One writer examines the Adivasi way of life and suggests that instead of “going back” into the past, adopting their sustainable values and practices could be a way of going forward into the future. From Local Futures.
A remote Indian village in Ladakh is responding to global warming-induced water shortages by creating large masses of ice, or “artificial glaciers,” to get through the dry spring months. From National Geographic.
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.
This article from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change tells the story of how Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog has created a network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs across India who are promoting clean energy through a complete “ecosystem” approach. Most rural households in India rely on polluting energy sources like firewood and kerosene for their…
In this case study, Harini Nagendra of Azim Premji University explores how citizens came together to change Kaikondrahalli Lake from a dry wasteland to an important locus of social activity for residents and a local biodiversity hotspot.
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.