Lakes, Ponds and Wetlands

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June 27, 2022 Heavy metal pollution is poisoning the East Kolkata wetlands, affecting fish and posing a threat to the health of humans who depend on this fish for their food. Urgent action is needed!
Fishermen use wastewater in Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
June 4, 2022 Freshwater ecosystems in India are in peril. We invite comments on this vision document by TNC-India, FES and Ooloi labs that highlights future actions needed to save them.
Freshwater ecosystems, in peril! (Image Source: The Nature Conservancy, India)
May 10, 2022 Freshwater ecosystems are not mere sources of water, they are treasure troves of biodiversity. Know more about the fascinating and diverse animal species that inhabit freshwater habitats in India.
Freshwater ecosystems, treasure troves of biodiversity (Image Source: India Water Portal)
June 24, 2021 Freshwater ecosystems in India are known to harbour rich biodiversity, but their health is being increasingly challenged in recent years. And the East Kolkata Wetlands are no exception!
Fishermen use wastewater from Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
June 4, 2021 Meet these real-life heroes, who with their consistent and tireless efforts created an impact and turned their local areas into examples to follow.
Meet the water warriors who made a significant change in their own unique way (Image Source: Environment Club)
April 8, 2021 The village institution collectively framed rules for the governance and management of these water commons
The efforts have resulted in the revival of the ponds. (Image: FES)
Extreme events take 231 lives during pre-monsoon: IMD
News this fortnight Posted on 28 Jun, 2022 02:34 PM

IMD seasonal analysis shows 231 lives lost during the pre-monsoon season due to extreme weather events

Floods during pre-monsoon season claim 81 lives this year. Photo for representation only (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Three mining projects in Chhattisgarh’s Hasdeo Arand forest on hold following protests
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 28 Jun, 2022 08:05 AM

Chhattishgarh government puts three mining projects in Hasdeo Arand forest on idefinite hold 

A devastated forest at a coal mining site. Photo for representation only (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Poisoned wetlands, toxic fish
Heavy metal pollution is poisoning the East Kolkata wetlands, affecting fish and posing a threat to the health of humans who depend on this fish for their food. Urgent action is needed! Posted on 27 Jun, 2022 12:23 PM

The East Kolkata Wetlands, often referred to as the ‘Kidneys of East Kolkata’, are located on the eastern periphery of Kolkata Metropolitan area and cover 12,500 hectares of area.

Fishermen use wastewater in Kolkata to rear fish (Image Source: India Water Portal)
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)
India's rank continue to fall in the global SDGs Report
News this fortnight Posted on 08 Jun, 2022 12:03 PM

India ranks 121 in the global Sustainable Development Report, 2022

Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 as a part of the 2030 agenda. (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
Conserving India’s freshwater ecosystems: A shared vision
Freshwater ecosystems in India are in peril. We invite comments on this vision document by TNC-India, FES and Ooloi labs that highlights future actions needed to save them. Posted on 04 Jun, 2022 12:43 PM

We invite you to share your comments in the feedback form at the end of this article

Freshwater ecosystems are a basis of life and a precious resource, not only because freshwater is limited, but also because of the rich biodiversity they support and the valuable ecosystem services they provide.

Freshwater ecosystems, in peril! (Image Source: The Nature Conservancy, India)
India’s fantastic freshwater fauna and where to find them
Freshwater ecosystems are not mere sources of water, they are treasure troves of biodiversity. Know more about the fascinating and diverse animal species that inhabit freshwater habitats in India. Posted on 10 May, 2022 05:28 PM

This story originally ran on Cool Green Science, the conservation blog of The Nature Conservancy. It is used here with permission.

Freshwater ecosystems, treasure troves of biodiversity (Image Source: India Water Portal)
JJM coverage low in rural households of several large states: Parliamentary panel
News this fortnight Posted on 06 Apr, 2022 03:38 PM

Several large states have low coverage of JJM in rural households: Panel expresses displeasure

Drinking water provision in rural school and hygiene (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Jal Shakti Ministry releases DPRs for the revival of 13 rivers
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 24 Mar, 2022 09:13 AM

Centre releases DPRs to rejuvenate 13 rivers other than Ganga

River Mahanadi in Chhattisgarh (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Community members pursue common good
An effective partnership between a CSR organization, an implementing NGO, and the community towards protecting a water body Posted on 12 Mar, 2022 09:27 AM

In June 2021, Rio Tinto India Pvt Ltd initiated a pond rejuvenation activity at village Kherla, in Sohna block, Gurugram district of Haryana, which was implemented by S M Sehgal Foundation.

Walkway around pond, with solar lighting (Image: S M Sehgal Foundation)
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