This article from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change reports on Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog‘s network of 1,100+ women entrepreneurs across India promoting clean energy through a complete “ecosystem” approach as users, educators, providers, and supporters of clean energy.
The South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People showcases some excellent examples of community driven water conservation initiatives across India in the face of the 2016 drought. Compiled by Bhim Singh Rawat of SANDRP.
While honey can sweeten coffee for the drinker, coffee farmers of Kodagu district of Karnataka are realising that raising bees for honey in their farms can sweeten their economic returns. It is one of the innovative methods being tried out in the district to provide additional financial incentives to coffee farmers to conserve the landscape they have inherited. This, in turn, can strengthen climate resilience and improve the water flow into the Cauvery. Writes S. Gopikrishna Warrier for India Climate Dialogue.
In Kodagu, the changing climate is making rainfall erratic. With erratic rainfall, famers are opting to use irrigation, reducing their need for shade trees. When they let the shade trees die, there is an adverse effect on the water flow into the Cauvery River, as well as climate resilience in the surrounding hills and plains. By S. Gopikrishna Warrier, for India Climate Dialogue. (Photo: Coffee farmer B.B. Thammaiah’s rainfall record, photo by author.)
With insufficient rains over the Western Ghats during this year’s southwest monsoon, there is a shortage of water in the reservoirs across the Cauvery in Karnataka. This has led to the flaring of the water sharing dispute with the lower riparian state of Tamil Nadu in the recent days. While this acrimony continues, eco-certification as a form of payment for ecosystem services is becoming popular in Kodagu district, so that coffee farmers protect the forests under which they grow their crop, thereby preserving the water flow into the Cauvery. These measures also help to maintain the climate resilience in the river’s catchment and command. Writes Gopikrishna Warrier for India Climate Dialogue.
Pope Francis says destroying the environment is a sin, saying humans are turning the planet into ‘wasteland full of debris, desolation and filth’ in a call for urgent action on climate change. From The Guardian.
Organic farming creates more profit and yields healthier produce. It’s time it played the role it deserves in feeding a rapidly growing world population. Writes John Reganold for The Guardian.
Mangrove plantations in coastal Odisha are not just protecting people from storms and cyclones, but also opening up new livelihood possibilities.
When climate change threatens the existence of Sundarbans’ mangroves, villagers get together to plant millions of them to protect the fragile ecosystem.
In March 2016, the Kerala Paristhithi Aikyavedi, an umbrella organisation of environmental groups in the State, released a green development agenda for political parties to incorporate into their manifesto for the elections to the Assembly. Aikyavedi leaders V.S. Vijayan, R. Sridhar and S. Usha said the green agenda was aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the State. Source: The Hindu.