kupwad Municipal Corporation (SMK-MC) in the state of Maharashtra.

Remote sensing based rapid watershed health appraisal: a case study of Rajasthan by national watershed development project for rainfed areas (NWDPRA)
Eight micro-watersheds, distributed over different agro climatic zones of Rajasthan were studied for their performance in terms of biomass gain, landuse change and changes along drainage line Posted on 11 May, 2009 04:14 PM

This study presents a remote sensing based rapid watershed health appraisal of NWDPRA watersheds of Rajasthan. The study area is distributed across 8 agro-climatic zones ranging from desertic western plain to humid southern and south-eastern plain. The satellite data prior to treatment year (1988) was compared with post-treated year (1996), to reveal the noticeable changes over a span of 8 years.

Towards a learning alliance on system of rice intensification in Orissa – a report on dialogue project by WWF International and ICRISAT
This report deals with the experiences on SRI by fifteen different organisations and farmers. These experiences reflect the concerns, aspirations and diversity of perspectives among the actors Posted on 01 May, 2009 12:52 PM

The report is divided into four parts. Part I speaks about the overall context of rice cultivation in Orissa (of which Nuakhai is a part) and the crying need for change by most actors involved. In part II the background of SRI in India is sketched broadly and in part III the SRI work in Orissa is situated within the overall context of rice in the state.

Urban wastewater: a valuable resource for agriculture - case study from Haroonabad, Pakistan (2002) by International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
There is a need to identify methods to prevent the health risks associated with the use of untreated urban wastewater while maintaining its socioeconomic and environmental benefits Posted on 01 May, 2009 12:15 PM

The study by IWMI deals with a case study of urban wastewater as a valuable resource for agriculture in Haroonabad, Pakistan. Farming communities in water-scarce regions increasingly practice the use of urban wastewater in agriculture. Untreated urban wastewater is generally considered unacceptable for direct use because of potential health risks.

Women’s collective action and sustainable water management: case of self employed women's association (SEWA) water campaign in Gujarat (2007)– working paper by CAPRi
This paper discusses the self employed women’s association’s (SEWA) women, water and work campaign which organizes women’s collective action in Gujarat to sustain local water management Posted on 29 Apr, 2009 05:36 PM

This working paper by Smita Mishra Panda, Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) on the case of SEWA’s water campaign in Gujarat that was presented at the CGIAR systemwide program on collective action and property rights (CAPRi).

New knowledge resources: Nitrates & cancer
Nitrate/Nitrite contamination is a potentially serious problem for India today, after flouride and arsenic. Posted on 19 Apr, 2009 02:02 PM

 ehplogo_header Nitrate/Nitrite contamination is a potentially serious problem for India today, after flouride and arsenic. This contamination occurs largely through the mixing of fertiliser run-off and sewage with water meant for human use. New research reveals that Nitrate/Nitrite contamination can cause severe human health problems including cancer. Below are two research papers from the Environment Health Perspectives (EHP) Journal, written in the context of the United States, that give an idea of Nitrate/Nitrite contamination and their impact on human health. Workgroup Report in the November 2005 issue: "Drinking Water Nitrate and Health - Recent Findings and Research Needs". Read the paper here: "A Review of Nitrates in Drinking Water: Maternal Exposure and Adverse Contents Reproductive and Developmental Outcomes", appeared in the March 2006 issue. Read the paper here:

Ph.D in Ecological Sanitation by a student at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
Ph.D in Ecological Sanitation by a student at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore Posted on 16 Apr, 2009 11:21 AM

Contacts needed for water sanitation project in Krishnanagar, West Bengal
Contacts needed for water sanitation project in Krishnanagar, West Bengal Posted on 14 Apr, 2009 11:31 AM

My name is Deb Gangoapdhyay and I am a student at Yale University. I and a fellow student, Yuzhe Feng, have received funding to conduct a water quality and sanitation project in the Krisnanagar district of Nadia, West Bengal.

Hydroelectric power projects & climate change: A case study of Ravi basin in Himachal Pradesh
The Role of Hydroelectric Power Projects in the Climate Change: A Case study of Ravi basin in Himachal Pradesh Posted on 09 Apr, 2009 11:34 AM

The following is a paper by Dr. Mohinder Slariya based on data collected during his Ph.D work. The work contains data sourced from the India Water Portal, and aims to illustrate local area climate changes with the development of hydroelectric projects. The abstract of the paper has been quoted below, with the full paper available as a download!


Dams have had serious impacts on the lives, livelihoods, cultures and spiritual existence of indigenous, tribal and illiterate people, moreover on the physical environmental conditions and on the biodiversity of the area concerned. The dam related developmental activities in Ravi catchment area have been threatening the biodiversity in the whole catchment. There are more than 50 rivulets in the Ravi catchment and on which more than 70 power projects have been planned by the government by putting biodiversity at the stake. Developmental activities have unintentionally produce weather and climate modifications on a larger scale and threaten the existing biodiversity. Such developmental activities have been started day back in 1980s in Ravi basin with the installation of Baira Suil Power Project and today it has covered all most all Ravi basin starting from interstate broader of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and engulfed the green cover of the area. Because of this extinction the catchments area is experiencing drastic climatic changes, because of 100 km reservoirs of Shahpur Kandi (125MW), Thein Dam (600MW), Chamera-I (540MW) and Chamera-II (300 MW) and tunnelization of Ravi in 19.38 kms with a dia of 7 to 9 meters and 102 meters high surge shafts with 15.5 meters dia and underground power houses of Chamera-I & II and dry Ravi in almost all its natural route (27 kilometers in Chamera I & II). In this dry region there is a tremendous increase in the temperature and there is no timely and usual rain in the basin after the installation of power projects.

Water for "GDP" or "HDI" ? The golden dilemma for Gujarat
The following is a recently published paper, presented at CWC Seminar on "Water for Future - Issues & options" on 4th March 2009 by Dr. Mukesh B Joshi. Posted on 07 Apr, 2009 11:06 AM