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Current Issue - Volume 10 Issue 2 (May 2017)

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Facilitating Ecotourism in Himachal Pradesh: by Tapping the Vast Potential

Ecotourism is gaining widespread popularity as more and more people are looking for an escape from their busy schedules, congestion, and pollution of bustling cities, albeit for a few days. With exotic and rare varieties of flora and fauna, and innumerable trekking routes and trails in the midst of its dense forests, sky is the limit for exploring the untapped potential for ecotourism in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. Sarita Brara highlights some individual and the state government’s efforts in this direction to make this beautiful state a leading ecotourism destination in India. Simultaneously, she also analyses a few challenges that need to be overcome to realize the goal.

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Developing Green Jet Fuel: The Challenges and Future Prospects

Aviation biofuel or biojet fuel is used for propelling aircrafts and is considered by some experts to be the primary means by which the aviation industry can reduce its carbon footprint. But, for this to materialize, many concerns and challenges lie ahead as biojet fuels remain limited and expensive. In this article, Dr Pradeep Kumar Mukherjee discusses about the process of development of aviation biofuels, the advances that have taken place in this field, and the challenges linked to the sustainable production of biojet fuels.

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Maneka Speaks

Honeybees: Crucial for Sustaining Life on Earth!

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi says that honeybees are one of the most important beings on our planet as they pollinate plants—without which no plant would give fruit or grain and humans would die of hunger. We should do everything to help honeybees survive.

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TERI Analysis

Future of Development:Low Rise or High Rise?

With rapid shift towards urbanization in India, it is anticipated that 600 million Indians would reside in urban areas by 2030 as against 377 million people as per the 2011 census. This indicates that the urban areas are getting further crowded, leading to high population density. In this regard, Ar. Namrata Mahal examines the future of development in India—whether it should be low rise or high rise, with special reference to one of the panel discussions that took place during the 8th GRIHA Summit 2017.

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Special Report

Energy and Water from Himalayan Rivers:Need for Prudent Sharing of Benefits and Opportunities

The Himalayan rivers, such as the Ganges and Brahmaputra, are the chief sources of energy and water to most of the major cities in India. The Himalayan communities have a major role in the maintenance of these river systems. In this regard, Dr Yashwant S Rawat feels that Himalayan states must also be considered judiciously while providing energy and water supply from the Himalayan rivers as it is very essential for an inclusive development of the Himalayan states to combat climate change and poverty. It would help to build buoyant Himalayan communities as they are highly susceptible to climate change and natural disasters.

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Kusum-tai: Inspiring People to Conserve Indigenous Flora

Kusum Dahivalkar or Kusum-tai, as she is fondly called, has dedicated her life to the mission of inspiring the general masses to conserve and plant trees, and live in as much close proximity with nature as possible. Surekha Kadapa-Bose (Courtesy: Women's Feature Service) highlights her mission and relentless pursuit of imparting knowledge to people about indigenous species of plants and their healing qualities.

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In Conversation

Nurturing Environment through Considerate Photojournalism

Kalyan Varma is an award winning wildlife photographer, filmmaker, and conservationist specializing in environment, ecology, and conservation in India. He freelances with many of the world's leading magazines, environmental NGOs, and television channels, such as Nat Geo and BBC. He collaborates with wildlife scientists, conservationists, policymakers, activists, and educators on conservation action, activism, documentation, books, and film projects. Here, he is in an exclusive email conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.

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Communities and Conservation: The Story of Rampur Tongia, Uttarakhand

Living with wildlife is a way of life for the people of Rampur Tongia as there is a substantial population of tigers, leopards, elephants, nilgai, etc., in the forests of Ramnagar. Living in such close proximity to the forests also makes them vulnerable to conflict with carnivores and wild herbivores. The article highlights WWF India's efforts in Rampur Tongia in engaging with the communities living in close proximity to the forests and wildlife.

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Green Challenges

Rainwater Harvesting: A Potential Solution to the Water Scarcity Challenge

With the rapid growth and increase in population in urban areas, such as Delhi-NCR, the concern of potable water supply is simultaneously growing. In this regard, Dr Fayaz Ahmad Malla and Sonia Grover discuss how rainwater harvesting could become a feasible alternative of potential water source for residential and commercial buildings, along with irrigation during water crisis.

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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