Aarti Kelkar Khambete

What’s forest governance without local hand
Multilayered governance and involvement of forest dwellers in the decision making processes can go a long way in managing our forests better. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 7 months ago
Mangar Bani, a green patch between Faridabad and Gurgaon (Image: Pradip Krishen, Facebook)
Could the water towers of Asia be drying up soon?
As climate change and urbanisation threaten water security in the HKH region, there is an urgent need for good water governance. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 8 months ago
A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
Plastic on the green menu
Expanding tourism has led to increasing generation of garbage and plastic wastes in natural reserves in Uttarakhand. Wild animals feast on this garbage increasing their risk of plastic consumption. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 9 months ago
Mountains of garbage can attract a range of animals that feast on it. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
River basin governance: Learnings from Cauvery conflict
While the recent ruling of the Supreme court on the Cauvery conflict opens up new possibilities, a push for holistic and interdisciplinary river basin governance is required. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 9 months ago
Cauvery river at Hogenakal, Karnataka. (Source: IWP Flickr Photos via Claire Arni and Oriole Henri)
Can we gain from changing rains?
While changing rainfall patterns, increased frequency of cyclones, droughts and floods threaten food and water security in India, adaptation strategies to cope with these changes are crucial. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 9 months ago
Changing rainfall patterns in India (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Human activities reduce catchments’ climate resilience
A study finds that only over a third of human-dominated catchments in India are resilient to climate warming. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 years 11 months ago
River Krishna at Wai, Maharashtra (Image Source: India Water Portal)
The garbage siege of our coasts
A study finds that plastic forms the largest component of marine litter that is polluting the beaches in the country. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years ago
Marine litter on one of the Mumbai beaches. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Bengaluru drinks poisoned water
A study finds drinking water in peri-urban areas around Bengaluru has high levels of bacteriological and chemical contaminants making it unfit for consumption. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years ago
Poor drinking water quality can pose a risk to health. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Gene revolution adds to farmer distress
This study finds that Bt cotton has not helped but worsened the situation of farmers in Telangana. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years ago
A farmer picks cotton. (Image Source: Claude Renault via Wikimedia Commons)
The unique Himalayan wetlands
The Himalayan wetlands are under threat due to unregulated urbanisation and unsustainable tourism. Urgent attention at the policy level is the need of the hour. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years ago
A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
Antibiotic use in livestock and superbug risk
A study shows lack of awareness and poor regulatory mechanisms among various reasons behind irrational use of antibiotics in livestock by farmers. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 1 month ago
Small scale farmers with their livestock (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Sacred groves, the water wizards of Uttarakhand
A study from Uttarakhand finds that water from sacred groves conforms to all WHO standards of potability and is of better quality than water from surrounding areas. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 2 months ago
Auli Bugyal, a meadow in Uttarakhand. Auli Bugyal, a meadow in Uttarakhand. (Photo courtesy: Sandeep Brar Jat via Wikimedia Commons)
The art of saving a river
Artist and environmentalist Madhavi Kolte is on a mission to save the dying Mutha in Pune through her drawings and sculptures. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 2 months ago
The highly polluted Mutha river as it flows through Pune. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Desertification: Not just a North Indian problem
A new study finds that manmade activities such as deforestation and mining are to blame for the rise in desertification in the south of India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 3 months ago
Increasing desertification is a challenge India needs to tackle. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Maharashtra’s plastic ban: Another missed opportunity?
The blanket ban on plastic has missed an opportunity to show how government and citizens can work together to deal with the plastic menace. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 3 months ago
Increasing plastic waste is a problem in Maharashtra. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
The mystery of the monsoon
While scientists try to understand this unique phenomenon, the moody and often mysterious monsoon continues to challenge us to explore its different facets. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 3 months ago
Monsoon remains a mystery even now. (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Maharashtra may exempt certain plastic items from ban
Policy matters this week Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 4 months ago
Maharashtra bans plastic. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
When solving one health problem triggers another
Studies reveal that efforts at guinea worm eradication have triggered the spread of hydrofluorosis in Rajasthan. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 5 months ago
A child drinks water from a hand pump. (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Teesta: Stuck between conflict and cooperation
The ongoing conflict between India and Bangladesh over the Teesta is political with little to do with the river itself. Is there any hope for the river? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 5 months ago
The Teesta, upstream of the Gajaldoba barrage in West Bengal. (Image Source: Gauri Noolkar-Oak)
Not a drop to waste
Composite Water Management Index developed by NITI Aayog can be a useful tool in the efficient management of water resources in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 years 6 months ago
Water needs to be managed efficiently. (Image Source: India Water Portal)
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