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CSE fellowship media briefing on Water Bodies in India - Public Spaces, Private Designs

July 26-27, 2011

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

This workshop was supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust
 
Water is keenly contested today. Reports are emerging from across India about water bodies being encroached upon, gobbled up and sucked dry by a combination of forces ranging from industrialisation and urban growth to population pressures and severe pollution.

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Newsletter
     Editorial
    Reviving Catch Water
By Gita Kavarana
    Akashganga: The bounties of rain
By Anil Agarwal
      In focus / cover story
    Are water PPPs here to stay?
     News Updates  
    Delhi Water Shortages on Near Horizon  
 
     Policy  
    UP Stands Up for Groundwater  
     Best Practices
    Narayanpur
    When Krishaks become Bhagiraths
     Science & Technology
    Bamboo drip
    Drip irrigation stat
    Rain in a Bottle
    Water Quality Standards
     Media Point
    Book Review
    Water Frames
     Water Statistics  
 
     Reader's Space  
    Case of Ishwariya Village on Roof top Water Harvesting  
     People for Water
     Contributing Authors
    Gita Kavarana
    gita@cseindia.org
    Nikolas C Steinberg
    water@cseindia.org
    Sumedha Malaviya
    sumedha@cseindia.org
    Romit Sen
    Mohammed Shehfar
    Shehfar@cseindia.org
 

Reviving Catch Water

When we were in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district in December 2010 as part of our interactions with village communities on water issues, we saw that irrigation was largely groundwater-based, like in many other parts of the country. Dhar district is one of the overexploited districts of Madhya Pradesh and is a fluoride affected area. When we asked the farmers why they were not doing any groundwater recharging, they said that although this was necessary, this work was beyond their capacities. And this was in Madhya Pradesh, where the country’s largest watershed development programme was running successfully since 1994, the Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Programme. Our travels across several villages in Madhya Pradesh made us realise that the idea of water harvesting needed to be revived and pushed to gain momentum to become a nationwide movement.

Nearly 12 years ago, CSE launched its campaign on rainwater harvesting. We have come a long way since then – rainwater harvesting is firmly placed in the policy paradigm. Many states have incorporated rainwater harvesting in their policies, laws and schemes. Many NGOs are working on rainwater harvesting and enthusiastic and committed individuals are doing a fantastic job of showing what can be done by simply holding rainwater where it falls. The Central Ground Water Board has prepared a master plan for artificial recharging for the entire country. Yet, there is a yawning gap between these plans and groundlevel implementation. The National Water Mission has a target of improving water efficiency by 20% by 2020. What about having a target for groundwater recharging?

When CSE launched its rainwater harvesting programme, nobody understood what it was all about. Anil Agarwal, on the other hand, firmly believed that capturing India’s monsoon rains during the short period of not more than 3 months in the year, could be the answer to India’s water problems. He said,” an average Indian village needs 1.2 hectares of land to capture 6.57 million litres of water in a year for cooking and drinking. If there is a drought and rainfall levels dip to half the normal, the land required would rise to a mere 2.4 hectare. Thus, there is no village in India that cannot meet its basic drinking and cooking needs through rainwater harvesting”.

With this in mind, CSE launched its campaign on rainwater harvesting. Catch Water was the campaign newsletter. The newsletter, true to the campaign’s aim of “making water everybody’s business”, endeavoured to be the people’s voice and to showcase their efforts. It was initially brought out in several Indian languages as well as in English. Somewhere, along the way, this effort got lost.

Today, we are trying to revive the newsletter. This is the first issue, and in this year, it will be brought out every two months. We request our readers to send us in water stories from all corners of the country – the issues, the problems, innovative solutions, people’s solutions and technological solutions. We would like to disseminate these efforts in all areas of water management – urban, rural, water supply, sanitation, water quality, rivers, floods, pricing, industrial use, watershed – in fact, anything and everything to with water. This first issue remembers the initial campaign days with a piece by Anil Agarwal.

Read on and we look forward to your contributions and your efforts to make this newsletter truly a voice of the people.

Gita Kavarana

 

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Energy Drinks samples tested

The Pollution Monitoring Laboratory of Delhi non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) tested samples of eight brands of energy drinks. The aim was to check the standards energy drinks were following. The results showed that the caffeine levels in most brands exceeded 145 ppm. Only two brands—XXX Rejuve and XXX Nicofix— stuck to the 145 ppm limit (See ‘Energy drinks report card’).

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CSE’s Green Schools Awards, 2010-11

Once again, rural, semi-urban and government schools corner most of the awards

These schools have taken up rainwater harvesting, use of public transport, waste management and conservation of energy
as long-term actions

  • Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) Gobar Times national and state-level Green School Awards for 2010-11 announced and presented. This is the fifth year of the awards

Green School Award|Environment Education|Press Release
CSE releases its report on profit sharing in mining

Mining companies must share profits with local communities: latest CSE report comes out in support of proposal to share 26 per cent net profits

Says the money generated from this will go a long way in reducing poverty and deprivation in the mining affected areas

CSE Press Release|Mining|Mining and Environment|Press Release
Politics pull down climate talks, emission ups

June 17 / Bonn

Possibility of a global treaty looks thin in Durban later this year

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn: Global emissions peaked in 2010 to an all time high inspiring some hope of reviving the world economy out of the gloom of recession that the world has been plagued by for over three years now.

Read full articles

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Will Bonn be as banal as Bangkok?

Mid-year climate negotiations kick-off in UNFCCC headquarters but there is too much on the plate to resolve

By Uthra

Climate change negotiators from all over the world will convene at Bonn over the next fortnight to resolve key deadlocks that led to the stalemate at Bangkok earlier this year after the initial euphoria over Cancun Agreements died down.

Cancun|Climate Change|Kyoto Protocol|Story|Climate Change
CSE review: Planning Commission's interim report on low carbon strategies for inclusive growth

The Center for Science and Environment has reviewed the "Interim Report of Expert Group on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth" set up by the Planning Commission of India, and has put its comments up for public debate and discussions. CSE's review shows that there is a lack of ambition in the Interim Report and there is no overarching strategy for low carbon strategies for inclusive growth.
 

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Public hearing for expansion of UCIL's Bhatin mines violates EIA notification

The public hearing for the expansion of Bhatin mines of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) was held on May 26, 2011. The public hearing was a clear violation the EIA notification and did not allow stakeholders to participate in the process. CSE representative was there to cover the public hearing but was not allowed inside. Read on to know what ensued:

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