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Governance by the government must give way to governance by the community if we are to preserve the tanks of Tamil Nadu, which are fast disappearing.

Our day-to-day dependence on fresh water is tremendous, whether for domestic or agricultural use. Theoretically, we know that it is a finite resource and that it can't be taken for granted but in practice, we do. India has an average rainfall of around 1150 mm but lets out nearly 1263 billion cubic metres of water into the sea unutilized. 

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Himachal irked at dam sale

Expressing shock over Jaypee group's sale of the Karcham Wangtoo and Baspa hydropower projects to an Abu Dhabi firm, the state chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the company cannot sell its projects without the government's consent as it has signed an MoU with the state

Kerala has enough sand to last 50 years: Study

El Nino might affect 2014 monsoon

The weather phenomenon that disturbs cloud formation could bring down India's economic growth from the current 6% to 5.2% in the next financial year, says a study by the credit Rating Information Services of India Limited

Centre accepts Kerala's demands on Western Ghats

PM terms Teesta pact with B'desh 'difficult'
India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers. Tension on water sharing continues despite a Joint River Commission seeking solutions since 1972

News this week: Kerala's offshore areas are rich in marine sand, says GSI; JP group sells its hydro projects in HP without settling the tribals' issues; Illegal sand mining kills Chambal's ghariyals.

Kerala seas's rich in sand, says GSI

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Policy matters this week: MoEF approves Kerala's demands on Western Ghats; Committee finds Singrauli pollution a matter of serious concern; Panels set up to manage those displaced by Alamatti dam.

MoEF accepts Kerala's recommendations on Western Ghats

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India's largest pvt hydel project sold

In a deal involving Rs 10,500 crores, Jaypee sells two hydel projects in Himachal Pradesh to an Abu Dhabi firm. The 1000 mega watt Karcham Wangtoo one of them

Rajasthan complains against contaminated water in Satluj

Watershed projects have succeeded in varying degrees in the country. If they are weak in organisational management, it is due to the failure of the co-interveners in providing enough opportunities.

MYRADA has been working on watershed development projects since 1984-85. Through its efforts it had developed a climate of trust and confidence at the field level. Peoples' institutions have emerged and stabilised at various degrees of successes because of these efforts. 

This book analyses the resons for the different degrees of success of these interventions, which includes experiences from projects where the government was involved with NGOs as well as those examples where the government was not involved.

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This paper presents concerns and issues in the context of watershed projects promoted by government and NGOs and the role envisaged for Panchayat Raj Institutions in Hariyali guidelines.

This paper attempts to analyse the impact of several government guidelines related to watershed management on the People's institutions that have emerged in watershed programmes where NGOs have a role. 

This paper is a revised edition of a keynote for a Workshop organised by the India Canada Environment Facility in September 2003. It addresses several concerns and issues related to the practice of forming people's groups for natural resource management.

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To combat the water shortage caused by irregular rainfall as well as crop rotation patterns, the village of Nidhan in Madhya Pradesh implemented options suggested by the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

Nidhan is about 30 km away from its district headquarter Morena, Madhya Pradesh. The village receives an annual average rainfall of 450 mm concentrated in the months of July and August. While much of the village depends on rainfed agriculture, the main source of irrigation in the rabi (winter) season is borewells. There are recurrent droughts in the village and most borewells dry up during low rainfall years. 

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