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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. aartikelkar posted 1 day 10 hours 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? aartikelkar posted 5 days 3 hours 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. aartikelkar posted 5 days 10 hours ago
From waste to value: The miracle of composting (Image Source: India Water Portal) at h
Meghalaya villages join hands to save environment and bolster women empowerment
Villages in Meghalaya have not only successfully dealt with their water problems, but also encouraged women to get involved in the process. And the effects have been for all to see! aartikelkar posted 1 week 5 days ago
Water collected at a mega dam in a village in Meghalaya (Image Source: KM-MBDA)
Ahar pynes: Traditional flood harvesting systems of South Bihar
The Ahar pynes of South Bihar are a classic example of a community managed irrigation systems and need urgent revival. aartikelkar posted 2 weeks ago
Ahar Pyne system in Gaya, South Bihar  (Image courtesy: Hindi Water Portal)
Leave no household behind
Access to basic entitlements is a critical safety net for vulnerable communities. aartikelkar posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
Basic entitlements, a safety net for vulnerable communities (Image Source: India Water Portal Flickr photos)
Women hold the key to dietary diversity
A study finds that women's control over income and better decisionmaking power can go a long way in improving dietary diversity and tackling malnutrition in rural India. aartikelkar posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
Empowering women to improve nutritional outcomes (Image Source: India Water Portal)
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). aartikelkar posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Farm women, overworked and underpaid (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Forests, the fast disappearing treasure troves of forest dwellers
Rapidly disappearing forests are not only a threat to the biodiversity, but spell death knell for the livelihoods of forest dwellers who depend on them for food and survival. aartikelkar posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Dried mahua flowers (Image Source: Pankaj Oudhia via Wikimedia Commons)
Water wisdom of the Gonds of Garha Mandla
A peek into history shows how the Gonds of Garha Mandla managed their water needs with great ingenuity and wisdom by constructing and maintaining water tanks . aartikelkar posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
Kolatal, a traditional tank in Garha region of Jabalpur (Image Source: K. G. Vyas)
Where does the water in a well come from?
In the water sector, the focus on fixing demand and supply is taking us away from the real problem - the unnoticed groundwater dependencies in ever-expanding urban India. aartikelkar posted 2 months ago
An open well in Maharashtra (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos) Image used for representational purposes only.
Who is the thirstiest of them all?
A study evaluating the water use efficiency of sugarcane, curry banana and paddy among borewell irrigating farmers finds paddy to be the most inefficient and thirstiest of the three. aartikelkar posted 2 months 1 week ago
Paddy, a thirsty crop (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Farm ponds need pondering
While farm ponds have often been depicted as magic wands to deal with water scarcity, experiences in Maharashtra show otherwise. aartikelkar posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
Farm ponds, often touted as magic wands to tackle water scarcity, have raised a number of concerns (Image Source: Ninad Sargar)
The fast disappearing glaciers of Kashmir
The glaciers located in the Kashmir Himalayas are melting at rapid rates posing a threat to water security in the region!. How is Kashmir coping? aartikelkar posted 2 months 3 weeks ago
Kolahoi glacier in Kashmir (Image Source: Irfanaru via Wikimedia Commons)
Holy waters, unholy outcomes!
A study found that mass bathing events in the Kshipra river not only led to high pollution, but also to the presence of multidrug resistant pathogenic bacteria in its waters, posing a risk to health. aartikelkar posted 3 months ago
A priest offers water to the sun at Ramghat on the Kshipra river at Simhastha (Image Source: Makarand Purohit)
Think, before you have your cup of tea!
Women workers from tea plantations in India are overworked and underpaid. Voiceless, without any rights at the workplace, and their health compromised, they continue to suffer in silence. aartikelkar posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
Women workers at a tea plantation in Assam (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Building awareness to changing behaviour: A paradigm shift with digital technology
Use of online training has not only helped rural and urban residents and government in Maharashtra to become more aware, but also empowered them to take collective action to tackle the pandemic. aartikelkar posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
Rural training at the doorstep (Image Source: UNICEF)
When solving one problem triggers another
Use of guppy fish to control mosquito populations in water bodies has given rise to another problem - that of its negative impact on native freshwater diversity. aartikelkar posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
Guppies for mosquito control (Image Source: Rchampagne via Wikimedia Commons)
Controlling epidemics, in the midst of a pandemic!
While the monsoon threatens to trigger vector borne diseases in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what should we know about vector borne diseases? aartikelkar posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
Mosquitoes, deadly killers in disguise! (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Tank desiltation scheme in Maharashtra: Policy concerns and way forward
Maharashtra has been implementing the Gaalmukt Dharan, Gaalyukt Shivar Yojana (GDGS) scheme since 2017. How has it fared and what needs to be done to improve it further? aartikelkar posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
Desiltation activities undertaken under the GDGS in Maharahstra (Image Source: NASHIKONWEB.COM)