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We are launching a new site on Rainwater Harvesting and Lake Revival
CSE has been promoting the concept of water harvesting, particularly in urban areas, as a technological solution that can be adopted by all. CSE’s campaign to promote water harvesting began with its in-depth research on India’s rich traditions in using rainwater for a sustainable, participatory and equitable management of water. The research culminated in the book, Dying Wisdom: Rise, Fall and Potential of India’s Traditional Water Harvesting Systems. CSE has compiled a database of NGOs and individuals knowledgeable about water harvesting across the country. In 2001, CSE published another book, Making Water Everybody’s Business: Policy and Practice of Water Harvesting, which captures numerous case studies of village communities involved in water harvesting both in India and abroad.

For urban audiences CSE’s programme to build model institutions shows people how rainwater harvesting is done. In order to create awareness among opinion and decision-makers, CSE provided them with easily understandable briefing papers that explained how policy options can be developed and implemented. CSE recently published a toolkit on urban rainwater harvesting, Catch Water Where It Falls - Toolkit on Urban Rainwater Harvesting. CSE also runs free consultancies for the communities and help them to plan and design rainwater harvesting.

Apart from this CSE is also working on wetland conservation campaign. Wetlands are vital sponges in the city. They prevent flood and recharge groundwater. Along with being an aesthetic entity, they provide social, economic and environmental beneficiaries. In the past CSE reported and brought together people who are concerned with the protection of these water bodies. CSE has been facilitating a forum where the lake protectors can come together to learn from each other. The organisation has created a database of these endangered waterbodies, collected information on how people are fighting for the restoration of these lakes in courts and is also bringing people together through meetings. CSE has also compiled successful case studies of lake revival across India.



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Find Your Lake!
If you like us to add any further information about a lake/wetland, please contact Amandeep Kang: amandeep@cseindia.org.
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J A L   S W A R A J   C A M P A I G N
Click HereA campaign for participatory, equitable and decentralised paradigm for water management with the objective of making water everybody's business.
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G R A S S R O O T    I N I T I T A T I V E S
The farmers of Ambaredi village boast of their lush green fields and full brim river even during the dry months of the year. Village Ambaredi in Jamkandorna taluka experienced a complete changeover from dry agricultural land to lush green fields only after 2000.

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Urban Water Supply
Demand for water is growing in most cities as every urban citizen requires almost double the amount of water that a rural citizen requires. Moreover, India is rapidly urbanising.

Urban population in India has grown almost five times in five decades from 1951 (62.44 million) to 2001 (286.08). Not long ago, most of our cities were self sufficient in meeting their water needs from the extensive urban water bodies to supply water to citizens. Today these water bodies have completely disappeared. Municipalities have been stretched to their limits to find water for the growing urban populations. Groundwater is being extracted by the government as well as the private parties.


View Delhi's history of development of water supply   Chennai-Excess Exploitation of Groundwater & Saline Intrusion
NEWS ALERT
Action Alert: Delhi's interceptor sewer project
In the name of cleaning the river Yamuna, the Delhi government has recently cleared a Rs 1,950-crore project to lay sewers to intercept drains carrying sewage from colonies not connected to the city sewage system. But, will it clean the river at all? Or is it more money down the drain?

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  JOIN THE NATIONWIDE RAINWATER HARVESTING DATABASE
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Counting the raindrops

CSE needs your help to create a nation-wide database of Urban Rainwater Harvesting structures and practitioners, which can be accessed by all online.
Please fill in this simple form to add your project to the database.
  BEST RAINWATER HARVESTER'S AWARD

DJB announces Best rainwater harvester’s award


In a bid to encourage the rainwater harvesters and acknowledge the efforts of those contributing to it, Delhi government announced the Chief Minister’s “Best Rain Harvester” award. The award carries Rs. 2 lakhs and a citation in Category- I (Institutions and Housing Societies) while under category-II (Individuals) can get hold of Rs.1 lakh and a citation.

For more details see TOI dated [3.01.2006] or Click here>> [pdf]
 
DOWN TO EARTH
analysisWater budget

All that you wanted to know about water management schemes, but didn’t know who to ask
[Feb.28, 2006]
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E V E N T S
Traveling Film Festival in Orissa: Environment-Beyond Trees And Tigers
[Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2005]
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Seminar for teachers on Environment Education at Megpai, Faridabad

[Dec.13, 2005]

 
W O R L D   W A T E R  W E E K
 
water prizePRESS RELEASE:
[Aug. 26, 2005]
CSE director Sunita Narain receives the World Water Prize in Stockholm. Narain accepts award on behalf of unsung "water engineers and water managers of the world"
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W A T E R   V I E W S   
Barrage of sewage
Kanpur will have a Rs 412.44 crore Ganga drain by 2031
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Strait hit
Sri Lanka opposes India's Sethusamudram project
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Water wrangle
States slug it out over rivers
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Lake assault
Udaipur's waterbodies run dry, authorities run amok
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E N V I R O N M E N T    F O R   C H I L D R E N

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The cacophony over water
[May 31, 2005]

W A T E R    I N    N E W S
MOEF releases draft of the National Environment Policy

India's second Raincentre comes up in Meerut
T E C H N O L O G Y
RWH techniques in the northeastern hill ranges

Sari to harvest rain!


Chauka Magic in central highlands
D O W N L O A D S
National Environment Policy, 2004

Abridged version of Pani Ghano Anmol- findings of survey on water resources in Meerut


A guide map on hydro-geology of Chennai

Water profile of Thiruvananthapuram

Water profile of Kolkata

 
Papers
rainfall CSE's Work on Draft Legal Framework for Conservation and Protection of Inland Wetlands in South Asia
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Database on Threathened Lakes

Technical Advice
Catch Rainwater: Solve your water problems Technical advice for planning and designing rainwater harvesting

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Rainfall data for major Cities of India

 
 
Down to Earth
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Cover Story
Emergency call

Nearly 140,000 people in India died in road accidents last year. Several communicable diseases together do not take such a huge toll on human life. But the country does not see road safety as a health crisis, writes Kundan Pande
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TIGER TASK FORCE
Government appoints CSE director, Sunita Narain, chairperson of a five-member Task Force to review the management of Tiger Reserves in India

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Water use by Industry: Industry pays a pittance for the water it uses, and wastes
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Drip Irrigation: Small farmers are constantly innovating with sustainable irrigation
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Mercury pollution: Startling evidence of the looming crisis in India
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