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Invite: Seminar on Water for Indian Cities

Invite: Seminar on Water for Indian Cities

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A disturbing phenomenon observed in most developing countries of the world is the failure of city governments in meeting the basic needs of the urban population. It is a well known fact that inadequate levels of infrastructure and services adversely affect the quality of urban life as well as the economic productivity, and affect the process of sustainable development. Taking note of the implications arising from low levels of urban infrastructure development in Indian Cities, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi in collaboration with the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), Germany is organizing a Seminar on 'Water for Indian Cities'. Date: 6th April, 2010 (Tuesday) Time: 9.30 am Venue: 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110002 (Opp. Bal Bhawan) The
World Water Day Special: All for Compensating Your Leaks and Misuse of Water in Delhi..

World Water Day Special: All for Compensating Your Leaks and Misuse of Water in Delhi..

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Sacrificing the enchanting Renuka Lake for giving more water to Delhi Delhi is the seat of power of the world’s largest democracy. It is also one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. A city of cities, this strategically located conurbation--with the last of the visible Aravalli Ridge on one side and river Yamuna on the other--has been the capital of many an Empires that ruled India and the Indian sub-continent from time to time. Delhi has also been tackling the impacts of climate change and like all major urban centers in the developing countries, the city is gearing up to meet the sustainability crisis. Delhi is witnessing a large-scale influx of rural population which is the result of both an ever increasing population trend and livelihood failure in rural India
Yamuna Cleaning Drive on 21st March by Leela Foundation

Yamuna Cleaning Drive on 21st March by Leela Foundation

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With a focus on activities concerning holistic good governance in India, Leela Foundation will carry out a Yamuna cleaning drive with the cooperation of over 200 volunteers, including local residents, college students, senior citizens and others  on the banks of Yamuna River near Mayur Vihar, Phase I, on March 21st, 2010. The activity is being organised to mark the World Water Day on March 22nd. Interested citizens are requested to assemble at Mayur Vihar, Phase I, Metro Station at 10:00 am. The 3 hour cleanup process will start at 10:30 am. At the end of event, participating volunteers will be given certificates of participation. The event will conclude at 3:00 p.m. Special arrangements, including rescue guards, first aid, special gloves and masks will be made. For furthe
Invite for Jal Samvaad on World Water Day

Invite for Jal Samvaad on World Water Day

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Jalsamvaad invites all citizens and civil society members to come together and mark World Water Day on the 22nd of March. A call for united action on water issues in Delhi- listening, learning, dialogue. A call for equal access of quality water for all. The question we need to ask ourselves on the day is whether Delhi wants water at the cost of other people upstream (and downstream)? Date: 22nd March, 2010 Time: 4.45 PM Venue: Inderprastha Post Office on Bahadurshah Marg Programme: 4:45-5.00 pm - Assemble at Inderprastha Post Office on Bahadurshah Marg 6:30-7:30 pm -  Film screening and discussion at Sannidhi opposite Samata Sthal, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg All are cordially invited. For further information and to participate, contact: Tarini 9350163480 Vima

Traditional Knowledge and Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning

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Thank you for taking out time to respond to the last blog and putting your mind to the real issue behind it. These encouraging comments provide the strength to keep on going and creating new possibilities in the area of environment and climate change adaptation. This week is special in Hindu calendar 15th of March was a special day. It marked the beginning of the summer Navaratra among the North Indians. The next nine days we will fast and eat no meat and follow rituals that allow us to reduce the intake of food and increase intake of water in our systems. Changing diets forcing ourselves to eat less etc. takes a lot of courage and self control. Support from family and relatives alone is not enough hence linking it with religious sanctions helps in self control. Have we ever consider
Changing Climate, Suffering Life Forms

Changing Climate, Suffering Life Forms

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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are to miss the future” - John. F. Kennedy Well that’s an apt statement truly depicting man’s present suffering based on his previous actions of non-judicious use of resources. Change is the law of nature and the earth has witnessed it for billions of years. As it was a natural and gradual process then, so the ecosystem could adapt to the change without any adverse impacts. But the increased human interference in the present times has disrupted the natural balance. Climate change is a consequence of the same and is having far-reaching and catastrophic social impacts affecting communities in different ways. People in dev
Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part II

Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part II

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To recap, water available per person has been decreasing since 1950 and it will be 70% of what we have by 2025 if no action is taken today. Although water is usually considered a renewable resource, it is actually a finite one with physical limits on its sustainability not because there is a change in the total water in the world but there are human institutional and financial capital limit to accessing water. Let me explain this. If we need to store water for 12 months, we need a bigger storage tank than if we needed to store it for only say six months. Thus, if the water flowing through the perennial rivers due to melting of glaciers reduces because there are smaller glaciers to melt, then the barrages to store water will have to be taller. All this deepening of tanks or building ...
Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part I

Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part I

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My vivid memory of Manmad--a township, due to major Railway junction in Maharashtra that I visited in the 60s--is that of early morning chaos, shouting and screaming over a common tap outside my uncle’s residence for collecting water. When I was growing up, the typical humorous short stories in my mother-tongue Marathi used to depict quarrels over common taps to collect water for domestic consumption in local communities, described as ‘Nala che Bhandan”. These stories were humorous portrayal of fights over water in local settings that began with minor issues. Jokes apart, this often led to communal tensions in real life. Typically, the water supply would last for two to three hours and water had to be collected and stored in that short span of time--one tap for twenty households. I
Announcing: UK Environment Film Fellowships 2010

Announcing: UK Environment Film Fellowships 2010

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The UK Environment Film Fellowships have been awarded every year since 2005 to Indian environmental filmmakers, to create 12 minute impactful documentaries. Till date, 20 filmmakers have been awarded with these fellowships. Every year, a theme is decided and filmmakers are encouraged to submit proposals for films which depict originality in research work in terms of topical relevance to the theme. Filmmakers identify and team-up with subject experts/ professionals/ institutions and work closely with them during the making of the film to ensure a well-researched and high quality film. The purpose of UKEFF is to build capacity and encourage the environment filmmakers’ community in India. The films made by these filmmakers are important communication tools that drive awareness and a
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