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Cost-effective and long-lasting environmental management solutions needed
CSE’s State of India’s Environment Report 2023 identifies areas that are lagging behind Posted on 26 Mar, 2023 05:13 PM

According to the 2023 State of India’s Environment report, put together by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Down To Earth magazine, change is already taking place, but it has to happen much faster and at a much larger scale. It identifies any areas where the country is falling behind.

India generates 150,000 tonne of municipal solid waste every day – more than half of this is either dumped in landfills or remains unattended. (Image: India Water Portal Flickr)
IPCC climate report - a warning call
Synthesis report of IPCC AR6; Grounded action needed to ensure social and ecological justice Posted on 23 Mar, 2023 12:22 PM

The Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report is a warning call for action on the quickly closing opportunity of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees centigrade. Unless fossil fuels are rapidly retired, the impacts of climate change already faced by vulnerable communities will become difficult to handle.

The Sixth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the sixth in a series of reports which assess scientific, technical, and socio-economic information concerning climate change (Image: Wallpaperflare)
Some data is more equal than others: the power of the double click
Access to reliable, verifiable and consent enabled data in the water sector is crucial to connect the dots and derive meaningful inferences from it to use it for public good. Posted on 22 Mar, 2023 03:29 PM

Concurrent newspaper reports with contrary data points on the same subject is not unusual especially when it comes to issues on water. Some of these differences could get rationalized when we normalize for context but for the most part, we would not be able to tell which one is true because the data presented would mostly qualify as claims and not as facts.

Water data, till the last drop (Image Source: José Manuel Suárez from Spain via Wikimedia Commons)
Digital technologies, for locally led water governance
Can digital technologies aid in better decision making and management, governance and distribution of water equitably, transparently and sustainably at the local level? Experiences reveal that technology can often act as double edged sword. Posted on 22 Mar, 2023 09:15 AM

Atpadi, a taluka in Sangli district of southern Maharashtra and  situated in the rain-shadow of the Western Ghats, was often called as ‘the land of dushkal (droughts)’ and experienced one of its worst droughts in 2012,  followed by those again in  2016 and 2019. 

Can digital technologies aid local level decision making? (Image Source: SOPPECOM)
A large-scale training program that actually delivered results
Summary of INREM’s Water Quality Management Course assessment
Posted on 21 Mar, 2023 07:58 PM

The context

Ms. Chandana Biswal using the Safe Water Learning Cards to train other Chemists and Lab Assistants in her District. (Image: Chandana Biswal)
Making rural India water smart
Will it be possible to incentivise and nudge rural communities towards adopting water-smart attitudes and behaviours while getting access to investments and benefits? Posted on 16 Mar, 2023 04:41 PM

Poor management of water and  over dependence on groundwater is making India a water stressed country, which can spell doom for agricultural productivity. How India manages and governs water will be important in the future. Adopting water smart attitudes and behaviours by rural communities is crucial. How can that be achieved? This book shows the way.

Water smart attitudes to manage water demand in rural India (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Jharkhand's agroforestry potential
Study identifies 513 out of 32,620 villages in Jharkhand as potentially suitable for agroforestry work Posted on 16 Mar, 2023 12:29 PM

In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including enhancing livelihood, decreasing poverty, preserving the environment and biodiversity, and reversing climate change, agroforestry areas should be expanded in a variety of ways.

Agroforestry crops need land with sufficient soil moisture and low erosion for their continuous growth (Image: World Agroforestry)
Providing access to safe drinking water to transform 10,000 lives in several Indian states
Halma and WaterAid's focus was on sustainability of existing water sources Posted on 13 Mar, 2023 08:57 PM

More than 10,000 people in Bhagalpur and Buxar districts of Bihar have been given access to life-saving clean, drinking water through Halma plc’s Water for Life campaign in partnership with WaterAid.

Rubi, Buxar district’s field coordinator for WaterAid India, performs water testing to examine the quality of drinking water in the village of Bicchu Ka Dera, Buxar, India. 25 May 2022. (Image: WaterAid/ Anindito Mukherjee)
Reaping the benefits of skilling from water testing
Women gain expertise from water testing Posted on 12 Mar, 2023 05:30 PM

Even as the entire world was tackling COVID-19, a revolution was taking place in India during the years 2021–22.

JJM has allocated 2% for Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance (Image: Anita Martinz, Wikimedia Commons)