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Constructing an ecosan toilet -- A film from UNICEF
Ecological Sanitation is an important new approach to sanitation, which is truly sustainable. It uses almost no water in its operation, and human waste products are used as fertilizer. So three major objectives are achieved: -- saving on water, a critically scarce resource -- non-pollution of the environment by human waste, a major cause of disease and loss of human life -- 'closing the nutrient cycle' : the nutrients (primarily Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, and carbon matter) in our excreta goes back into the soil for re-use by plants. Instead of a one-way process where chemicals are mined and used for each crop produced, the same chemicals are returned to the soil for reuse. This movie was created by UNICEF
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"Earthen Dams" - An e-learning course
The course described in this short movie is for explaining the concepts and practice of constructing earthen dams. The full course is available as a CD and can be obtained by writing to us at [email protected] NOTE that we can post this CD only within India.
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'Zabo'- Impounding water
Kikruma’s own- ‘Zabo’, a system of water harvesting is a unique method of managing the scarce resource whilst nurturing the soil and optimizing agriculture.
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How Sand Mining Impacts Ecosystem
Sand is in high demand in the construction sector. By 2020, 1.4 billion tonnes of sand will be required in India. Illegal and unscientific sand mining, however, adversely impact biodiversity and groundwater recharge besides increasing risks of flooding. This video gives details of the sand mining sector.
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Simple steps to achieve water sufficiency - Constructing a recharge well
Rainwater harvesting is mainly done for two reasons - one, to store the water for later use, and two, to recharge the ground. One of the simplest methods of harvesting rainwater is to divert the rain that falls on the terrace into open wells. In the absence of an open well, a percolation/recharge well could be dug within the premises to inject rooftop water into it for groundwater recharge. A recharge well usually is around 10 - 15 feet deep. The depth of these baby wells usually depend upon the nature of the soil underneath and the volume of water the recharge well is expected to recieve during heavy downpours. The downtake pipe carrying rainwater from the rooftop is connected to these recharge wells. Care should be taken to not fill it up with debris or gravel. These wells should be left unfilled and covered with concrete slabs of suitable thickness to aid in vehicular movement inside the building.
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Poor farmer Rich farmer -A story of a labourer who became a successful farmer
A story of a Kadwanchi village farmer in Jalna district who by adopting water conservation techniques became rich.
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Water Cup- A success story of Kakaddara village
Every year, thousands of villages in Maharashtra get affected by droughts. Experts say that the reasons for recurrent droughts include a lack of policy framework, technical knowledge and community participation as well as poor implementation of government programmes. In 2016, Paani Foundation, an organisation working on making Maharashtra drought-free started a competition between villages to conserve water. Named Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, it was started with an objective to improve public participation in water conservation work. The following year, 1300 villages from 30 talukas participated in the water cup competition. This video tells us the success story of Kakaddara village that won the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup.
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Wasteland to Wonderland
Rajasthan has largest area under wasteland but there are examples across the desert state where people have turned waste into wealth. Here's one such story of Aravali Institute of Management at Kaprada village near Jodhpur..Read more about the work here: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/wasteland-wonderland
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Infiltration Wells - Construction Details - Part 2 (Hindi)
The Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation uses Infiltration Wells as a technique to provide safe drinking water to rural communities in the central and western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. This film goes into the details of constructing an infiltration well. Contact details and more information about their work is at: http://www.grassrootsindia.com
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An organic manure factory for Rs. 800 only!
A 200 litre capacity plastic barrel and continuous supply of cow dung and urine (something most farmers have access to) - that's all you need to set up a manure factory in your farm. Cow dung, urine, water and sugar (jaggery is usually used; cane sugar and palm fruit would do as well) mixture is allowed to ferment and settle for 24 hours. The resultant clear micro-nutrient rich solution is used to irrigate the fields. There is no complicated filtration procedure involved and there are no extra costs! For more details, Please contact Alagesan P. Mobile - 9944072109 email: [email protected]rc.in URC Thulasiammal Pannai, Myladi, Chennimalai.
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Lessons on Ecology from Ziro valley
Inhabited by the Apatanis, Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh is perched at a height of 5600 ft. For anyone who wants to understand sustainability, the unique Ziro valley is an institution in itself. The valley is known for its paddy cum fish agriculture and traditional water management practices. Watch the video to know more.
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Simple methods to achieve water sufficiency - Recycling greywater
In this video, Indukanth Ragade talks about the urgent need to bring flow of water in households. Bath and kitchen refuse water contribute close to 60% of the total water used everyday. Instead of letting this water out along with the sewage, we can recharge the ground, or even better, use it for domestic non-potable needs by following a simple technique using just plants, soil and sunlight
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Go organic and triple your profits
Kalaivani, an organic farmer in Erode, explains the benefits of organic farming. Using inputs such as Panchagavya, Jeevamritham and Amrithakaraisal prepared in her farm, she is able to more than triple her profit margins when compared to using convetional chemical farming.
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Dr G. N.S. Reddy on Tree-Based sustainable Farming
Dr. G.N.S. Reddy of BAIF Institute of Rural Development, Karnataka (BIRD-K) draws out a schematic of BAIF's model of tree-based sustainable farming for small landholdings. The trees provide insurance against crop failure, biomass and more, and a variety of horticulture and grain crops are grown, with some livestock, which has multiple benefits over monoculture irrigation and high-input based agriculture.
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Doomed by Displacement- A Short Film on the displaced affected by  Hirakud Dam
Hirakud dam is the oldest dam in India and it has displaced more than one lakh people without proper resettlement. As far as basic amenities are concerned, the displaced still do not have a water connection, permanent job, schools and other basic services including health. This is a short film on the condition of Hirakud dam displaced people. Read more: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/doomed-displacement
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Water management in Khonoma, the cradle of civilization
Khonoma, an Angami village about 20 kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland is a unique epitome of feats for the rest of the world. This village that fought the British four times, today is also known for the spirit of protecting its ecological heritage. Watch the video to know about the indigenous system of water management in the village.
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Understanding Groundwater - Part 1
"Understanding Groundwater" is a short film intrducing groundwater created by ACWADAM. The film effectively uses both professional animation as well as actual footage from the field. It based on ACWADAM's groundwater study in Purandar taluk of Pune district in Maharashtra. The film is created with support from Arghyam. Information about ACWADAM: http://www.acwadam.org Information about Arghyam: http://www.arghyam.org More knowledge, resources and news on water: http://www.indiawaterportal.org Write to [email protected] for getting this movie on a CD and for downloading the companion multimedia course of this movie on a CD
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Understanding Groundwater - Part 2
"Understanding Groundwater" is a short film intrducing groundwater created by ACWADAM. The film effectively uses both professional animation as well as actual footage from the field. It based on ACWADAM's groundwater study in Purandar taluk of Pune district in Maharashtra. The film is created with support from Arghyam. Information about ACWADAM: http://www.acwadam.org Information about Arghyam: http://www.arghyam.org More knowledge, resources and news on water: http://www.indiawaterportal.org Write to [email protected] for getting this movie on a CD and for downloading the companion multimedia course of this movie on a CD
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Chandil Cage Project-A Jharkhand government initiative
The struggle for leading a decent standard of life still continues with people affected by Chandil dam. Some of the displaced people affected by Chandil dam have started adopting fishing as a way of their livelihood. The Chandil dam reservoir, located 30 kms from Jamshedpur is one of the dams on the Subernarekha river in Jharkhand. The construction of this dam has resulted in the displacement of more than 20,000 families from 116 villages. In 2007, the Jharkhand government initiated the cage fish farming project on a pilot basis. The National Mission for Protein Supplement Scheme provided financial support for this project. The goal of this initiative was to fulfil the protein requirements of the people at low cost. Another aim of this project was to provide livelihood opportunities for the displaced. Only 2000 out of 20,000 displaced families accepted fishing as their primary occupation. The rest 18,000 families could not cope up with fishing work and migrated to nearby places for laborer jobs. The Cage project: The cage fish farming is a method of nurturing small fishes in iron cages or modular cages with a size of 6x4x4 meters. These cages float in the water bodies. Nylon net surrounds the cage so that fishes don't go out of the cage.The cages are water resistant and needs less maintenance. The total cost of the cage is around Rs.2.5 lakhs-Rs.3 lakhs.The production of fish in one cage may vary from 4-5 tons in every six months. In 2011, the government has provided a 100 % subsidy to Chandil Bandh Visthapit Matsyajibi Swabalambi Sahakari Samiti (CBVMSSS) for buying 70 cages for cage culture farming. In 2013 the government further provided 126 modular cages to CBVMSSS with a 90 % subsidy. The CBVMSSS is the body of displaced farmers who formed this cooperative to run fishing business. Fish used in cage culture: The fish cultured in the Chandil reservoir belongs to the variety called Pangasius. The Pangasius fish belong to a family of catfish, which is native of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The speciality of this fish is in six months the weight of the fish increases to 1 kg. The cost of production for one kg of Phangasius is Rs.35-Rs.40 and the selling price is Rs 70-Rs. 80 per kg. For Indian conditions this variety of fish is good for cultivation in open aquaculture ponds or in in dam reservoirs. This fish is cheap, high in demand, easy to cultivate and can yield high profits in less time. In the last few years the production of fish in Chandil reservoir has improved. The average fish produced from 2011 to 2013 was 134.33 tons and the net income of CBVMSSS in 2012-13 is around Rs.25 lakhs. The temporary improvement in income of 2000 displaced families is a matter of relief for the government for the time being. But generating employment for 18000 displaced is still a big challenge for any government. The video gives a brief overview of the displacement due to Chandil dam and also an overview on Cage fish farming. You can also read the article by clicking the link below: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/cage-culture-fish-model-employment-generation-chandil/edit
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Preparation of Panchagavya and organic pest repellents
Organic farmer Kalaivani from Vellitiruppur in Erode district of Tamilnadu explains how to prepare the organic liquid fertilizer 'Panchagavya'. Panchagavya is known to boost immunity and promote plant growth. Cow dung and cow urine are the key ingredients of the preparation. It is usually mixed with water and is used to irrigate the fields. It can also be used as a spray. In this video, along with Panchagavya, Kalaivani also explains how to prepare a couple of other concoctions using locally available leaves and herbs to keep pests and insects away.
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The craft of Naula building
Naulas have been an important source of water for people in the mountains especially across Uttarakhand. Constructing naulas was a skilled craft and not many now know how to build them. Know more about their history and status today.
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Procedure for sampling and testing fluoride in water
This video will take you through the procedures for sampling and testing water for presence of fluoride.
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Infiltration Wells - Construction Details - Part 1 (Hindi)
The Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation uses Infiltration Wells as a technique to provide safe drinking water to rural communities in the central and western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. This film goes into the details of constructing an infiltration well. Contact details and more information about their work is at: http://www.grassrootsindia.com
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Communication for behavioural impact
Everold Hosein was at the WSSCC Global Forum for Sanitation and Hygiene held in Mumbai between 10-14 October, 2011 to talk about communications for behavioural change. Everold is senior World Health Organization consultant and founder of the Communications for Behavioural Impact (COMBI), USA. He speaks to the Indiawaterportal.org about the impact of communications for effecting behaviour change. Video by Ayush Das
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Springs of hope - Revival of dying springs in Sikkim
This film features an initiative by the Government of Sikkim in reviving dying springs in the state of Sikkim. Produced by Usha Dewani, India Water Portal. Music: www.downloadfreemp3songs.net Read more: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/node/39263
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Akhil Gogoi acceptance speech on receiving the Bhagirath Prayas  Samman
Akhil Gogoi, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti who has successfully utilised the Right to Information Act in conjunction with mass mobilization of communities with respect to ill conceived projects in river Subansiri (Assam) that could threaten their life, property and livelihoods speech.
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My disappearing land- Majuli
Majuli- the large river island in the Brahmaputra and the hub of neo-vaishnavite culture is fast shrinking. Over 67 revenue villages have lost land completely due to erosion. Watch the video to know more about the significance of the island and how excessive erosion has changed the way of life for its people. Read more here http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/my-disappearing-land-majuli
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Infiltration Wells - An Overview (English)
The Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation uses Infiltration Wells as a technique to provide safe drinking water to rural communities in the central and western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.Contact details and more information about their work is at: This film is an introduction to Infiltration wells http://www.grassrootsindia.com
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Thangavel finds success in date farming
The video is a story of a successful farmer in a drought-prone region.
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Anupam Mishra speaks at the Awards Ceremony at the India Rivers Week, 2014 on
Sri Anupam Mishra, Gandhi Peace Foundation, who was the Guest of Honour in this ceremony spoke on the value of time-tested systems of water harvesting and the need to promote the use of indigenous knowledge to solve water problem instead of gigantic and destructive schemes like interlinking of rivers.
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Mazhapolima participatory well recharge programme, Thrissur, Kerala
Mazhapolima is a community-based well recharge programme, initiated by the Thrissur District Administration. The programme aims to (eventually) recharge about 4.5 lakh dug wells in the district, through community awareness and action. It is driven by the District Collector, Mr. Kurian Baby, who strongly advocates sustainable, local development & innovation.
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Revival of Doling lake, Rabongla, Sikkim
Rabongla is a small tourist town situated at an elevation of 7000 ft in south Sikkim district of the state of Sikkim, India. Like other mountain areas, people here depend on springs, streams and lakes for water. Lakes store water and recharge sources of groundwater such as wells and also significantly contribute to the ecological stability of the region. However, this valuable resource has been degrading with time. This video features one of the initiatives by Government of Sikkim in reviving dying lakes. The Doling lake was seasonal, and would last during the rainy season only and for the rest of the year, would remain dry. Today, the lake has become perennial and lasts throughout the year. Though the revival effort was to promote tourism and serve tourists visiting the Doling Gumpha Monastery nearby, the water in the lake in the future, could be used to reach households in water scarce areas nearby. Acknowledgements: Rural Management and Development Department, Government of Sikkim Mr. Sandeep Tambe, Additional Secretary Rural Management and Development Department, Government of Sikkim Udaya Chamling, Field Facilitator, Block Administrative Centre, Rabongla, South Sikkim Video produced by: Usha Dewani, India Water Portal Team Sound: Raju Mimi, India Water Portal Team Music: Buddhist Meditation Music - Zen Garden - Kokin Gumi
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Kokanchi Mega Vaat (Mega 'Vaat' in the Konkan)
Kokanchi Mega Vaat (Mega 'Vaat' (destruction) of the Konkan), Marathi with English subtitles, 41 minutes, 2013. 24 power projects are being proposed in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, which has the second highest biodiversity in India. The 9900 megawatt (MW) nuclear power project at Jaitapur is also included in this list of projects. If sanctioned, it could be the largest nuclear power generating plant in the world. No impact assessment reports have been submitted for many of these projects but there is already a visible environmental impact in the region - acid in village wells, dwindling aquatic life and lowered quality of the famous Alphonso mangoes. Despite this, there has been a complete lack of action from the government. The plants are not being shut down. This film, which took Kurush Canteenwala took two and a half years to make, has captured the stories of the people living in this region - the mango farmer, the fisher folk and just ordinary citizens. Watch and learn why they are opposed to this dangerous plan.
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Impact of water quality training in Rapar
Creating water assets in villages of Rapar was crucial. What was equally important was to ensure the quality of this water. After creating water structures in the villages of Rapar, Samerth Trust realised this and has been regularly testing water samples for their quality. Along with that, Samerth has also conducted trainings on various aspects of water quality in the villages, local techniques of keeping water clean and potable etc. Watch how this has fared in improving the incidence of water-borne diseases in these villages.
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The Dying Springs of Chirimiri
Chirimiri is famous for coal mining in Chhattisgarh. In last 70 years, more than 250 springs damaged due to continuous coal mining. If this trend continues further then it will adversely affect the water resources and environment of the region to such an extent that the people living in the area could starve for water. The film "The Dying Springs of Chirimiri" exposes the adverse impact of coal mining on the environment and the community life in Chirimiri.
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An aluminium plate to address oil spills
An aluminum plate attached to the side of a ship reacts with the oxygen in the air and turns to aluminum oxide increasing the viscosity of the oil which gets attracted to the plate. Turning of the plate drains out the oil, which can be reused. A student from the Shree Dnyaneshwar Vidya mandir, Mumbai presents her case study at the Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition 2009 The prototype displayed here uses a plate of 24 cms diameter which rotates 50 times per minute collecting 980 ml of oil - A Low-cost eco-friendly measure to save marine bio-diversity. For more student innovation and case studies on water management/education visit http://schools.indiawaterportal.org/
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Understanding groundwater with Himanshu Kulkarni
In this video Dr.Himanshu Kulkarni, a groundwater expert who was Chairman on Sustainable Groundwater Management for the 12th Plan and Executive Director, ACWADAM, Pune suggests measures to mitigate the poor groundwater scenario in the country. For more information you can also read following article: http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/key-successfully-managing-groundwater-india
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Rivers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala -- Lecture at IIC, New Delhi -- Part III
The seventh lecture in the ten-part series titled "Living rivers, dying rivers" was delivered on the subject "Rivers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala" by S Janakarajan and A Latha. The lecture held on December 7, 2011 at the India International Centre, New Delhi highlighted the expanding 'footprint' of cities like Chennai anxious to secure new water supplies leading to competition for scarce resources. The problem of water pollution as well as the fallout of excessive groundwater use for agriculture in Tamil Nadu was discussed. The problems contributing to dying rivers in the Western Ghats of Kerala such as catchment deforestation, habitat fragmentation, dams and diversions, sand mining, incorrect land use, pollution and encroachments into rivers were dealt with. The series coordinated by Prof. Ramaswamy R Iyer aims at understanding what has been happening to rivers and drawing appropriate lessons. A certain number of rivers, some sick or dying, some living and healthy, and some showing early signs of sickness, are being taken up for presentations and discussion, in the series and an attempt made to understand what has gone wrong in many cases, what has gone right in some, and what needs to be done to revive and restore dying or sick rivers. A blog on the lecture can be viewed at the India Water Portal here - http://www.indiawaterportal.org/post/28242
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Impact of hydel projects in Kinnaur
Around 30 big and small run-of-the-river power projects are planned in the fragile eco-system of Kinnaur raising concerns about impending disasters. This film features local people talking about the impact of under-construction projects and their struggle against them. Read the text story http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/drilling-hills-devastation
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Interlinking of rivers (ILR)- Part 1
Shripad Dharmadhikary from Manthan Adhyayan Kendra discusses issues related to interlinking of rivers in India
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Living with floods -- A film by Sanjay Barnela and Samreen Farooqui
Sanjay Barnela and Samreen Farooqui put together this award-winning documentary which takes a look at the serious situation created by the North Bihar region's rivers bursting their banks almost every year. Homes are wrecked, people lose their lives and livelihoods and the damage is estimated to be lofty. Communities had developed coping mechanisms that were integral to their culture. The film looks at the development models chosen and implemented by the state to "protect people from floods". In particular the embankments have led to man-made floods and water logging over vast agriculture land leading to widespread pauperization of people. The film sheds light on many aspects of water logging in the area and highlights the work of Nav Jagriti in coping with floods.
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Wealthy wetlands
Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh talks about the tremendous wealth wetlands possess and the crucial role they play in balancing the eco-system. He talks about the natural function of wetlands in treating wastewater with reference to East Kolkata Wetlands and the way local fishermen developed an impeccable system of livelihood and sustenance for all around this.
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Development with identity- Indigenous Communities of Northeast India
Indigenous people have historically struggled to assert their rights and continue to do so even today. The Northeast India is home to about 160 indigenous communities which are culturally or historically distinct from the rest of the population. These communities share a close bond with their land and nature and consider it crucial to their identity. Though the Sixth Schedule in certain areas of Northeast India recognizes the indigenous communities' rights over land and self-governance, these communities continue to feel discriminated and marginalised. There is a strong felt need among the people to develop or modernise without compromising on their identity. Dr. Phrang Roy and Ms. Jarjum Ete present the current situation while stressing on 'development with identity'. Read more http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/development-identity-indigenous-communities-northeast-india
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Water Untouched
From last several decades, the Dalits in India has been continuously denied access to essential services such as water, education, health services, etc. This short film provides a peek into the current situation of Dalits in India in the context of access to water. For more information please visit: www.indiawaterportal.org
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The indigenous hydroger of Nagaland
The indigenous hydroger is lighting up lives in far-off villages in the mountains of Nagaland. In remote villages not grid connected, this indigenous powerhouse in giving hopes to many who are now diversifying their income through new activities and by reducing women’s day-to-day drudgery. Watch the video to know more about the hydroger and how it has brightened lives. Read more here http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/sparkle-mountains-indigenous-hydroger
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Understanding rocks and mapping springsheds
The video is a guide to understanding rock typology and the process of mapping recharge area of a spring.
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Bihar's great walls of destruction
Just when the flood control measures started in Bihar, also began the story of devastation. What this means for people who have always lived their lives with the flow of the rivers? Hear it from the man who has spent over 30 years of his life understanding the history of floods in Bihar and organizing the communities to recall the local traditional ways of coping with them- Dr. Dinesh Kumar Mishra, in this video. Read more here http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/bihar-embankments-destruction-dinesh-mishra
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The Story of Gottigere Lake in Bangalore
Gottigere is just one of many lakes in Bangalore that is dying from neglect and misuse. Spread across 37 acres, this 500 year old aquifer used to be a source of water for downstream lakes. Now, a group of concerned residents are coming together to bring this lake back to life.
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