By Vikas Prakash Joshi & Arjuna Srinidhi According to some statistics, 68% of India’s land is prone to drought, 60% to earthquakes, 12% to floods and 8% to cyclones, making India one of the most disaster prone countries in the world.  The incidence of such natural disasters is also on the rise in India, as a […]
By Upasana Koli The period between 1800 and the first few decades of the 20th century are known for their years of great invention and innovation, major social events, world wars, and many more. The inventions made in the 1800s were applied to enhance the nation’s reserves and political dominance in the world. The majority […]
By Vikas Prakash Joshi & Isha Fuletra On the occasion of Renewable Energy Day, or Akshay Urja Din, celebrated on August 20 every year, it is worth looking at the progress of the renewable energy industry in India in the last decade or so. As of May 2018, renewable energy (RE) constitutes 17 percent of […]
World Population Day 2018 theme can help build resilience to climate change and ensure it gets the status of a ‘human right’ By Arjuna Srinidhi The battle for water amidst a growing population and heightened weather variability in India For 29 years, the World Population Day has been celebrated on the 11th of July, to […]
By Shreya Banerjee In order to deal with the consequences of climate change, the unsustainable nature of conventional agriculture, and the tremendous stress on the world’s limited and rapidly depleting natural resources, various new practices have been coming up in the field of sustainable agriculture. The blog explores the different terminologies that have come up and […]
WOTR urges state and union governments to go beyond ban on single-use plastic bags and bottles, and look at its growing use in agriculture also. This practice, plasticulture, is extensively used in lining of farm ponds, green houses, micro-irrigation (drips and sprinklers) and plastic mulching and can threaten soil health and potentially enter food chain.
A conversation with Dr. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority on Water Governance issues in Maharashtra
As WOTR embarks on its 25th year, we are celebrating and disseminatinginformation on all the thematics we are working on . In the month of February 2018, we were disseminating information on Water Stewardship. Our team members, Eshwer Kale and Mandar Sathe, recently interviewed Dr. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA). Dr. Kulkarni shared his thoughts on diverse issues in the water sector and his insights to improve the level of water governance in the state, specifically focusing on challenges and opportunities in the Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Act 2009. MWRRA has given an important mandate of ‘State groundwater Authority’ in the 2009 Groundwater Act
-By Arjuna Srinidhi More than a quarter of the country is turning to desert, including the degradation of agricultural areas (ISRO, 2016). Analyses of satellite images show India has about 32% of its land affected by degradation, of which desertification is a major component. New areas in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and eastern […]
This week Eshwer Kale, a researcher at WOTR appeared on NDTV India’s Prime Time with Ravish Kumar to discuss the implications of the government’s emphasis on farm ponds in the budget. On the show Eshwer explained that the implementation and use of farm ponds Maharashtra, where farmers fill huge farm ponds, lined with plastic, by pumping groundwater is a cause for worry. This practice, rather than reducing the vulnerability of rural communities, may result in declining groundwater levels and the de facto privatisation of what was once a shared resource.
As many parts of Maharashtra continue to be inundated with rain it is easy to forget that at this time last year much of the state was reeling under drought. While the rains this year will recharge groundwater tables, given current groundwater usage patterns it is unlikely that this water would contribute to help farmers tide over the next. KV Maitreyi looks at the root causes of water scarcity and what the state is doing to overcome it