Aarti Kelkar Khambete

Banni grasslands, a lifeline for Maldharis from Kachchh district of Gujarat
Pastoralism is not just an economic activity for the Maldharis residing in the Banni grasslands, but a way of life in which pastoralists, livestock, land and culture are inseparable parts of a dynamic ecosystem. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 21 hours 18 minutes ago
Maldharis grazing buffaloes on grasslands (Image Source: A. J. T. Johnsingh, WWF-India and NCF via Wikimedia Commons)
Meter, Measure, Manage: Engineering a data-based approach for water conservation
Kritsnam where engineering meets hydrology, founded by K. Sri Harsha focuses on developing accurate, easy to install, temper-proof, and weather-proof smart water metering solutions to deal with the growing water crisis in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 day 8 hours ago
An AI generated image, highlighting water shortage and use of tankers to provide water but water being wasted when available (Image Source: Praharsh Patel)
The conundrum of water quality in urban water supply in India
This article argues for the need to explore an alternative model of decentralised treatment and non-pipe mode of water supply to overcome the issues of water quality in cities in India. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 days 9 hours ago
Piped water, but is it safe water? (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
A silent crisis in Indian farmlands: The disappearing trees
Millions of trees are fast disappearing from India's farmlands. What are its implications for agriculture and the environment? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 6 days 10 hours ago
Disappearing trees over Indian farmlands (Image Source: WOTR)
India experiments with parametric insurance to mitigate costs of disasters
News this fortnight Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 week 6 days ago
Life during floods in Assam (Image Source: Kausika Bordoloi via Wikimedia Commons)
Urbanisation eats away Bengaluru's lakes
How has urbanisation affected Bengaluru's lakes? This study explores. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 2 weeks 2 days ago
Puthenhalli lake, Bengaluru (Image Source: SlowPhoton via Wikimedia Commons)
Aquatic insects choke as heavy metals poison Asan wetland
This study found that heavy metal pollution led to decrease in the density and diversity of aquatic insects that are crucial for maintaining the ecological balance of the Asan wetland in Uttarakhand. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Asan wetland in Dehradun, Uttarakhand (Image Source: Ashish Gaur via Wikimedia Commons)
Untying the knots: Improving water governance in Nainital
Multiple institutions with overlapping jurisdictions, unclear mandates leading to accountability gaps are hindering efficient water governance in Nainital town, that is in the grip of a water crisis. Urgent action is needed! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 3 weeks 2 days ago
Naini lake in nainital (Image Source: Harshvardhan Thakur via Wikimedia Commons)
Bihar's Nagi and Nakti wetlands recognised as Ramsar sites
News this fortnight Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 4 weeks 1 day ago
The Nagi dam bird sanctuary (Image Source: Hilfiger28 via Wikimedia Commons)
WASH facilities evade tribals 
What is the state of tribal populations in the context of WASH indicators and access to WASH facilities? A study explores. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month ago
A rural toilet (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Valuing ecosystem services provided by land commons
Common lands are not wastelands. They provide valuable ecosystem services that have a high economic value, and play a crucial role in sustaining lives and supporting livelihoods. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month ago
Land commons, valuable assets that need urgent attention (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Common lands are not wastelands
What are common lands? What is the state of common lands in India? This IFPRI discussion paper explains. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month ago
Cows grazing in a pastureland in Karnataka (Image Source: Pradeep Kumbhashi via Wikimedia Commons)
Azolla, a floating fern that drinks oil
Azolla pinnata, a floating water fern provides a unique environmentally friendly approach to mitigate the negative impacts of oil spills and promote cleaner water bodies. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 1 week ago
Azolla pinnata, water fern that drinks oils (Image Source: Yercaud-elango via Wikimedia Commons)
Solar powered irrigation improves nutritional outcomes in Chattisgarh tribals
News this fortnight Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
Solar power use in a Tamil Nadu farm (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Spatial variations of water poverty determinants in Maharashtra
This study from Maharashtra underlines the importance of exploring intra-district variations among components of water poverty to aid in local-scale policy-making for better water resource management. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
Local level water poverty assessment important for better water resource management (Image Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Economic viability of drip irrigation in Maharashtra
A benefit-cost ratio analysis of cultivation of banana, sugarcane and cotton in Maharashtra indicated that drip investment for all three crops was economically viable with and without subsidy. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Economic viability of micro irrigation (Image: Anton: Wikimedia Commons)
Bioengineered slopes save Nog village in Himachal from floods
News this fortnight Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Floods in Himachal. Image for representation purposes only (Image Source: Pinakpani via Wikimedia Commons)
Water reuse: Panacea for parching cities
Boson White Water sets an example for water starved cities such as Bangalore by following a sustainable decentralised approach to manage wastewater and treat it for reuse. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Wastewater reuse plant at Boson White Water (Image Source: Manisha Shah)
Preventing contamination of river Danro in Jharkhand
Local microlevel water quality assessments, proactive measures such as floating bed remediation and immediate regulatory actions are urgently need to save the river Danro from further deterioration. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
Domestic sewage is one of the important pollutants of river Danro. Image for representation purposes only. (Image Source: Sangram Jadhav via Wikimedia Commons)
How do your everyday choices impact the world's resources?
The surprising connection between Wikipedia, beaches, and your water bottle. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 4 weeks ago
A top down image of a lush green forest in a sacred grove in Meghalaya (Image created by: Sreechand Tavva)