Aarti Kelkar Khambete

Meandering waterways: the interconnectedness of people’s action on water availability
Water demand and availability cannot be viewed in isolation. It is rather an outcome of the whole set of actions that people undertake to improve their lives and enhance their livelihoods. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 months 2 weeks ago
Improving water availability in Mogras. Image used for representation only (Image Source: WOTR)
Managing groundwater demand: the way forward
Substituting groundwater irrigation by canal irrigation will not help in maintaining the current levels of food production in India. Managing groundwater demand will, finds a study. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 8 months 3 weeks ago
Groundwater, a valuable resource! (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Baravas - Unique water harvesting structures of Maharashtra
Baravas, the unique water harvesting structures of Maharashtra continue to stand the test of time. Urgent efforts need to be made to conserve them and learn from them! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months ago
A barav from Limb village in Satara district, Maharashtra (Image Source: Aarti Kelkar Khambete)
Dams and distress in the Himalayas!
Hydropower projects and compensatory afforestation plantations are spelling doom for the fragile Himalayan forest ecosystems. Urgent action is the need of the hour! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months ago
100 MW Tidong-I project, Kinnaur HP (Image Source: Manu Moudgil)
Living glasshouses - in the water!
Diatoms, that abound in freshwater ecosystems not only generate 25 percent of oxygen we breathe, but also help save freshwater bodies by detecting pollution! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months 1 week ago
Diatom (Nitzschia sp. - a pollution indicator) along with other algae from a stream (Image Source: Karthick Balasubramanian)
The Uttarakhand disaster: A warning to be better prepared!
The Uttarakhand disaster reaffirms earlier warnings on the fragility of the Himalayan region calling for more careful planning and preparedness in the future! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months 2 weeks ago
A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
Professor Brij Gopal, a tireless advocate of India’s rivers!
Professor Brij Gopal, a tireless advocate of India’s rivers passed away in Delhi last week. We, at the India Water Portal are extremely saddened by this news. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months 3 weeks ago
River Ken in Madhya Pradesh (Image Source: Shivamd2d via Wikimedia Commons)
Bengaluru lakes, in crisis!
Urban wetlands are increasingly under threat in cities such as Bengaluru! Community participation and better planning, management and monitoring of urban spaces is the need of the hour! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 9 months 3 weeks ago
Ulsoor lake, Bengaluru (Image Source: Subhashish Panigrahi via Wikimedia Commons)
Breathing life into the dying rivers of Pune!
Jeevitnadi continues with its mission to breathe life into Pune’s rivers and has been awarded the prestigious Bhagirath Prayas Samman 2020 this year! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 10 months ago
Mutha, the lifeline of Pune city (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Cereals drain India dry
A study on virtual water flows in interstate trade of cereals in India shows that cereals are rapidly draining the states that have the most critical levels of groundwater. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 10 months 1 week ago
Cereals and millets at a bazaar in Nizampet, Hyderabad (Image Source: Aditya Madhav, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)
Unsafe drinking water burdens urban poor
While urban poor in Delhi are forced to access water from informal sources, this water is highly contaminated posing multiple risks to health. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 10 months 1 week ago
Safe drinking water, a valuable resource  (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
The fast disappearing traditional water harvesting structures of Rajasthan
Lack of community ownership and local governance are spelling doom for the once royal and resilient traditional water harvesting structures of Rajasthan. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 10 months 3 weeks ago
Toorji Ka Jhalara, Jodhpur (Image Source: Rituja Mitra)
Digital water infrastructure to help India become water independent
Digital water infrastructure has a great potential in solving India's water crisis by preventing wastage and encouraging optimum use of water. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 10 months 4 weeks ago
Smart water meters for efficient use of scarce water resources (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Crafts bloom in the parched Thar desert!
Communities from the harshest part of the country, the Thar desert, cope with drought, through their art. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 months 1 week ago
Art, to deal with drought (Image Source: Rituja Mitra)
Plundered rivers, vanishing ecosystems: Sandmining in India’s west
While sandmining is increasingly killing rivers in India, what is the state of rivers in western India? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 months 1 week ago
River sand continues to be plundered for the construction industry (Source: P Jeganathan/Wikimedia Commons)
Connecting the dots: Reimagining water security at scale
Can digital technology aid in bringing samaj, bazaar and sarkar closer to solve water and livelihood issues? What do learnings from the ground show? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 months 2 weeks ago
Connecting the dots (Image Source: www.kudumbshree.org, kudumbashree via Wikimedia Commons)
Not in the interest of women farmers!
The new farm related bills will spell doom for women workers who form the bulk of small and marginal sections of Indian agriculture, warns Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM). Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 months 2 weeks ago
Farm women, overworked and underpaid (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Reviving traditional tanks to control floods in Chennai
A study finds that desilting and reviving traditional tanks in Chennai can greatly help in mitigating the impacts of frequent floods in the city. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 months 3 weeks ago
A small tank near Thalambedu in Kanchipuram (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Patterns of social exclusion in watershed development in India
How have watershed development projects fared in India? Have they helped in better distribution of benefits among the poor and marginalised? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year ago
Watershed development: Towards equitable outcomes (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Helping nature take its course: Composting!
While urban areas are being engulfed by a sea of garbage, the need of the hour is to think about recycling waste that we generate at the source, so as to avoid sending it to the landfills. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 year ago
From waste to value: The miracle of composting (Image Source: India Water Portal) at h
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