Sustainable Water Solutions

Rejuvenating Springs, Streams and Small Rivers: The Importance of Starting Small

Indira Khurana Ph.D.
A river is a living ecosystem and a generous provider. Cultures and civilization, arts and folklore, food cultivation and livelihoods have centered around rivers. Communities often introduce themselves by associating themselves with the river that flows...

Rethinking the Commons

-Vishal Narain
Commons are under threat. In India, and elsewhere in South Asia, communities collectively managed natural resources like lakes, wetlands, ponds, grazing lands and pastures. These commons played an important role in sustaining local livelihoods. In particular, they were important for small and...

SmartPaani: Rainwater Harvesting System as a Social Business Enterprise

-Suman Shakya
In the 1980s, I was a student in a school in Kalimpong, the picturesque town of West Bengal, India. The town faced severe shortages of drinking water and a family would receive supply in turn. Those with resources would get a connection for a price, but...

Can the Colorado River Sustain More Population Growth?

-Gary Wockner
News reports about the Colorado River over the last few months have been intense and depressing. The first ever "cuts" in water deliveries out of the river to Arizona and Nevada took hold last week, with more cuts likely coming to more...

Urban Floods are Becoming More Deadly

-Ajaya Dixit
South Asia is in its peak monsoon season, and floods are increasingly becoming grave threats to the region’s population. Nepal, this year, is facing massive impact from floods and landslides. I ponder on how climate change will exacerbate these events and...

2020 Hyderabad Floods: Reviving Lakes and Reforming Water Education

- Dr. Jasveen Jairath
In August 2000, the city of Hyderabad in central India recorded a total of 469 mm of rain in one day. It led to one of the worst floods in the city since 1908 when the Mosi River was...

Community-Centred Flood Early Warning System in Nepal

- Dinanath Bhandari
Flood disasters cause significant loss and damage in Nepal. In an effort to minimize the impacts of flood disasters, strategies for risk reduction, including community-based flood early...

Covid-19: A Clarion Call for Conscientious Capitalism

-Dr. Samar Verma
A century from now, historians would see Covid19 and the year 2020 as a turning point in human history; a moment of reckoning when the philosophy of human progress itself would have evolved to dismantle...

Buddhist Economics

- Ashraya Dixit

Right livelihood’ is one of the Buddha’s noble eightfold paths. But what does that mean for a Nepali, and can such concepts hold any relevance in these difficult times brought about by COVID-19? The human...

Scarcity in Abundance: Addressing Drinking Water Woes in Flood-prone Zones in North Bihar

As called for in agreements between India and Nepal on the tributaries of the Ganga River such as the Sarada (1920 and later included in the Mahakali Treaty 1996), the Koshi (1954) and the Gandak (1959), barrages...

Two Water Manifestos of the 1990s

South Asia's waterscape faces worrying trends in public health, infrastructure development, and climate change, posing major challenges for the people and governments. Here we present two documents, produced in the mid-1990s, that had already identified...

Valuing Water from a Transboundary Perspective in South Asia

Transboundary water governance in South Asia is often described as a “wicked problem” — a problem that is nearly impossible to solve — because of its inherently contradictory and changeable nature, one which makes solutions difficult to identify...

Building the Green City of the Future: Inclusive Technologies and Inclusive Materials

Humans began building houses to keep rain, moisture, wind, heat, and cold out and to keep themselves safe from other animals. As we evolved and moved to cities, we began to pave the ground with...

A Reflection on South Asian Rivers

Rivers are creations of nature and living entities. From its origin to its end in a sea, a river connects landscape, boulders, sand, silt, aquatic beings, and humans. Rivers and water bodies like ponds, lakes, streams, groundwater, and oceans are intrinsically linked...

Localizing the Integrated Water Resource Management Approach

As somebody who was born and raised in an urban setting and had the privilege of running water at home, I had little appreciation of the difficulties people in rural areas faced in terms of getting safe drinking water. Since 2004, however...

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