By Nikhil Nikam In the last 20 years, the lifestyles of people the world over have been transformed with the widespread adoption of smartphones. From food to transport to the latest news, from e-commerce to healthcare, smartphones are now an indispensable tool of modern life. We are, in fact, dependent on our phones for a […]

By Harshal Khade Retelling the story of Dunda Dhadwad from Shiswad I was once asked in the University class of Sociolinguistics by our professor ‘Has your life ever changed by watching a movie?’, I knew the answer at the back of my mind as a resounding ‘Yes’.  At that time, I was too hesitant to […]

By Dr. Ashok Dalwai

By Apoorva Nandwana* Madhya Pradesh is called ‘The Heart of India’—the tagline is based on the state’s location  and was popularized by the state’s tourism board.  The campaign made me keen to visit the state, for the last many years. I was therefore extremely fortunate that during my internship with the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) […]

Policy makers, researchers, think-tanks and NGOs discuss economic perspectives and grassroots challenges to combat land degradation at side-event hosted by WOTR

By Rahul Dev The United Nations marks the decade starting with World Water Day i.e. March 22, 2018, as the International Decade for Action – “Water for Sustainable Development”. [1]  This decision has been taken in the wake of increasing pressure on water resources and ecosystems worldwide. It clearly brings out the importance of recognizing the […]

By Arpan Golechha Water is amongst the most important ecosystem service, especially so in the semi-arid regions in India. The village of Tigalkheda lies in the Jalna district of Maharashtra, characterized by recurrent droughts and dry spells. At the edge of the village, 14 farmers have pooled in their water resources to combat these climate […]

By Ankita Yadav It is widely known that the state of Maharashtra, for the last many years, has frequently faced drought and drought-like conditions.  To deal with this challenge,  a number of policies and interventions have been implemented by State and Union government bodies while various coping mechanisms are being adopted at the local level. One […]

By Nitesh Rikame Pune is the second-largest city in Maharashtra and the ninth largest city in India, with a population of 64.5 lakh people. Pune ranked first in the Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019 as the best city to live in India. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. […]

By Arjuna Srinidhi* I New Delhi, June 17, 2019 On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD 2019), India elaborated on its plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combating droughts.  The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by […]