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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 11 (February 2018)

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Conservation of Mangrove Forests: For Fighting Coastal Disasters and Carbon Emissions

It was only after the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004, and many other cyclones that hit coastal regions of the world in the previous years, the conservation of mangrove forests gained importance. Mangrove plantations are not just a wall against disasters, but also hold socio-economic importance, for people dependent on these for their livelihood. In this article, Sharada Balasubramanian and Rahul Chavan look at how mangroves-the world's most productive ecosystem-need to be conserved.

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Are Our Coasts Up for Sale?: Draft MCRZ Holds out a Worrying Prospect

India's coastal regulation norms are set for a revision under the draft 'Marine and Coastal Regulation Zone (MCRZ) Notification 2017'. The draft, as reported, proposes to shrink the no-development zone in rural coastal areas from 200 m from the high tide line to 50 m. Here, Dr Rina Mukherji discusses the implications of these revisions on coastal populations and livelihoods while raising a pertinent question: have we put our coasts up for sale in the quest for development?

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February 2018

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Conservation of Mangrove Forests: For Fighting Coastal Disasters and Carbon Emissions

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Maneka Speaks

Bring Back Good Food: With Organic Seeds

Women warriors don't go to the border to fight wars nor is culture dissemination restricted to the arts. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi talks about women who change bad farming practices and work hard among local farmers to disseminate organic seeds of forgotten vegetable and grain varieties that don't need pesticides and chemical fertilizers to grow. Their effort is to restore heritage plants and get people to eat pure food.

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TERI Analysis

Loss and Damage: A Whirlwind Mechanism

Loss and damage (L and D), in the context of climate change, is associated with the particular impacts of climate change in developing countries vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme weather events. In this article, Kavya Bajaj helps us understand the milestone developments that have taken place in various climate conferences regarding this controversial mechanism.

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Special Report

Rambling Exploitation of the Nandhor Valley: Time to Set the Preferences Right

The scenic Nandhor Valley is located at the heart of the Terai Arc Landscape in Uttarakhand. But, the last two decades have not been good for the valley. Rajshekhar Pant points out in this article that River Nandhor and valley are being exploited round the year for petty gains through sand mining and illegal excavation, and now time is ripe to end the perverted practices. Squandering of government funds, in the name of conservation, must also be stopped.

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Women's Leadership Schools: Empowering Indian Women

Sarah Berry talks about a pioneering initiative by S M Sehgal Foundation, Gurugram, Haryana, that empowers women in a few Indian states to become advocates of their own development, by providing them information and support and making them aware of government programmes to ensure better delivery of public services. At Women's Leadership Schools, women learn about crucial issues, such as food security, health and nutrition, their right to information, and social security programmes.

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In Conversation

Common Man on a Mission: To Save Trees

Anadish Pal is a prime example of what a citizen should do every time a precious tree is slayed. An inventor by profession, Anadish rose to popularity as an environmentalist in 2008 when he gathered the courage to fight tooth and nail against the girdling of a tree in his locality. Ten years later, he continues to plant trees and raise awareness on the importance of saving trees. As this interview with Namrata Gulati Sapra will reveal, the passionate environmentalist does not mince his words when it comes to issues concerning the environment, particularly trees.

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Perceptions Amidst Conflict: People and Voices from the Sundarbans

Sundarbans is a complex cluster of low-lying islands stretching along the coastline of India and Bangladesh. Distinguished by the unique mangrove forests, the Sundarbans landscape is a microcosm for examining the dilemmas of development, ecology, and competing values.

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Green Challenges

Need to Introduce BSc in Agroforestry: As a Green Initiative in India's Education System

Agroforestry is a highly interdisciplinary and cohesive subject that interlinks trees (forestry), crops and soil (agriculture), livestock (veterinary), fisheries, and so on. In this article, Dr Arvind Bijalwan, Dr Manmohan J R Dobriyal, and Dr Anil Kumar Shankhwar feel that in the current scenario, where each sector is widening its specialized disciplines with skilled human resource as per the global demand, it is imperative for the agriculture and forestry sector in India to introduce an innovative and focussed graduation programme in agroforestry.

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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