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Current Issue - Volume 9 Issue 3 (June 2016)

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The Ghost Villages of Uttarakhand : The Need for Rehabilitation

The state of Uttarakhand carved in the year 2000 has 88 per cent of its total expanse in the hilly terrains. Nine of its 13 districts are completely in the hills and two are partially hilly. Tax holidays offered by the Centre to the companies for setting up units in the state did attract sizeable investment, but mostly to benefit the twin plain districts of Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar. Per capita income in hills is still half of what it has been in plain districts. Just 18 per cent of cultivable land here is irrigated as compared to the 95 per cent in plains. The delimitation exercise of the year 2006 has robbed hills of six of its seats in the legislative assembly. All this has been instrumental in triggering out-migration from hills in search of greener pastures. Over 1,000 villages are completely depopulated as on date. Rajshekhar Pant writes on these Ghost Villages of Uttarakhand, where housing infrastructure still remains without those who once occupied it.

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Environmental Impact of Aviation : High Flying Impact Yet Grounded On Action

Guy Noronha talks about the heart-warming examples of how things are improving in the aviation world. More and more self-regulation is being undertaken by several airline managements through operations efficiency; getting the maximum value out of timetables, route networks, flight frequencies and minimizing empty seats. Airlines are also funding research into newer, better fuels, and aircraft designs to help reduce their carbon footprint.

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June 2016

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The Ghost Villages of Uttarakhand : The Need for Rehabilitation

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Maneka Speaks

Animal Ingredients in Cosmetics

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi talks about the indiscriminate use of animal products used in the production of cosmetic products. The list of nasty stuffs used to make one feel ‘prettier’ may compel us to toss out all these products and go au naturel instead!

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TERI Analysis

Water–Energy–Food Interlinkages in Urban Ecosystem : Developing a Framework for Adaptation

Cities are centre for population, commerce, as well as culture and are essential engines of economic growth of every nation including India.  The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (Goal no. 11) have emphasized on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by implementing integrated policies and plans for resource-use efficiency and adaptation to climate change.

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Special Report

Uttarakhand’s Battling Interests : Time for Change

Tourism and hydroelectricity generation are the major contributors to Uttarakhand’s economy. However, Mukesh Rawat is of the opinion that underutilization of existing hydroelectricity projects, indifference towards environmental impact, proposals of new projects in environmentally sensitive zones, and acute concentration of tourism in selected pockets is a cause of much worry.

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Blazing Hills of Uttarakhand : Need for Timely Interventions

This year, between February and May alone, more than 1,681 incidences of fire have been reported destroying 3,500 ha of forest land. Some people overlooked it as they no longer attached themselves to these forests and considered them ‘sarkari (something for which the government is held accountable)’. However, in villages such as Jardhargaon in Tehri district and Ufarenkhal village in Pauri district, people have been protecting and conserving the forests since the early 1080s and have also constructed traditional water harvesting structures such as jal tallaiyas respectively. Rakesh Agrawal ‘Ridh’ discusses the reasons behind this inferno, its extent, and solutions.

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In Conversation

Heat Action Plans

Anjali Jaiswal, India Initiative Director, NRDC and Nehmat Kaur, India Consultant, NRDC, in conversation with Sapna Gopal for TerraGreen.

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Super Sniffers : The New Champion Fighting Wildlife Crime in India

As many as 11 dog squads, comprising one dog and two handlers, have been playing a critical role in guarding the massive landscape of the Satpuda–Maikal and parts of Central India which are amongst WWF’s global priority regions for wildlife conservation, especially tigers. Spanning across 19 districts in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Chhattisgarh, the landscape supports 7 per cent of the world’s and 12 per cent of India’s tiger population, with some of the largest contiguous forested tracks connected through wildlife corridors. It also houses some of the critical tiger reserves, such as Kanha, Satpuda, Pench, Melghat, Tadoba, and Achanakmar.

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Green Challenges

Corporate Social Responsibility : Green Energy Initiatives

Businesses can make a positive intervention in the society by adding renewable energy projects to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. As sustainable business practices proliferate the news in this new era of transparency and environmental consciousness, a formal sustainability strategy is no longer an option; it is an imperative. The article discusses strategies of three business organizations in adopting green energy initiatives. Cairn India Limited (CIL) has been empowering communities by adding renewable energy projects to its CSR activities. Safe Water Network (SWN) and Honeywell India (NYSE: HON) too announced the launch of the 25th Honeywell-funded iJal safe water station in Telangana to mark the World Water Day.

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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
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248