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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 5 (August 2016)

Cover story

Rich Forest Cover: A Boon or a Bane for the State?

Mukesh Rawat feels that at a time marred with rapid environmental degradation, it is only apt to compensate states maintaining a rich green cover with a special economic package in the form of a ‘Green Bonus’. A rich forest cover is desired by every country today. In India, the Himalayan and the Northeastern states are the richest in forest wealth. Apart from Assam, all the Northeastern states have more than 70 per cent of area under forest. The Himalayan states also register an upward of 45 per cent area under forest cover. This, reportedly, has become a major reason for their ‘stunted’ development.

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Feature

Chemical Fertilizers: Impact on Climate

M N Kulkarni is of the opinion that climate change is an issue of great concern to humanity and mitigation and adaptation measures are to be started as early as possible. The farming community has begun to recognize the ill-effects of chemicals and fertilizers which are rampantly used in agriculture. Of late, the agriculture universities and scientists are speaking about the ill-effects of chemicals and the advocacy for alternatives is gaining momentum.

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August 2016

Cover Story
Rich Forest Cover: A Boon or a Bane for the State?

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Maneka Speaks

The Mosquito Economy: Legally Screened

When you spend a weekend watching Hollywood horror movies based on mosquitoes— Mosquito Man, Skeeter, How a Mosquito Operates, Sucker (the story of a suicidal man transformed into a vengeful mosquito), and Mosquito, then you realize how important the mosquito is to the economy says Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.

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TERI Analysis

Market Creation for Clean Energy Access : Self-help Groups as Channels for Seeding the Market

In the past several decades, Bihar has been reported as performing relatively poor in terms of actual access to electricity services at the household level. This led to an upsurge in footfalls of off-grid product re-sellers and retailers of pico products, such as solar lanterns and small size solar panels. While this has enhanced the exposure of rural consumers to solar products, lack of access to quality products and unavailability of after-sales-service has set the rural consumers, specially the poor, vulnerable.

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Special Report

No More Water Woes: Solving Water Availability Issues

Clean and safe drinking water and water for other uses has always been a challenge for hilly areas. For women, who have to walk far to collect water for the household, it is a daunting and time-consuming task. Nitin Jugran Bahuguna talks about an innovative project of Tata Trusts in collaboration with local, similar-minded NGOs to solve water availability issues for remote villages of Uttarakhand. With assured water supply, the earnings of the locals have gone up as they are able to devote more time to their various enterprises.

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Pioneer

The Widows of Varanasi: Building on their Income-generating Skills

More than 38,000 widows live in one of the ‘holiest’ cities of the Hindus—Varanasi.  They are often abandoned by their relatives who want to usurp their properties. Many of them are young and looking ahead for a new life, but most of them are old and sick. A few have become insane and are counting days before they could achieve nirvana. A few NGOs and ashrams have come up with a vision and programme to help and care for them and also hone their income-generating skills. Although, Varanasi is now an important constituency, the condition of its widows remains pathetic. Rakesh Agrawal ‘Ridh’ takes note of this effort of NGOs and tells you about it.

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In Conversation

Environment Conservation

Mr Rakesh Makkar, Executive Vice President and Head, Business, Marketing and CSR, Fullerton India Credit Company Limited in conversation with Shilpa Mohan for TerraGreen.

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Wildlife

People, Tiger, and Conflict: A Case Study from Assam

It is a matter of pride and pleasure that tigers, and a good population of it, still continue to survive in India which has a population of more than a billion people. Tiger populations have plummeted around the world in the past few decades due to myriad reasons and circumstances ranging from deforestation, habitat fragmentation, poaching, loss of prey, and infectious diseases, among several others. Humans are the core reasons for most of these problems whether it is tigers or their prey being poached, habitat degradation by grazing cattle or firewood and other forest produce collection.

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Green Challenges

Innovative Waste Management: Lana Bhalta Shows the Way

Lana Bhalta is a remote village in one of the most backward districts of Himachal Pradesh, but it can teach a lesson or two on how to manage waste and make use of it to keep the environment free from pollutants as well as earn revenue. Not a scrap of garbage or a drop of filthy water can be seen anywhere in the Gram Panchayat including Baru Sahib complex. The exceptional story of how this small village has emerged as a role model in waste management is told here by Sarita Brara.

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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
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to awards@csptoday.com

Contact:
Matt Carr
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248
matt@csptoday.com