Project Reports

Drought preparedness of vulnerable sections in rural telangana

Final Project Report

The drought policy environment emanates from sectors of disaster management, water, agriculture, climate change, environment, rural development, food security and health. The definitions and discourses of droughts in government policy reflect the ways in which the problem and significance of droughts is understood by policy. This lens through which the problem is understood determines the ways in which policy responds to it. In recent years there is a weakening of the deterministic link of droughts with rainfall failure and strengthened link with water scarcity, which has created a space, at the very root, for a greater role of policy in creating and ameliorating droughts. Droughts are experienced differently by varied geographies and socioeconomies. Spatially there is a non-linear and imperfect linkage between rainfall deficiency, agriculture failure, and drinking water distress which needs to be taken into account in policy thinking, Also, while some sections are able to cope better during droughts, vulnerable sections suffer disproportionately due to their lower resilience to reduced incomes and poor quality of access to resources. Download pdf

Water Quality

Study on Water Quality Laboratories (2014 - 2015)

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Water Security in Peri-Urban Hyderabad

Water Security in Peri-Urban Hyderabad

India's nature of urbanization processes has undergone a change since the neo-liberal reforms in 1991. Several Indian cities have seen steady growth, sustained by a real estate boom and the rapid growth of outsourcing and other services (Narain, 2016). In this scenario the peripheries of these urban agglomeration face challenges of water security, particularly as their resources are re-appropriated to, and polluted by, growing urban cores (Prakash, 2014). The peri-urban areas are proximal but lack the same benefits of urban areas, and are being systematically exploited to cater the need of the neighboring city. Typically, the peri-urban areas experience a spillover effect from the city thereby resulting in its expansion. Download pdf

Water Security in Peri Urban South Asia

Climatic trends and variability in South Asia A case of four periurban locations

This report is divided into six chapters focusing on climate trends and variability issues in four peri-urban research locations in three south Asian countries. Four chapters following the introduction dwell on the climate related issues and concerns in Khulna (Bangladesh) , Kathmandu (Nepal), Gurgaon and Hyderabad (India). Chapter six summarises the main issues and challenges of climate variability and its impact on the peri-urban population. Download pdf

Local Perceptions of Climate Change: A reference to changes in water level - Uthpal Kumar and M. Rashed Jalal
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Climate Change and Its Implications: What Science Says and What Local People Perceive?
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Report on state of Sand mining at Peri-Urban Kathmandu: Case of Jhaukhel VDC - Rajesh Sada and Anushiya Shrestha
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Climate trends and variability in South Asia: A case of four peri-urban locations - M Shah Alam Khan, M Shahjahan Mondal, Rajesh Sada and Shaili Gummadilli
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Participatory and Visual Assessments of Urbanization, Climate Change and Water Use Practices: An approach in South Asia - Vishal Narain, Rajesh Sada, Uthpal Kumar Roy, Vasundhara Dash, Pranay Ranjan

Scoping Study Reports

A scoping study was carried out from August 2010 – January 2011. It was an exploratory phase investigating the key peri-urban issues in the research sites and the impact of changing peri-urban landscape on water security and climate vulnerability. Four scoping study reports consolidate the outcome of this study.


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Rural to Urban Transistions and the Periurban Interface

Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of the Brahmaputra River

Genderscape of the Brahmaputra River An Exploratory Exposition

The individual and the gendered roles around water are well-recognized in the existing social science discourses, as also the traditionally masculine and elite nature of water management. The latter is disconnected from realities on ground since the lives that depend centrally on water in particular and natural resources in general are predominantly of the rural poor, shaped by pluralities of caste, ethnicity, and spatial contexts which are essentially gendered. The connection between those who govern water and those that are governed is not made adequately, far less so in the context of transboundary water management. It is nevertheless important to recognise that if the perspectives of the ‘governed’, i.e. the people whose lives revolve around these rivers, are not incorporated in the governance of the transboundary rivers, it would be impossible to ensure environmentally just and sustainable processes. The river impacts lives of people that are commonly ‘voiceless’ or do not have the agency to articulate their perspectives in relevant forums. This study aims to learn from these voices, paying particular attention to people living ‘with the river’ Brahmaputra, those from marginalised classes and social groups, including women. It is hoped that this report lays a base of socio-economic information that feeds into a successful dialogue. Download pdf

Social Networks