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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)
Could the water towers of Asia be drying up soon?
As climate change and urbanisation threaten water security in the HKH region, there is an urgent need for good water governance. aartikelkar posted 1 year 11 months ago

The Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) cover 3500 kms across eight countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
Hazardous waste rules amended
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 11 months ago

Centre amends hazardous and other wastes rules 2016 to ban import of solid plastic waste

Different types of plastic waste displayed at a sanitation park. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Women and Water
On International Women's Day today, we take a look at the critical connects between gender and water. priyad posted 1 year 11 months ago

In India, women often travel long distances to fetch water. This in turn affects school attendance for young girls, and has a domino effect on other development indicators. Women and girls are an important stakeholder to be considered in the design of interventions and programmes to ensure access to safe water for all.

Women and water: a critical connect
Pollution affects Ganga's riverbed sediment: Study
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years ago

Not just surface water, pollution leads to deficit in dissolved oxygen in Ganga's riverbed sediment: Study

The Ganga river (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
River basin governance: Learnings from Cauvery conflict
While the recent ruling of the Supreme court on the Cauvery conflict opens up new possibilities, a push for holistic and interdisciplinary river basin governance is required. aartikelkar posted 2 years ago

The river Cauvery—an inter-state river shared by the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, as well as the Union Territory of Pondicherry—has often been in the news for the fight over its waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. What dominates the issue is the conflicting demands for irrigation from the plateau region of Karnataka and the delta region in Tamil Nadu.

Cauvery river at Hogenakal, Karnataka. (Source: IWP Flickr Photos via Claire Arni and Oriole Henri)
Mumbai-Ahmedabad train corridor gets wildlife clearance
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years ago

Wildlife clearance granted to Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train corridor

Flamingos at Sewri wetland in Mumbai (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
FAQ – Sediment management
A river is a body of flowing sediment as much as one of flowing water. Here’s all you want to know about sediment in action in rivers. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 years 1 month ago

What are sediments? Why do rivers carry sediment? Where does it all go? What happens to the sediment along the way? Have human actions modified the way a river works or carries sediment? How can sediments in rivers and reservoirs be managed? Here is all the information that you need to know about sediment and its management better.

A river becomes a checkerboard of water and silt. (Image: Ashok Boghani, CC BY-NC 2.0, Flickr Commons)
Committee for action against water contamination
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 1 month ago

Devise time-bound plan to address water contamination: Parliamentary committee

People fight for their rights to clean and safe drinking water. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
What's killing the Ganga?
Nothing represents India's environmental problems as well as The Ganga river. Polluted to the hilt and sucked dry by dams, the Ganga suffers as the government pays lip service to its clean-up. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 years 1 month ago

"An eternal life free of sins" is the promise that comes attached with the magnificent occasion of Kumbh Mela. The 2019 Ardh Kumbh that takes place once in six years is just around the corner. Starting January 15, crores of people from around the world will take a dip in the Triveni Sangam—the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna.

Alakananda near Badrinath temple (Image: Shitha Valsan, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA-4.0 Int)
Kerala, HP, TN top development goal index
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 2 months ago

Himachal, Kerala, TN front-runners in NITI Aayog index on development goals

Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 as a part of the 2030 agenda. (Source: Wikipedia Commons)