Fisheries

  • Pakistan asks India to withdraw its troop from the virgin snowAsserts that the presence of Indian troops in Siachen is leading to environmental degradation and pollution in one of the main sources of water in Pakistan.Water sharing issues of new states to be dealt by Central govtCentral governm...
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  • Tribunal favours Karnataka on Almatti dam's heightWinning the legal battle against Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka allowed to raise the height of Almatti reservoir across Krishna river to 524 metres.Master Blaster to bat for sanitationSachin Tendulkar is all set to support UNICEF in pr...
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  • New division dedicated to only Himalayas createdMoEF has formed a separate unit to deal with policy matters related to conservation and development in the Himalayan region. The new division was formally announced in 2011 but became active following the Uttarakhand flash floods.Authorities plan to re...
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  • Andhra coast reels under cyclone HelenFollowing Phailin, cyclone Helen creates a havoc in Krishna and Godavari delta areas of Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone killed seven people and destroyed paddy crops worth Rs. 5000 crore.Rajasthan mute as MP proceeds with dam project in inter-state Ch...
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  • Athirappilly falls is situated 70 km from Kochi city in Kerala's Thrissur district. The 80 ft high falls is a part of the Chalakudy River and originates in the upper reaches of the Sholayar ranges in the Western Ghats. Lush greenery and little streams that cover the winding route up and down to the ...
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  • MoEF finally notifies 37% of Western Ghats as no-go zoneAround 60,000 sq km of Western Ghats across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu notified as Ecologically Sensitive Area. Protests break out in Kerala against implementation of Kasturirangan report on Weste...
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  • An initiative by WASSAN in Andhra Pradesh through community mobilisation.
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  • For more information on the Water Footprint Network, please click here.To view details on the online course, click here.The brochure for the same may be downloaded from below.
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  • For more information on 'The World Fish Migration Day 2014', click here.To know more on the organisation, Mahseer Trsut, click here.For further details on the event, please download the brochure from below.
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  • UNEP launches water quality guidelines for ecosystemsThe United Nations Environment Programme has lauched water quality guidelines for ecosystems at the Budapest water summit. The guidelines focus on sustainable management of global water resources at a time when declining quality and quantity of wa...
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  • Sardar Patel's statue project violates green lawsActivists allege that the statue project near Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat is being carried out without any environmental clearance. Ask MoEF to halt the project.Andhra denies water to KarnatakaOwing to a high demand of water in the Anantpur dis...
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  • Indian Ocean's "hope spots"The Andaman and Nicobar and the Lakshadweep islands have been designated as 'Hope Spots' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As per the IUCN definition, a hope spot is a part of the ocean that needs protection because of its wildlife and significa...
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  • Gujarat government culls protest against weir on the Narmada riverTribal groups and environment activists planning a hunger strike against the proposed Garudeshwar weir on the Narmada river were put under house arrest on October 31, the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel....
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  • Dhanushkodi, bordered by the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, was a major point of entry to India until 1964, when a cyclone devastated the entire town [1]. Now, only a few fisherfolk remain. In the recent past, the town has made headlines for other reasons. The Indi...
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  • The fisherfolk in Kerala have their own distinctive culture and share a special relationship with the sea and the environment. Although they are an important community in the system, they have remained neglected despite the higher socio-economic progress of the state as a whole. The fishing villages...
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  • For further information on the organisation 'Collective for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI)', please click here.For details on the vacancy, click here.The Application details may be downloaded from below.
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  • Lack of research makes it difficult to understand the extent of damage. No department is responsible for documenting or preserving freshwater biodiversity.
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  • The population of Raipur has increased over the years and with it, the demand for land. Encroachment along with the unplanned construction of residential colonies, independent houses, commericial complexes and industrial structures have resulted in 93 lakes disappearing. Even the 37 lakes that are i...
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  • Ministry recommends dividing the country into renewable energy zonesThe Ministry of Renewable Energy in a report has recommended dividing the country into zones to lessen the environmental impact of renewable energy projects based on solar and wind energy. The three zones- go-green, go slow and no-g...
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  • Rains hit 3200 villages in AndhraHeavy rains and floods in the state took 29 human and 555 cattle lives. Destroys 6,597 houses and crops in 5.64 lakh hectares.Montreal Protocol meeting leaves no big impactThe meeting ends with nations agreeing to study hydrofluorocarbons further, but ...
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The state machinery’s face-saving measures during Simhastha saw Kshipra river carrying more muck in her than ever. While the river yearns for revival, the government seems keen on interlinking rivers.

The Madhya Simhastha Maha Kumbh festival, the religious extravaganza that happens once in every 12 years, was held in Ujjain from April 22-May 21, 2016. This year around, the cost to conduct the festival escalated to Rs 5000 crores; more than 15 times the cost incurred for the previous Simhastha held in 2004. 

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While the environmental crisis threatens to impact the ecology and livelihoods in India, business interests take over sustainable solutions.

A number of Asian countries are going through environmental crisis. Nowhere is the impact felt so seriously than in India, where the crisis threatens to affect survival. It is also impacting biodiversity, ecology and livelihoods. In this context, it becomes important to understand how nature and the current environmental crisis are being addressed in policy discourses.

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Our oceans are facing a bleak future. Captain Siddharth Chakravarty speaks about his work in controlling poaching, pollution and other criminal activities at sea

He is called Mobi Dick's Avenger.

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Monsoon delayed by a week, to reach Kerala by June 7: IMD

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Fish traders in the state, which has the highest freshwater fish yield at 2,500 kg per hectare, are mainly groups of Bihari migrants playing to their strengths.

“This is my business, I am nobody’s slave,” says Kapal Nishad. He is one of the over two million migrants who came to Punjab over 20 years ago. Many worked in Ludhiana's industries and Mandi Gobindgarh while others spread out to harvest wheat, sow paddy or pluck cotton over the state's 42 lakh hectares of farmland. Comparatively fewer worked on construction sites, roadside eateries or pulled rickshaws.

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Fishers livelihoods are being directly threatened by mechanised fishing methods and ecologically destructive fishing practices.

Chinna, 35, harvests fish and is engaged on a piece rate basis by the local contractor who has rights to fishing in the village tank in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. At times, Chinna also uses family labour to complete his work. A Bestha by caste, he is witnessing rapid changes in his livelihood in places like his village where long-established fishing communities exist as their right to livelihood is significantly dependent on establishing the right of the communities over water resources--tankwater, in this case.

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Punjab-Haryana at crossroads over the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna canal

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New categorisation of industries

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The Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh is known for its paddy cum fish agriculture. They practice this as well as other sustainable water management techniques that allow them to coexist and thrive.

Ziro Valley, which figures in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a unique cultural landscape, sits at a height of 5600 feet in Arunachal Pradesh. It is inhabited by the Apatani tribe who are completely confined to the valley. With every aspect of Apatani life deeply connected to the sacredness of their landscape, the traditions and systems of their everyday life and livelihoods carry great lessons on sustainable natural resource management.

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Government to install community water purification plants in water toxic zones

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