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June 22, 2021 Policy matters this fortnight
Yamuna flows under (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
November 13, 2019 Policy matters this week
A domestic RO water purifier
November 11, 2019 Study points to vulnerabilities faced by women in the mountains and plains of Uttarakhand, which is likely to only increase with climate change.
Ganga's riverflow at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand (Image courtesy: Ankit Singh; Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
November 6, 2019 The number of people vulnerable to floods triggered by climate change by 2050 is triple that of previous estimates, according to a new study.
Aerial view of Chennai during floods 2015 (Image: Veethika, Wikimedia Commons, CC-SA 4.0 International)
October 25, 2019 Groundwater use has doubled in Pune. Comprehensive mapping of groundwater resources and better management and governance is the need of the hour.
Groundwater, an exploited resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Jal Jeevan Mission App and Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh launched
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

PM Modi launches the Jal Jeevan Mission app and Rashtriya Jal Jeevan Kosh 

An overhead tank in Tamil Nadu that supplies water to a village (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
World Bank to provide $250 million to ensure dam safety in India
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

World Bank will provide $250 million for dam safety in India

Malampuzha dam in Kerala (Image source: IWP Flickr Photos)
New projects for revival of six polluted stretches in Uttarakhand under Namami Gange
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 4 months ago

NMCG approves new projects for the revival of six polluted stretches in Uttarakhand

A river stretch in Uttarakhand (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Dealing with droughts
There are many reasons why we see more droughts in India these days. Here is all the information that you need to know droughts better. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 5 months ago

Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a cou

India will see more droughts in the future. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Delhi Govt gets stricter in tackling Yamuna river pollution
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 5 months ago

Yamuna pollution: Delhi Govt bans soaps and detergents not meeting latest BIS standards

Yamuna flows under (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
It is June, and 49 of 130 major reservoirs are brimming with water!
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 5 months ago

Even before the monsoon sets in, collective stock in 130 major reservoirs 27 percent of total capacity

Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Gomti’s tributaries are in a dismal state: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 7 months 1 week ago

Gomti’s tributaries are in a dismal state, thanks to groundwater exploitation

Gomti river in Lucknow (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
A rainbow recovery post-COVID
The movement towards radical ecological democracy needs to combine the practical and policy-level grassroots work with broader mobilization. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 1 month ago

There is a disquieting hush across the world as the linkage between the planet’s health and human well-being became pronounced during the times of the pandemic. The deepening socio-economic and ecological crises caused by patterns of production and consumption are being increasingly recognised.

The women of Deccan Development Society sanghams move towards more localized natural resource management (Image: Deccan Development Society, Facebook Page)
How forest-dwelling communities are braving the pandemic
Local communities and gram sabhas better understand the local complexities than the local administrations while dealing with a crisis situation. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 1 month ago

The pandemic and lockdown measures have had a drastic impact on a large population of poor and marginalised communities, causing loss of livelihoods and employment, food insecurity and socio-economic distress. While vulnerabilities, atrocities and injustices faced by forest communities due to forest, conservation and economic policies have increased d

The non timber forest products collection season, which is mainly in the months of April to June coincided exactly with the lockdown (Image: CIFOR, Flickr Commons)
Poor implementation of forest rights act hurts tribals
Need to recognise the rights of forest-dwelling and tribal communities over their traditional lands. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 1 month ago

In pre-colonial times, India’s forestlands were mostly under the use of the local communities. Forest policies led to centralisation in colonial times with forestland being subject to commercial over-exploitation for revenue generation purposes. This, in turn, led to land alienation of forest dwellers and an overall increase in deforestation.

Indigenous groups that lived and helped maintain the forests for centuries have been undermined (Image: Baiga women, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0)
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