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November 4, 2021 India must collaborate with other countries to create a Global Resilience Reserve Fund to act as insurance against climate shocks: CEEW study.
Bihar floods of 2008 (Image: M Asokan, Public Resource.org)
October 15, 2021 Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’
Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
October 4, 2021 Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission experience
Pop culture icons like Gabbar Singh are painted on the walls of a toilet complex in New Delhi (Image: Project Raahat, Enactus)
September 4, 2021 Committed to use the power of all forms of communication to bring about behavioral change and transformation at scale
Villagers participating in shramdaan for making watershed structures (Image: Paani Foundation)
September 1, 2021 Best practices for holistic urban water management in Chennai Metropolitan Area
These bright plastic jugs are ubiquitous in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. (Image: McKay Savage, Flickr Commons; CC BY 2.0)
August 24, 2021 Need to place "gender" at the centre of both international and national water and sanitation agenda
Women fetching water in Rajasthan (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
National and international frameworks vital for implementing nature-based solutions
There is a lack of cohesive regional strategy for implementing nature-based solutions in Asia Amita Bhaduri posted 2 hours 28 minutes ago

Nature‐based solutions (NbS) are a relatively new concept and consist of a range of measures that address various societal challenges, including climate change, natural disasters, food security, human health, water security, and economic and social development, by

Mangrove ecosystem (Image: Sigit Deni Sasmito/CIFOR)
Rajya Sabha passes Dam Safety Bill, 2019
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Rajya Sabha passes Dam Safety Bill after 34 years of drafting

Malampuzha dam in Kerala (Image source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Indore is still very much water minus
Need to abandon costly centralised systems of wastewater management and raise awareness about decentralised systems Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Recently, the city of Indore was declared the first water plus city in India under the Swachh Sarvekshan programme of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development for its ostensibly exemplary wastewater management (Hindustan Times, 2021).

Water harvesters cleaning up water hyacinth from the rivers in Indore (Image: Rahul Banerjee)
Managing disasters in the hills
Need to enable communities to be the first responders in case of a disaster Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Just like another day, the mountainous village of Honzar in Dachhan Tehsil in Kishtwar district in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was approaching dawn when the entire village was hit by a deadly cloudburst around four in the morning on July 28

It is at the community level that the effects of disasters are felt the most (Image: Baber Nafice)
Will Darjeeling’s thirst be quenched?
Poor access and mismanagement of the available water resources continue to plague Darjeeling. Can there be a way out? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 months ago

India’s urban population is expected to grow around 800 million by 2050, which is predicted to create major challenges for urban water management.

Darjeeling, in the grip of a water crisis (Image Source: Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons)
Improving access to climate finance critical
India must collaborate with other countries to create a Global Resilience Reserve Fund to act as insurance against climate shocks: CEEW study. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

More than 80% cent Indians live in climate-vulnerable districts, according to a recently released report ‘

Bihar floods of 2008 (Image: M Asokan, Public Resource.org)
Move to amend forest law raises concerns
Comments on the proposed amendments to Forest Conservation Act, 1980: Submission to the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy Amita Bhaduri posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released a 

Dallirajhara forest of Chhattisgarh (Image: Tanvir Khan, Pixabay)
Hand hygiene, a public policy issue
Interventions to promote hand hygiene should be designed based on an understanding of what people care about, says report on ‘State of the world’s hand hygiene’ Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 1 week ago

The simple act of cleaning hands can save lives and reduce illness by helping prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The benefits of hand hygiene in preventing the transmission of infectious diseases have been known since 1850.

Girls learn the value of hand-washing (Image: Kristen Kelleher, USAID, Pixnio)
300 organisations from across the globe call for no climate finance for hydropower
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Hydropower is not fit for climate finance according to 300 organisations worldwide

Gambhir dam near Ujjain (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Understanding the thinking behind IEC in large programs
Lessons from the Swachh Bharat Mission experience Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Our governing ministries in the Centre and in States plan several programs every year for the overall betterment of lives and livelihoods of the masses, and many of them require people to under

Pop culture icons like Gabbar Singh are painted on the walls of a toilet complex in New Delhi (Image: Project Raahat, Enactus)
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