Environment

environmentIndia is rich in biodiversity and natural resources. It is home to over 45,000 plant species and over 90,000 animal species. Yet these resources are at risk. The forces of urbanization and industrialization that feed economic growth are often at odds with the environment. Pollution, industry and poor agricultural management strip its fertile environment of key minerals and nutrients. Depleted water resources and forced migration cause conflicts of increasing tension. Further, India’s dependence on monsoon rains makes it particularly susceptible to the dangerous effects of climate change. In this section, IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents report on the environment.

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Proposed Port Development in Goa Threatens to Wipe out Fishing Communities

 
/ October 3, 2018

Sagarmala, a project designed to modernise India’s ports, threatens to wipe out the livelihoods of fisherfolk in Goa.

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Kashmiri Youth In Tourist Town Tackle Waste

 
/ August 27, 2018

An environment lover in J&K’s Anantnag district is recruiting volunteers to help clean his town of trash.

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Flood-Affected Farmers Fight for Entitled MNREGA Benefits

 
/ August 20, 2018

While floods in Bihar get some media attention, the effects on the agrarian community are far reaching and need sustainable solutions rather than immediate relief packages.

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Clean Up Your Act, and Clean Up the Environment

 
/ June 5, 2018

When it comes to the environment, there is a definite truth to the cliché, ‘change begins with us’.

“The Forest is our Mother”: Conservation and Sustainable Living in Odisha

 
/ April 11, 2018

Most indigenous communities traditionally depend on forests for their lives and livelihoods, forests that are steadily shrinking. When the forest resources in Nayagarh started to disappear, the community took to conservation and sustainable living, exercising their lawful forest rights.

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Ecotourism and Forest Conservation: A Lesson from Maharashtra

 
/ February 2, 2018

In a small village in Maharashtra, a local community turned to ecotourism as its economic mainstay; the results can serve as a model to emulate.

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Green College: Education with a Purpose

 
/ January 2, 2018

The Green College in Odisha is leading by example in the field of rural innovation and sustainable livelihoods.

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Riverine Erosion Swallows Livelihoods in West Bengal

 
/ November 30, 2017

For the past 16 years, riverine erosion by the Ghargharia river has been eating away at the land in Coochbehar’s Uttar Kaljani village, while the authorities do nothing.