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May 10, 2022 Freshwater ecosystems are not mere sources of water, they are treasure troves of biodiversity. Know more about the fascinating and diverse animal species that inhabit freshwater habitats in India.
Freshwater ecosystems, treasure troves of biodiversity (Image Source: India Water Portal)
April 17, 2022 Citizen science can be greatly useful in breaking down the barriers between local and expert knowledge and help in better management and protection of freshwater ecosystems.
Pashan lake in Pune (Image Source: India Water Portal)
March 25, 2022 Dammed and bound, will the beautiful river Teesta survive India's insatiable demand for electricity?
Heaven on earth: A view of the Teesta from the coronation bridge (Image Source: Paramanu Sarkar via Wikimedia Commons)
February 20, 2022 The indigenous food systems of the Munda tribes of Jharkhand display great dietary diversity and can help enhance nutritional outcomes. Will they survive the impacts of urbanisation and climate change?
Indigenous food systems, in peril! (Image Source: Usha Dewani)
February 18, 2022 Traditional practices such as the jhum cultivation in North East India can help ensure dietary diversity and better nutritional outcomes among populations and need to be preserved.
Land cleared for Jhum cultivation (Image Source: Prashanthns via Wikimedia Commons)
February 3, 2022 Shailendra Patel, a passionate water warrior from Pune, is on a mission to save a live spring in the city. It is important that he is heard and action taken!
Shailendra Patel, near the Bavdhan spring, Pune (Image Source: Tushar Sarode)
India’s fantastic freshwater fauna and where to find them
Freshwater ecosystems are not mere sources of water, they are treasure troves of biodiversity. Know more about the fascinating and diverse animal species that inhabit freshwater habitats in India. Posted on 10 May, 2022 05:28 PM

This story originally ran on Cool Green Science, the conservation blog of The Nature Conservancy. It is used here with permission.

Freshwater ecosystems, treasure troves of biodiversity (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Taking people along, to conserve freshwater ecosystems
Citizen science can be greatly useful in breaking down the barriers between local and expert knowledge and help in better management and protection of freshwater ecosystems. Posted on 17 Apr, 2022 02:23 PM

Freshwater, a rare resource

Pashan lake in Pune (Image Source: India Water Portal)
JJM coverage low in rural households of several large states: Parliamentary panel
News this fortnight Posted on 06 Apr, 2022 03:38 PM

Several large states have low coverage of JJM in rural households: Panel expresses displeasure

Drinking water provision in rural school and hygiene (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
The Teesta, in distress!
Dammed and bound, will the beautiful river Teesta survive India's insatiable demand for electricity? Posted on 25 Mar, 2022 02:33 PM

That corner of the country where Sikkim and North Bengal are situated is less than 80 km at its widest point. This region lies to the North-East of the “Chicken's Neck” or the strategic Siliguri corridor.

Heaven on earth: A view of the Teesta from the coronation bridge (Image Source: Paramanu Sarkar via Wikimedia Commons)
Indigenous food systems - in peril!
The indigenous food systems of the Munda tribes of Jharkhand display great dietary diversity and can help enhance nutritional outcomes. Will they survive the impacts of urbanisation and climate change?
Posted on 20 Feb, 2022 11:46 AM

While food systems globally are struggling to meet the nutritional needs of the growing populations, these have put a strain on land, water, soil, resources leading to a renewed interest in sustainable food systems. These, derived from sustainable cultures and ecosystems are often known to be accessible, affordable, safe,  healthy and promote environmental stability.

Indigenous food systems, in peril! (Image Source: Usha Dewani)
Indigenous food systems - to cope with malnutrition
Traditional practices such as the jhum cultivation in North East India can help ensure dietary diversity and better nutritional outcomes among populations and need to be preserved. Posted on 18 Feb, 2022 10:01 AM

As India struggles to tackle malnutrition among women and children in the country as the NFHS data reveals, it is increasingly becoming clear that agrobiodiversity has an important role to play in ensuring sustainable and diverse diets and enhance health and nutrition, and may help m

Land cleared for Jhum cultivation (Image Source: Prashanthns via Wikimedia Commons)
Jal Shakti Ministry receives an allocation of Rs 86,189 crore in budget 2022-23
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 16 Feb, 2022 07:48 AM

Budget 2022-23: Allocation to the Jal Shakti Ministry increased to Rs 86,189 crore, from Rs 69,052 crore the previous year

Women fill water from a public tap in Karnataka (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
A water warrior’s fight springs hope for springs!
Shailendra Patel, a passionate water warrior from Pune, is on a mission to save a live spring in the city. It is important that he is heard and action taken!
Posted on 03 Feb, 2022 03:15 PM

Springs, symbols of life, freedom, spontaneity draw unique images in our minds – of a bubbling rush of water rolling boisterously, snaking over rocks, picking up pebbles and sand along its path full of jumping fish, occasional frogs, insects, algae – surrounded by green wild bushes and thick vegetation.

Shailendra Patel, near the Bavdhan spring, Pune (Image Source: Tushar Sarode)
Combining nature, wisdom and science - to tackle climate change
Preserving diversity in nature by combining traditional wisdom with science can greatly help in developing healthy ecosystems to tackle climate change. Posted on 01 Feb, 2022 12:37 PM

Today, rapid industrialisation, economic growth and migration to urban areas have changed how we relate to nature. The interconnection is now clearly exploitative.

Combining nature, wisdom and science to cope with climate change (Image Source: Pankaj Oudhia via Wikimedia Commons)
‘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.
Posted on 24 Jan, 2022 11:17 PM

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)
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