Rio in Bunderland – diamonds or dust?

Mining giant Rio Tinto expects to reap massive profits from its new Indian venture at Bunder in the Chhatarpur district of Bundelkhand region, Madhya Pradesh state. The company describes this as: “[t]he most advanced diamond project worldwide (sic) and the most…

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Spring Water Management in Doon Valley, U.P.

Participation: Local People of Dwara Gaon Sabha; Village Panchayats; Mahila Mangal Dals and Staff of Watershed Management Directorate BACKGROUND There are numerous natural springs in the Doon Valley. These are important sources of clean water and were highly…

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Polavaram Dam – A Critical View on Ecological Governance

Seventy years have passed  since  the  first  proposal  to  make  a  dam  on  the  Godavari  in  Andhra Pradesh was conceived. In all these years it has developed more controversies and conflicts. The  project is still a matter of several litigations….

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Water in Towns : Communitize or Commodify?

Water is not about water. Water is about building people’s institutions and their power to take control over decisions. When we began this effort at Dehradun on a Rapid Action Analysis of the existing water supply systems in this ancient valley town that we chose…

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