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Babhli water conflict: Less water, more politics - EPW article
The growing conflicts over water sharing between states in India Posted on 01 Sep, 2010 02:13 PM

Babhali Barrage

This paper published in the Economic and Political Weekly highlights the recently growing conflicts over water sharing between states in India and argues that the intensity and periodicity of these conflicts are increasing and that these conflicts are expected to get worse with the increasing uncertainty of rainfall and water availability. The document goes on to describe the latest one in the news, the conflict between Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh over the Babhli barrage.

The indigenous struggle- A look at three South American films on water rights
A film festival on water, 'Voices from the Water' Posted on 31 Aug, 2010 02:51 PM

This past weekend was the only international film festival on water, worldwide—Voices from the Water, held in Bangalore in several different locations. Working for a water NGO, I made my schedule free to catch up on some of these movies, to understand what the current issues are and what the film circle is capturing through their lens that we don’t necessarily see from our biased eyes.

Community organisation in groundwater management – A presentation by ACWADAM
Community understands groundwater management and its processes. Posted on 27 Aug, 2010 04:01 PM

community organisationThis presentation by ACWADAM on community organization in groundwater management deals with the processes involved in people’s mobilization and participation. The requisites of groundwater management include: resource enhancement, demand management, equitable distribution, institutional mechanism and controlling of free riding. It deals with groundwater management at a local scale when compared to aquifer management.

Aquifer management involves:

  • Identification of aquifer on the basis of geology;
  • Identification of recharge and discharge areas;
  • Assessment of aquifer capacity and yield through aquifer mapping;
  • Protection of recharge area and increasing the groundwater level through artificial recharge in recharge area (based on the geology);
  • Treating groundwater as a common property resource;
  • Encouraging community use of groundwater and restricting individual use;
  • Putting in place an institutional mechanism and legal back up for community groundwater management;
  • Awareness generation regarding groundwater and science of hydrogeology.

Duel among duals - Popular science of basaltic hydrogeology in a village of Saurashtra - A paper by CAREWATER
Tradition and history show their scientific prowess over centuries of existence. Yet, the learning of formal scientific knowledge challenges it. A dichotomy or just two different languages? Posted on 03 Aug, 2010 07:57 PM

Carewater INREM FoundationThe report by Carewater INREM Foundation deals with the duel between popular science used in decision making by farmers and the formal science of hydrogeology that is based on scientific data collection. These two parallel streams of knowledge exist together, sometimes complement, and at other times are at conflict. People’s knowledge on hydrology is not ‘dying’, but thriving and growing well, refreshed continually by interfaces with science. In hard rock areas, the high hydrogeologic variability makes observation as important as theory since it is localized, pervasive and relevant to the needs of people.

Women and Water: A report by the National Commission for Women
This report by the National Commission for Women looks at social conflict and tension that arise due to water crises and analyses the impact of these on women. Posted on 29 Jul, 2010 10:56 PM

This report by the National Commission for Women looks at social conflict and tension that arise due to water crises and analyses the impact of these on women. The stress on water resources is a result of rapidly rising population and changing lifestyles, which have increased the need for fresh water. Intense competition among water users from agriculture, industry and domestic sector is pushing the ground water table deeper. Women bear the burden of fetching drinking water in rural areas and if opportunity costs are taken into account, it would translate to about 150 million women days each year. This amounts to a loss of a whopping 10 billion rupees per year to the national exchequer.

Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand and Swami Ramdev offer support to Dr. G.D. Agrawal on his fast unto death
Generating support for Bhagirathi's natural flow Posted on 23 Jul, 2010 11:42 PM

Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand of Dwarkapeeth sent his personal emissary Swami Dharanand to convey his support to Dr. G.D. Agrawal whose third fast-unto-death to ensure the natural flow in river Bhagirathi (Ganga) from Gangotri to Uttarkashi entered its second day. Yesterday (July 21) Swami Ramdev spent an hour in the evening with Dr. Agrawal and offered his full support.

March 2010 Issue of Water Feeder
The March 2010 issue of Water Feeder contains the analysis of about 100 news items published in 5 Odia dailies, Samaj, Sambad, Dharitri, Pragatibadi, Khabar and the New Indian Express. Posted on 30 Apr, 2010 05:15 PM

Water Conflicts in India


Guest post by Pranab, Sucharita & Priyabrat
Odisha State Center

With summer scorch intensifying, pinch of water woes and conflicts are becoming more painful in Odisha this year. While pollution continues to be the concern, scarcity and quality of drinking water across Odisha, both from rural and urban landscapes have become the major water news in vernacular media. With news of more and more tube wells going defunct/ drying up, water-supply systems becoming ineffective and quality of surface and ground water plummeting with metal and biological pollution, this issue of Water Feeder attempts to reiterate the urgency of thinking and action towards alternate management of our water resources. It also underlines grimmer months ahead, with summer intensifying further and hydrological year approaching its end.

South Asia Rivers should be source of uniting people, not dividing them
The article features the workshop organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University to address the conflict issues over shared rivers in the South Asian region. Posted on 23 Apr, 2010 03:27 PM

Guest Post by Himanshu Thakkar

New Delhi: A workshop organised yesterday on the sidelines of a South Asia civil society gathering under the banner of Assembly of a Union of South Asian Peoples at Jawaharlal Nehru University came up with a set of recommendations to address the question of conflict over shared rivers in the region. The key message from the meeting, which addressed issues pertaining to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and India, was that South Asia’s rivers should be a source of uniting peoples, not dividing them. The Assembly is being organised as a civil society counter to the official SAARC meeting to be held in Thimpu from 28-29 April 2010.

NBA's indefinite action starts from April 11 : An appeal for solidarity
This article by the National Alliance of Peoples' Movements, is an appeal for solidarity for the Narmada Bachao Andolan starting from April 11, 2010. Posted on 12 Apr, 2010 10:22 AM

Ariticle Courtesy: National Alliance of Peoples' Movements

Dear Saaathis,

You all must have got the word by now ...Narmada is in serious crisis ...Not just the people and the environemnt, but the very project itself today...And unjust politics is also at its peak again ...This is the last and critical leg of the SSP battle...

Thousands of us are to embark on an indefinite mass action of Narmada from April 11th and sit before the Narmada Control Authority from the 13th at Indore. The situation is very serious and highly politicized, since even as there are 2 lakh adiavasis, farmers, fish workers, labourers yet to be rehabilitated in the submergence area, only corruption has increased ten-fold and gross environmental non-compliance has been exposed by the latest Devender Pandey Committee.