Water

Case Study: Hong Village Community, Ziro Arunachal

Rolf von Bueren from LADV, Thailand presents the Naturenomics Award to Hong Village Community from Zero, Arunachal Pradesh

One of the few people in the world who continue to live in harmony with nature, Hong Village Community’s’ methods of sustainable farming and social forestry is without a parallel anywhere in this world. Settled in Ziro, one of the most beautiful Himalayan valleys in India, the Village Community remains proud of their traditional history while maintaining a balance with the changing world. Built on flat lands, the farms where the community practice wet rice cultivation along with pisciculture, is an epitome of efficiency.

TEN YEARS AFTER THE STERN REVIEW

TEN YEARS AFTER THE STERN REVIEW

Nicholas Stern has a background in developmental economics and climate change. He has been supporting the initiative to reduce global per capita emissions to reduce the impact of climate change. He also believes that poverty reduction, sustainability and climate change are intermingled components that affect each other intrinsically.

Case Study: ANNE WRIGHT

ANNE WRIGHT Recipient of Lifetime Service Awards, 2013 - Assam & North Bengal

Anne Wright was born the daughter of British ICS Ocer and she spent her childhood in the forests of Central India. She is also the founder trustee of World Wildlife fund for Nature – India, which she helped setup in the late 1960s. She was appointed by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as a member of the Tiger Task Force for Project Tiger in 1970. She then served for 19 years on the Indian Board for Wildlife and was closely involved with the passing of the Wildlife Protection Act.

Water – A Depleting Resource

Mr Karunakara Reddy, Chairman & MD – SMAAT India

World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March to spread awareness about the significance of water in our daily lives, how every individual can save water, and the importance of drinking clean water. Studies say that 1.1 billion people in the world do not get clean drinking water; and in India, around 1800 human lives are lost daily due to contaminated water. 

Case Study: KHANCHENDZONGA CONSERVATION COMMITTEE (KCC)

KHANCHENDZONGA CONSERVATION COMMITTEE (KCC)Recipient of Eastern Himalayan Conservation Awards, 2015 - Sikkim

The state of Sikkim, currently considered the cleanest state of India in terms of rural sanitation, is a scenic state located between the kingdom of Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east, Tibet in the north and Indian state of West Bengal in the south. It is also home to mountain peaks Dzongri (4030m), Goecha-La (5002m) and Mt Khangchendzonga, the world's third highest mountain at (8586m). The tourism in this area picked momentum within the past two decades and has created employment and revenue opportunities for many local community members.

Nepal drains dangerous glacial lake near Mount Everest

Nepal has successfully drained part of a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, averting risk of a disastrous flood that could have threatened thousands of lives, officials said on Monday. Scientists say climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, creating huge glacial lakes which could burst their banks and devastate mountain communities. Imja Tsho, located at an altitude of 5,010 metres (16,437 feet), just 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) south of the world's highest peak, is the fastest-growing glacial lake in Nepal. 

How a 20th-century hunting boom left the Amazon with “empty rivers” and 23 million dead animals

Who could hurt this face?	(Reuters/Bruno Kelly)

The fashion for wild animal skins and furs drove a hunting boom in the Amazon basin through the 20th century. A mass industry sprung up almost overnight and the hides of otters, jaguars or alligator-like caimans were soon being shipped round the world to be turned into coats, hats or accessories. The Amazon rainforest, and the animals that live there, are still feeling the impact today.

Flood fury: Why Brahmaputra’s trail of destruction has become annual ritual in Assam

Only the Amazon carries more water than the Brahmaputra, one of the largest rivers in the world with an annual flow of about 573 billion cubic metres at Jogighopa, close to the Indo-Bangladesh border. (Source: Express photo by Dasarath Deka)

The villagers had been talking all morning. There was some water seeping through the embankment along the Brahmaputra, they said, so Ruparam Das, 52, a fisherman in Kaivartagaon, a village in the river island of Majuli, decided to check out for himself. Around 3 pm on July 26, as he stood in front of the river, a few metres downstream from his house, he heard a loud bang. The river had broken through the embankment, but not where he stood. Instead, the river had torn through the wall right in front of his house.

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