Sustainability

  • Van Mahotsava is an annual tree planting festival which was initiated by Shri Kulapati Kanaiyalal Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food, Government of India, in 1950 to create awareness about the importance of trees and conservation of forests. Since then, this plantation drive has bee...
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  • Prime Minister Modi pitches for a collective effort to overcome water crisis in the country Taking note of the looming water crisis in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made three requests to the nation during his Mann Ki Baat radio address this past Sunday. He urged all Indians to crea...
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  • Decentralised and communitarian efforts in soil and water conservation, sustainable agriculture, afforestation and renewable energy need extensive investment, if the human race is to survive the deepening water, food, energy and climate crises. Moreover, since these crises most affect the poor who ...
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  • Centre launches Jal Shakti Abhiyan To tackle the water crisis looming the country, the Centre launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign focussing on 1,592 stressed blocks in 256 districts across the country. The Jal Shakti Abhiyan will focus on five key aspects - water cons...
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  • Water scarcity has a history … and that history is nothing less than the history of government. – Alatout, 2008. Attempts to privatize water may have increased globally in the recent past, but in more general terms, governments largely control water as in India, where water is a state subject....
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  • Government to launch rural piped water scheme Taking note that more than 80 percent rural households in the country are yet to get piped water supply, the government plans to launch a new mission to ensure water from the tap for each house in villages in the next five years. Union Jal Shakti minist...
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  • Sustainable development, still an unfinished agenda In the fourth year into their implementation, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim at reducing developmental disparities in different parts of the world continue to be a cause for concern, with many international bodies urging for fas...
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  • INTRODUCTION On 30th May, the new government took oath to serve the nation. The celebrations on that scorching summer evening at Rashtrapati Bhavan echoed hollow with more than 500 million people vulnerable to severe drought in the country. India is currently going through an extended dry spell wit...
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  • Surya Ganga, a film directed by Valli Bindana takes an all embracing view of the energy sector, especially the social and environmental consequences of big energy projects in India. The film was released in India recently. The story begins with an inquisitive six-year-old girl along with her mother ...
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  • Mountain ecosystems are highly sensitive due to ecological fragility, geomorphologic instability but are blessed with vast eco biodiversity. Climate change impacts in the form of temperature rise, unpredictable and decreased rainfall, glacier melt, prolonged summers and short winters and changes in ...
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  • Urban India needs to take air pollution more seriously than it does now. The Centre for Science and Environment’s report, State of India's Environment 2019 has come up with startling facts on the state of air in the country. “Air pollution is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in India. ...
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  • India's food system produces large environmental impacts but these vary by diets. The per capita environmental impacts of diets in India are currently lower than those of many high-income countries due, in part, to habitually low consumption of animal source foods. But, this relatively low per capit...
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  • India's water situation alarming As per the Central Water Commission (CWC), the water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country towards the end of May was 31.65 billion cubic meters, which is 20 percent of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The data by the India Meteorolo...
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  • Sarla Yadav, a resident of Yamuna Ghat 24 is a treasure trove of stories on the river Yamuna. She runs a boat business with her son Shyam who provides a nuanced personal account of living by the river and of eking out a meagre livelihood by plying boats. They are among a few families who have not so...
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  • At most inter-state boundaries, Ganga's faecal coliform level exceeds limit As per the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the faecal coliform level in the Ganga river is found to be three to 12 times higher than the permissible level at most inter-state boundaries. At 12 t...
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  • Nearly 790,000 anti-drought works under MGNREGA incomplete or abandoned According to the data collated by the Ministry of Rural Development, a total of 790,000 anti-drought works, worth Rs 417 crore, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) are either incomplete...
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  • The recent data from the Central Water Commission (CWC), released on May 9, 2019 reveals a reassuring situation of water storage in the river basins of India. The overall water storage in the 91 reservoirs monitored is slightly more (105 percent) when compared to the average water storage over the l...
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  • Centre issues drought advisory to six states Taking note of water levels dipping in dams to a critical level, the Centre has issued a drought advisory to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The advisory recommends the states to use water for drinking purpose o...
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  • As the world’s largest democracy is all geared for its biggest test - for voters to select their Members of Parliament and the Prime Minister, the top issues that dominate the electoral agenda at the national level have been increased jobs opportunities, controlling inflation, and reducing farmers...
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  • Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities impacting agriculture and food production as well as the morale of millions of farmers in India. Recent studies show that the frequency of droughts is increasing. While droughts are known to cause severe rural distress, little is known on how ge...
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Arecanut farmers in Karnataka are reeling from dipping groundwater levels and infrequent water supply for irrigation. In this article, some solutions are proposed.

Arecanut is generally grown in the Malnad area of Karnataka, which receives high rainfall. However, it is also grown in dry land areas of Tumkur district, also in Karnataka, using groundwater. Arecanut cultivation area doubled from 5851 hectares in 1990-91 (Kumar 2003) to 12,628 hectares in 2001-02 (DES GoI); and nearly doubled to 22,058 hectares in 2008-09 (DES GoI).

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People come together to dig community ponds in Dungarpur, to fight water scarcity.

While most parts of the country are facing a water crisis, here’s a case from the arid state of Rajasthan, where decentralized initiatives are solving water issues. Dungarpur in southern Rajasthan has exemplified how community participation with local level planning processes are working towards improving rainwater harvesting and recharge of groundwater.

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India’s water crisis likely to worsen as demand projected to exceed supply by 2050, says report

NITI Aayog, the Government of India’s policy think tank, recently released the second edition of the Composite Water Management Index to enable effective water management in Indian states. It warns that the country will lose 6% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2050 because of a water crisis. The annual per capita availability of water is expected to reduce to 1,140 cubic metres by 2050, near to the official water scarcity threshold of 1,000 cubic metres.

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Desertification at high altitudes increasing due to melting of glaciers, causing concern and a push to devise preventive adapation strategies.

Greater Noida, September 5 (India Science Wire): Degradation of land, which leads to the process of desertification, is not limited to arid and semi-arid areas but is also visible in high altitude regions that get very little rainfall and are known as cold deserts.

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Team Malhar, students of Water Policy and Governance (WPG) and alumni of Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai in partnership with RRA Network proudly present the third annual session of "WATER TALK SERIES" on 7th September, 2019 at TISS, Mumbai

September 7, 2019 9:30AM - September 7, 2019 5:30PM
September 6, 2019 12:30PM

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It is time water policies in India acknowledge that many large dams have aged and can no longer be looked upon as the only path to water security.

India is reeling from a severe water crisis. Large parts of the country are experiencing water-stress worsened by the ever increasing demand for water due to population growth, rapid urbanisation, changing lifestyles and consumption patterns, inefficient use of water and climate change.

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A study develops a peri-urban and rurban water and sanitation index for Pune.

Drinking water programs in India treat urban and rural areas separately, generally neglecting the special characteristics of settlements referred to as peri-urban – those on the outskirts or peripheries of urban areas, or “rurban” settlements i.e. rural areas with urban facilities.

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A study shows how the open space on the western bank of the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad acts as a heat sink.

A study published in the Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, analyzing the cooling effect of the city of Ahmedabad’s water bodies, has thrown up some interesting findings. The east bank of the Sabarmati river, which flows through Ahmedabad, was found to be significantly cooler than the west bank, witnessing a greater drop in temperature even during summer. The study provides direct evidence of how water bodies affect temperature variations.

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Rains wreak havoc in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab

Following the southern states witnessing heavy rainfall and floods this monsoon, the northern parts of India are now also experiencing incessant rains.

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During the monsoon, temple tanks in Chennai fill to the brim with water, helping in groundwater recharge.

Besides showcasing the architectural expertise and aesthetics of their time, temple tanks also play an extremely important role as water storage systems in Chennai. Chennai has 39 temple tanks (excluding the suburban area) according to a study conducted in 2008.  As the rains arrived, a few temple tanks in the city were filled to the brim with water, thus helping in groundwater recharge while offering a spectacular view for devotees.

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