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May 25, 2022 Enabling a culture of data sharing between programs and reuse of data
Participatory programs such as JJM require a large amount of village-level information on water (Image: Arpit Deomurar, FES)
March 15, 2022 World Resources Institute (WRI) India and the C40 Cities network develop Mumbai’s first-ever Climate Action Plan
The MCAP adopts a scientific evidence-based planning approach to mobilize resources and move from planning to implementation of strategic projects (Image: Deepak Gupta, Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0)
February 28, 2022 Gujarat aims to achieve 100 per cent saturation in tap water connection for every household by October 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission
The SCALE project implemented in villages in semi arid regions enabled ultra-poor groups in project villages improve their access to drinking water (Image: European Union, Flickr Commons)
February 10, 2022 Budget for sanitation sees a decline
Jal Jeevan Mission has picked up pace after two years (Image: Anita Martinz, Wikimedia Commons,  CC-A-2.0 Generic)
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)
Leaving no one behind
National engagement on COVID-19 vaccination and migrants Posted on 25 Jun, 2022 08:17 PM

On 24 June 2022, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) India and the NITI Aayog jointly hosted an event – the National Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccination & Migrants: Leaving No One Behind. 

Migrant workers were more likely to experience a higher burden of COVID-19 infection (Image: ILO Asia-Pacific, Flickr Album)
Regulating water bodies in the Kashmir valley
Implementing the statutory provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act, 2010 for the protection and improvement in the physical integrity of water courses Posted on 19 Jun, 2022 09:48 AM

Nature has bestowed Kashmir valley with abundant water resources on which its vast population depends in myriad ways since time immemorial. People derive their livelihoods from the numerous direct and indirect activities related to these water bodies. In spite of their immense benefits, the water bodies and wetlands are treated as wastelands in Kashmir.

Gil Sar lake, Jammu and Kashmir (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Sustainable investing to surge to US$125 billion in India by 2026
Sustainability investments in India will make up around 40% of AuM by 2026, from the current 15%, as per a report by Benori Knowledge Posted on 18 Jun, 2022 09:59 AM

Climate change consciousness has led to global investment firms prioritising sustainable investments, not only for long-term financial returns but to also provide positive social effects.

Sectors attracting sustainable investments are renewable energy, e-mobility, agritech and waste management (Image: Roadlight, Pixabay)
Assam relief operations: Over 5 lakh people impacted so far
Deadly diseases, sanitation and hygiene needs immediate attention Posted on 28 May, 2022 05:46 AM

Reports of immense damage are continuing to emerge from Assam as the state is reeling under floods followed by incessant rainfall and landslides across many districts. Around 5,75,470 people including 1,15,314 children have been impacted so far.

Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in Assam (Image: Fazlul Alam, PixaHive)
Implementing construction waste management in India
The taxes on recycled products may increase the degree of perceived constraints, says study Posted on 26 May, 2022 11:55 PM

Individual’s attitude and behaviour is crucial for implementing sustainable construction & demolition (C&D) waste management.

Construction waste management has become a major environmental concern in most of the Indian municipalities (Image: Petr K, Wikimedia Commons)
Governance of wastewater treatment and reuse in India
Lack of enforcement of pollution monitoring and control is a major barrier Posted on 26 May, 2022 04:11 PM

Wastewater treatment and reuse practices are limited in India despite the known benefits of preventing water resources pollution and contributing to sustainable production and consumption systems.

The availability of clear guidelines and specific standards with a defined implementation framework for wastewater treatment and reuse is lacking in most states (Image: Ajay Tallam, Wikimedia Commons)
One water, one data
Enabling a culture of data sharing between programs and reuse of data Posted on 25 May, 2022 02:58 PM

Any large-scale water security program by the government needs two things: [i] continuous data - given the dynamic nature of water - its annual replenishment depends on how much rainfall occurs and what farmers decide to grow in that agricultural cycle; and [ii] people who understand this data and continue to maintain the implementation post-intervention.

Participatory programs such as JJM require a large amount of village-level information on water (Image: Arpit Deomurar, FES)
Enabling better water governance
There is a need to bring in a paradigm shift towards democratisation of water Posted on 18 May, 2022 02:41 PM

When UNICEF brought borewell rigs to India in early 1970s to help deal with water shortage, little did we know that it would become a tool for privatising the groundwater in the decades to come. Today, this practice of treating groundwater as a private resource has led to over-exploitation and an increase in mineral contamination as we drill into deeper aquifers in search of water.

Rice farmer irrigating from a shallow well to complement irrigation water from the Nagarjuna irrigation scheme in Krishna river basin, Andhra Pradesh (Image: François Molle, Water Alternatives)
Long-term resilience through MGNREGS assets
The report by IIED identifies policy and design opportunities through which the provision of assets under MGNREGS can improve the long-term resilience of rural beneficiaries. Posted on 23 Apr, 2022 11:47 AM

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is one of the largest social protection programmes in the world, providing guarantee of income to some 55 million people every year.

Work in progress at an NREGA site under 'apna khet, apna kaam' (my field, my work). Medhbanchi, Dungarpur, Rajasthan (Image: UN Woemn Asia and Pacific/Gaganjeet Singh)
Water sustainability assessment of Gurugram
Achieving water use optimization and efficiency in India's upcoming residential townships Posted on 06 Apr, 2022 04:44 PM

The urban population in India was estimated to be 34.5% in 2019, as per the World Bank. There has been an increase in urbanization by almost 4% in the last decade due to a greater number of people migrating from rural areas to cities in search of better job opportunities.

The guidelines developed by Mahindra-TERI CoE can play a pivotal role in aiding townships to move on the path of becoming net water positive (Image: Eatcha, Wikimedia Commons)
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