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The 12th Five Year Plan recognises that our current methods of water management have led to inequity. It suggests an approach that involves more input from non-government sources.

In the 60-odd years since we began managing our own resources, we have managed to throttle and poison all our rivers, suck our groundwater resources nearly dry and shave our forests bald. This is despite a great deal of effort, time, thought and resources that have gone into this 'management'.

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Kerala demands review of the Western Ghats order

The State Government has asked the Centre to review its order on eco-sensitive zone in the Western Ghats. The Order was based on the Kasturirangan report that recommended one-third of the Ghats be declared eco-sensitive.

Big mining companies violate environment laws in Odisha

Environment Ministry delinks clearance of power plants from captive mines

The new Environment Minister Veerappa Moily has delinked the green clearance process for a thermal power plant and its source of fuel, a captive coal mine. This will make it easier for the project proponents to get clearance and begin project work sooner.

Policy matters this week: Diarrhoea cases can come down with improved sanitation, SC tells Centre to appoint Regulator for environment matters and new water scheme for rural areas.

Improved sanitation can reduce diarrhoea cases by 47%: World Bank

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Local knowledge, low cost technology, community participation and maximum conservation of available water from natural sources have helped increase available water in Pauri Garhwal.

Despite being endowed with adequate rainfall, most parts of the Himalayas are considered water-stressed for both agricultural and domestic purposes. This is mainly due to the seasonality of precipitation, which is concentrated to the monsoon months. It remains dry for rest of the year. The water crisis in the hills can be attributed to human interventions in the natural springs’ recharge zones. 

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Despite being fed by 84 glaciers, the state fails to optimally use water. Climate change is just one cause for this situation. What can be done to alter this trend?

The term ‘water tower’ has been widely adopted to express the importance of mountains in providing freshwater to downstream areas. In fact, more than half of humanity relies on freshwater from mountain regions (UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation).  

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Hi,

I am from a village in Warangal District called Ramakrishnapur in Parkal Mandal in Andhra Pradesh (pin code - 506391). Nearly 50 people in our village are suffering from the ill-effects of fluoride in water. How can we test the fluoride content in water?

Thanks and Regards
Ram

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