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February 12, 2021 The havoc points to the faultlines in the developmental planning of ecologically sensitive areas.
The glacial burst in Chamoli is nature’s way of telling the state not to play havoc with the local ecology. (Image: Down to Earth)
December 26, 2019 Policy matters this week
The Mandovi river disputed between Karnataka and Goa (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
December 6, 2019 A report by the India Rivers Forum highlights the need to focus further than the main stem of the Ganga river.
Distant snow clad mountains, the smaller hills and the Ganga river (Image: Srimoyee Banerjee, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
November 27, 2019 Policy matters this week
An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
If she built a country: A film review
The film looks at corporate grab of forest and private lands in the Scheduled Areas of Chhattisgarh. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 8 months ago

Maheen Mirza’s film ‘Agar wo desh banati/ If she built a country’ looks at the widespread displacement on an unprecedented scale for mines and industries in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.

The documentary brings attention to how development interventions changed gender relations (Image courtesy: People's Film Collective)
Centre holds green signal to Kalasa-Banduri project
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 8 months ago

Green signal to Kalasa-Banduri project held

The Mandovi river disputed between Karnataka and Goa (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Only one out of five river basins in the country resilient to climate change: Study
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 9 months ago

Study finds, only one out of five river basins in the country can cope with climate change

Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Locals reject social impact assessment report of Luhri II hydropower project
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 9 months ago

Locals say impact assessment report does not accurately represent the real impact of Luhri II hydropower project

Sutlej river in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh (Image source: Sanyam Bahga, Wikipedia)
Holistic approach needed to clean the Ganga
A report by the India Rivers Forum highlights the need to focus further than the main stem of the Ganga river. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 9 months ago

The National Mission for Cleaning Ganga was set up in 2014 and the Namami Gange programme was launched the year after, with a budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore. The implementation of the flagship programme was followed by the framing of a draft National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill, 2019 to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.

Distant snow clad mountains, the smaller hills and the Ganga river (Image: Srimoyee Banerjee, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
CGWB signs MoU for participatory groundwater management
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 9 months ago

MoU signed for groundwater management through community intervention

An irrigation well at Randullabad, Maharashtra (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Shoddy impact assessments, mining and ruin in Goa
A study finds that weak environmental assessment reporting on the adverse impacts of mining has spelled doom for Goa’s environment. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year 9 months ago

Development and its impact on the environment has long been a contentious issue in India, where lack of adequate monitoring and control mechanisms have led to severe degradation of land, water and forest resources. Mining activities in Goa have not only poisoned its land and water, but also affected livelihoods by negatively impacting agriculture, fisheries and forests.

A mining site in India (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Manual scavenging persists in India due to weak enforcement of laws
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 10 months ago

Manual scavenging still prevails in India thanks to weak laws, says study

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Climate shocks and gender vulnerabilities in the Upper Ganga basin
Study points to vulnerabilities faced by women in the mountains and plains of Uttarakhand, which is likely to only increase with climate change. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 10 months ago

Socially constructed notions of the different roles and responsibilities of men and women have a huge bearing on access to and control over resources, and subsequently on their vulnerabilities. More often than not, this leads to vulnerabilities that are skewed towards women, more than men.

Ganga's riverflow at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand (Image courtesy: Ankit Singh; Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)
MoRD asks states to focus on water conservation and harvesting in MGNREGA to help achieve Jal Jeevan Mission targets
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 10 months ago

Focus on water conservation in MGNREGA: Rural Development ministry to states

Image source: The Indian Express
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