Glimpses of books
Watershed management in Himalaya: Concept & strategy
(Ed) B P Pandey, C Pant, K L Arya and Sharma
A Gyanodaya Prakashan, Uttranchal, 2002, pp 395, Rs
The 37 chapters of this edited volume gives a complete practical
understanding of different water regimes prevalent in Uttranchal, largely from technical
perspective. The experiences of the watershed works already completed form an important
part of the book.
It is an outcome of a three-day workshop organised by Watershed Management
Directorate, Dehradun in July 2001.
|Jal sanchay, tank nirman
Parmeshwar N Shivpuri
P N S publication 2002, pp 56, Rs 35
A self help guide to harvest rain. This comprehensive technical manual is
written in Hindi.
This exceedingly readable book covers five themes: water regimes, geological
features and problems, refined strategies to manage watersheds, participatory aspects and
GIS application in watershed management of Uttranchal.
Every chapter is a well researched piece.Taking a refreshing perspective writers
while acknowledging the limitations, suggest ways to work around them. One of the writer
observes that "Even 100th part of the total rainfall can fulfil the need for the
area." Another author portrays the importance of lakes in the survival of
Uttranchal's drainage system with a easy to understand map. The relevance of GIS
application has been highlighted.
The only limitation of this work is that though the role of communities is not
completely ignored but has been unnecessarily sidelined.
The references provided at the end of each chapter are priceless. This book is
like King Soloman's treasure for the planners, administrators and researchers with an
interest in natural resource management of a mountainous region.
|Managing water in Chennai
A Vaidyanathan, J Saravanan
A CSE publication, New Delhi, 2002, pp 20, free
Supported by facts, the paper begins by detailing the nature and status of
problems faced by Chennai's water supply system. It critically reviews the governmental
measures. An overall water balance of sources and usage for different purposes clearly
indicate the need to promote community-based rainwater conservation. The cost-benefit
analysis of the technique is demonstrated through four case studies. A thought provoking
20 minutes documentary, produced by CSE, takes the viewer to meet five invisible people,
who have kept the intricate traditional science of water management alive from the modern
onslaught. Four of them are engineers - Chewang Norphel's zings from Ladakh, Magga Ram
Suthar's beris from Rajasthan, Ran Singh's kundis from Rajasthan and Kunhikannan Nair's
surangam from Tamil Nadu; and, a neerkati (water manager) Ganesan from Kerala. The
documentary introduces a viewer with the technique as well as the social management
practices governing it. It is available both as a cassette and CD for Rs 750. The
documentary is a visual treat!
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