'Change perception about wastewater'
Blanca Jimnez-Cisneros, director of the division of water sciences and secretary of International Hydrological Programme, Unesco, talks to Sushmita Sengupta on how a huge cultural change is required to treat wastewater as a valuable resource. Excerpts from an interview.
There is a strong consensus that afforestation will lead to more stable rainfall
“In India, rivers are mostly forest-fed; therefore bringing back the tree cover on the either sides of the river is the only long-term sustainable solution to address water scarcity and reduce the impact of floods and droughts,” says Jaggi Vasudev
'India's policy on marine fisheries excludes small-scale fishers'
`Indian Ocean has been the central theatre of human existence'
Economist, environmentalist, urban theorist, Sanjeev Sanyal wears many hats. He has written four bestselling books on Indian political history and geography. Sanyal speaks to Rajat Ghai about his latest book, The Ocean of Churn: how human history was shaped by the Indian Ocean. Sanyal says that the Indian Ocean has always been the fulcrum of human civilisation, and with the re-emergence of …
Community management of ponds has been a success'
Mohit Kumar Ray, convener of Kolkata-based non-profit Vasundhara Foundation, says the city has been losing nearly 200 ponds each year for the past two decades. In an interview to Sushmita Sengupta, Ray, who is an environmentalist by training, says these ponds, called pukur in Bengali, are crucial to the city's ecology. Excerpts
'Traditional water management systems key to water security'
Yogesh Jadeja is the director of Arid Communities and Technologies, an organisation that has been active in Bhuj and Kachchh areas of Gujarat since 2004. He describes how the reintroduction of traditional systems of water management and the enlisting of para workers have been key to revitalising the arid region