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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)
July 29, 2021 Experiences from participatory groundwater management efforts in Maharashtra
Unless work on managing the demand is undertaken, the notion of ‘infinite’ groundwater will be hard to address. (Image: Rucha Deshmukh, ACWADAM)
July 18, 2021 A new report on a baseline assessment of waste in Haridwar and Rishikesh, two major Ganga cities in Uttarakhand tries to characterize solid and plastic waste
There is a need to develop a robust methodology for inventorizing waste (Image:  Prylarer, Pixabay)
July 8, 2021 A compilation of different state level solar irrigation policies provides a quick snapshot of institutional development of solar irrigation in India.
Different solar irrigation policies in India (Image: IWMI)
Support mechanism needed to halt mass reverse migration
Reverse migration amidst the second wave of COVID-19 Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

Migrant workers had been assured multiple times that an economic lockdown will not be imposed and yet by mid-April reverse migration was in full swing.

Stranded migrant workers during lockdown because of COVID-19 pandemic in Delhi (Image: Sumita Roy Dutta, Wikimedia Commons)
Smothered by heatwaves as climate swings
Effective action needed to avoid extreme heat events Amita Bhaduri posted 3 months 4 weeks ago

In recent times, India has been routinely experiencing abnormally hot days during the summer months of April and May.

A study shows how the open space on the western bank of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad acts as a heat sink. (Image: Emmanuel Dyan, CC BY 2.0)
Managing natural resources at scale in Meghalaya
Improving livelihood opportunities by engaging communities Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months ago

Meghalaya, a small hilly state located in the North Eastern Region of India has an area of 22,429 sq. km., which is 0.68% of the country’s geographical area. The state is divided into three regions: Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills.

Meghalaya's indigenous people historically have immense knowledge about their environment and natural resources. (Image: Meghalaya Basin Management Agency)
Fostering rural livelihoods post COVID
Income loss top concern for rural communities, says study Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months ago

As per a new study conducted by the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) and IIMPACT, an NGO loss of income and livelihood are among the top concerns for rural communities struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Must have protocols for timely action and outreach in times of need (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
About time inland waterways feasibility is reassessed
Serious questions about the dependability of waterways Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 1 week ago

In 2016, 106 rivers or river stretches were declared as national inland waterways, and the development of many of these new waterways along with the already existing ones was prioritized for large scale commercial navigation and shipping.

Dredging in progress on National Waterway-1 (Image: IWAI)
Green panel clears Central Vista project
Policy matters this fortnight Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 1 week ago

Green panel clears Central Vista projects

Rajpath's Central Vista Avenue project (Image: Students of Master in Sustainable Architecture at Central University of Rajasthan, Counterview)
Need to set up an inter-state migration council: NHRC study
Absence of skill assessment and skill certification a major barrier Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 1 week ago

A research study by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on ‘Social security and health rights of mi

The study points out prejudices and discrimination against inter-state migrant workers and how most local people consider migrant labourers as outsiders. (Image: Paradiz, Pixabay)
Migrant workers and human rights
A critical study of India’s COVID-19 lockdown policy Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 1 week ago

India was one of the leading countries to swiftly implement the initial lockdown in March 2020 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, but still, the lockdown failed and within a few months, it joined the list of countries most affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

Need to introduce a new pandemic policy that is more humane, adaptive, and inclusive in nature (Image: Rajesh Balouria, Pixabay)
Migrant workers stranded yet again
81% of the workers reported that work has stopped due to locally declared lockdowns: SWAN study Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

As the death toll and positivity rate in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic stays alarmingly high, lockdowns and other restrictions have been instituted in many parts of the country.

Jeevan Rath 2.0 helped people get back home in June 2020. Migrants from Chhattisgarh were stuck in Pune when CYDA came in contact with them and arranged their transportation and food through support of Jeevan Rath and SwissAid. (Image: Maha C19 PECONet Collaborative/IWP Flickr)
Centre notifies fly ash utilisation draft rules
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Draft rules call for 100 percent utilisation of fly ash in three to five years

An NTPC thermal plant (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
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