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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 12 (March 2018)

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Saving Vultures in India: Through Conservation Breeding Efforts

Due to the unprecedented scale and speed of decline in vulture population, all the three Gyps vulture species have become critically endangered. In order to ensure survival, it is necessary to bring them into captivity for breeding. In this article, Sarita Brara discusses the efforts that are currently underway in India for the conservation of vultures. While the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has been working for vultures since the 1980s, it has a major role in the conservation breeding of vultures in India. The BNHS had started a vulture care centre near Pinjore in Haryana in 2001 to take care of the dying birds. It was converted into a breeding-conservation centre in 2004. Keep reading to know more...

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Water Scarcity in India: A Grim Reality

World Water Day, on March 22 every year, is about focussing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is 'Nature for Water'-exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. In this article, Viraj Desai highlights the distressing scenario of water scarcity in India as rapid urbanization and industrialization is expected to take a toll on the water availability in India in the future. He also discusses initiatives by the government and corporate companies for water conservation.

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Maneka Speaks

Is Testing on Animals Necessary?: Dogs and Humans Have Nothing in Common

Every year, over 2 lakh dogs are used for testing worldwide to evaluate the safety of new chemicals and drugs. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that laboratory testing conducted on dogs is absolutely unnecessary as these tests do not provide any useful data.

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TERI Analysis

Elements of a Market-Based Energy Access Intervention: A Basic Insight

In spite of being very progressive on the universal energy access goal, the world is home to billions of people who are still reliant on traditional fuels and inefficient technologies for lighting and cooking. In this article, Martand Shardul and P B Singh discuss that in the context of social justice, economic development, and climate change mitigation, facilitating the transition of communities to cleaner and efficient solutions is a must. For a community to transition from grants to a market-linked system, complementary interventions will be helpful.

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Special Report

Resident Welfare Associations: As a Third Component for Sustainable Urban Development

In this article, Dr K S R Murthy has suggested a six-point formula for sustainable development and maintenance of urban environment, with a coordinated approach between RWAs, municipal corporations, pollution control boards, and CSR schemes of major industries. This plan may not be completely feasible for already overgrown cities, but is more suitable for smaller cities and it can be even made mandatory for the smart cities that are being planned by the Government of India.

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Horticulture: For a Green and Beautiful Environment

Horticulturist Shiv Kumar Sharma headed the horticulture department as director in NDMC, before he retired in 2012. Sharma was also part of the design, development, and landscaping work of Delhi's stadia and has made notable contributions in the field. Here, N Kalyani tells us about the remarkable work done by Shiv Kumar Sharma in making Delhi's landscape more beautiful.

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In Conversation

From Growth Hawk to an Enviro-Dove

In the sidelines of a panel discussion on economic development and the environment organized by Oxford University Press, former Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, Shri Jairam Ramesh, in conversation with Megha Aggarwal for TerraGreen.

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Advocating Sustainable Agriculture Practices: In Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve Villages

Agrarian distress due to poor rainfall in successive years, compounded by a shift in cropping patterns and the widespread use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, as well as loss of on-farm diversity were some of the important issues affecting the farmers in Tamil Nadu. With an aim to address these issues, and promote sustainable agriculture and secure livelihoods for the locals, WWF-India, in 2017, extended their support to communities living under Gundri and Koothampalayam Panchayats of Erode district in Tamil Nadu.

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Green Challenges

Sacrifice at the Altar of Development: People are Voicing their Concern

Pancheshwar Dam is a rock-fill dam which is being constructed on River Sarda on the Indo-Nepal border. It is said to be the largest hydropower project in South Asia. However, Dr Rakesh Agrawal 'Ridh' highlights the concern of the common people as the project is likely to affect 134 villages and 31,000 households in Uttarakhand, and many more indirectly, and is also likely to submerge 11,600 ha land.

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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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