Opinion

Community conserved areas of Nagaland: a case study

18 Dec 2016 |
| The Goan

Introduction

The State of Nagaland, one of the "Seven Sister" States of the North-Eastern region is a land of lush green forests, rolling mountains, enchanting valleys, swift flowing streams and beautiful landscapes endowed with rich biodiversity. Falling in the Indo-Malayan Region, it is also part of a global biodiversity hotspot, and the remarkable floral and faunal diversity of the area can be attributed to the wide range of climatic conditions, elevation gradients and vegetation types that are characteristic of the state.

The protected area network of India

17 Dec 2016 |
| The Goan

Introduction

India with 2.4% of the world's land area is home to 7-8% of the recorded species of the world, which includes 46,000 plant species and 91,000 animal species. Conservation of wild flora and fauna has been an integral part of Indian history. From a network of 54 national parks and 373 sanctuaries giving a combined coverage of 3.34% of the country's geographical area in 1988, the protected area network has grown steadily.

Addressing climate risks: Bridging science and policy

27 Nov 2016 |
| The Goan

Introduction

Risks arising out of climate change are many and manifest across regions, for example, coasts face a different threat as compared to the mountains. Owing to these varied impacts arising out of varied climate risks, governing climate change is ever so difficult. A step forward towards building resilience and addressing climate risks is to bridge the gap between science and policy across administrative levels (villages, district, state and country).

Climate change and tourism

26 Nov 2016 |
| The Goan

Introduction

Goa to a large extent relies on tourism, which remains to be a major contributor to its economy. The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) pegged the Gross Value Added (GVA) by tourism at 7.39% for the state as opposed to a national average of 3.80% for the year 2009-2010. This underscores the dependency of the state's economy on tourism, and highlights the need to understand the implications that climate change would pose to the tourism sector.

How Indian businesses can help in mitigating climate change

24 Nov 2016 |
Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran
| DailyO

While the beginning of the Climate Change Conference in Marrakech was marked with apprehension post the US election results, it concluded with optimism and promise on climate action post the 2015 Climate Agreement.

Improvement of public toilets to boost tourism in Goa

20 Nov 2016 |
| The Goan

Introduction

The serene beaches, picturesque environment and unique heritage have been a competitive asset to Goa's tourism industry. While the government invests heavily in tourist infrastructure, investment in public toilets to support tourism is yet to grab serious attention of policy makers. Various studies highlight the direct link between sanitation and tourism. Availability of hygienic and comfortable public toilets is extremely important for the touristic State of Goa, which is one of the favourite tourist destinations globally.

Improvement in faecal sludge management for realising the goal of sustainable sanitation in Goa

19 Nov 2016 |
| The Goan

Introduction

The State of Goa has made tremendous improvements on various economic and social development parameters, but the sanitation indicators have relatively lagged behind. With 76.08 per cent toilet coverage in the state, only 18 per cent of these toilets are connected to the underground sewer network, leaving a majority of the households in the state with the options of septic tanks and pit latrines.

Appalling sanitation

19 Nov 2016 |
| The Statesman

On November 19, the world including India will be celebrating the World Toilet Day 2016, the theme of which is 'Toilets and Jobs'. It aims to increase awareness on how access to or lack of access to sanitation affects the livelihood of people, impacts the economy, and the health and physical safety of people, especially women and girls.

Towards developing a climate resilient Panaji

06 Nov 2016 |
| The Goan

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Developing smart and sustainable cities: Implications for Panaji

05 Nov 2016 |
| The Goan

INTRODUCTION

Cities all over the world are faced with diverse challenges ranging from urbanization, population growth, poverty, to the impending falls outs of climate change. In developing countries, the rapid rate of urbanization in cities is often associated with overpopulation, disproportionate resource consumption, undue pressure on infrastructure, and development practices which are not adequately sensitive to the environment.