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Draft Strategic Plan 2010-2022, for Rural Drinking Water - Comments requested by DDWS (MoRD) by 31 January 2011

Forwarded to the portal by: Sujoy Majumdar, DDWS through the Solution Exchange Water Community

Department of Drinking Water and SanitationThe Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Rural Development, has finalized a draft of its Strategic Plan (2010-22) and is inviting comments from the public, to finalise the draft. Read More

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Environmentalists Your Attention Please: Environmental Expert Database

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The ENVIS Centre in the KSCSTE is preparing a database on environmental experts of Kerala. The primary goal of the Expert Database is to provide access to environmental expert information in order to help stakeholders solve environmental problems and participate in environmental issues. A secondary goal is to promote cross-sector networking and information exchange between environmental experts from other states.

To develop the Expert Database, Environmentalists who are from Kerala are requested to fill & Submit the form given below and/or forward the form to others.

Click here to fill online form.

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National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA) - request for comments

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MoEF Gov of India

The challenge of environmental management and regulation is immense in a country as large and diverse as India. Over the years, legislation has evolved. With the enactment of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986, the various rules and notifications, and the National Environment Policy 2006, a credible legislative and policy base has been created. But there are gaps in the institutional mechanisms and implementation has not kept pace with the legislative and policy evolution.

To over come this problem Ministry Of Environment & Forests (MoEF) Government Of India, has put forward few plans to set up a National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA), which will be responsible for the creation of new policies, implementation of regulations and dispensation of justice in the environmental domain in India.

Ministry Of Environment & Forests (MoEF) Government Of India, has invited comments from the States, civil society, and other stakeholders regarding the design of an appropriate institutional structure for best addressing the growing environmental challenges.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Technology Development and Transfer

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Urekaa! Pee For Power

Content Courtesy: Times Of India

Pee (Urine) that we all flush down the toilet can be the solution to our power crises, now how many of us thought of that. This is exactly what the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is planning to do, to convert urine collected in its public urinals into power. The civic agency has roped in engineers from a US-based company Karan Aneja and Siddhartha Saha, who are engineering graduates from University of California, Berkeley, to study the feasibility of producing power from urine released from its waterless urinals, which are ceramic bowls containing negligible water and bio-degradable chemicals in a cartridge.

Aneja, who is a bio-engineer, claims that they have already generated electricity from urine and their company, SIDKAR, has set up a plant at Okhla as a pilot project. Said Aneja: "From 1 litre of urine, we will be able to produce 1 KW of power. Using a bacterial process in a power plant, urine is converted into hydrogen gas and water. While water is cleaned by reverse osmosis and can be used for industrial purpose, hydrogen is used to produce electricity.''Read More


Seminar on “Emerging Green Business Opportunities”

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CII Gujarat is organizing Seminar on “Emerging Green Business Opportunities" on 27 August 2009 at Hotel Pride, Ahmedabad, With the objective of advancement in development, commercialization and global adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices.

CEOs, Senior and Middle level Managers, Department Heads, Environment Specialists, Consultants, Maintenance Engineers, Operation/Production Managers, Architects, Civil & Structural Engineers, Institutes involved in designing and constructions, Students / Academia are all invited to attend this seminar.

Registration fee:

CII Member:Rs 1,650.00
Non- Member:Rs 2,250.00
Students: Rs 1,100.00Read More

Gyan Choupals: Spreading Climate Literacy & Building Sustainable Systems

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M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) along with The Grameen Gyaan Abhiyan (GGA) is organising a workshop on climate literacy and in building sustainable food and water security systems on 2nd and 3rd of September 2009 in National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.

The two day workshop aims at taking a comprehensive view of the impact of Climate Change on agriculture, natural resources, biodiversity and livelihoods and developing science and action-research based strategies and mechanisms for adaptation and mitigation. Enhancing resilience (coping capacity) is a major goal. The guidelines resulting from this workshop would be integrated in the training and capacity building of the community organizations and individuals through Gyan Choupals / telecentres and Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy (NVA) Fellows. The traditional knowledge and ecological prudence of the rural and tribal communities will be blended with modern science and technology based strategies.

MSSRF & GGA invites one and all to kindly share inputs of materials available in the public domain / or any initiative taken by your organization, also it would grateful if you could kindly share your views in 1 or 2 pages on or before August 20, 2009 for preparing a workshop publication.Read More

5th IWA Specialist Conference - Efficient 2009

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The 5th International Water Association (IWA) conference on the Efficient Use and Management of Urban Water is being held in Sydney Australia from 25th to 28th October 2009. Titled Efficient 2009

IWA invites all to participate in the premier international conference on the efficient use and management of urban water. The aim of the 5th international conference on efficient use and management of water in urban areas is to provide a forum for the exchange of the most recent ideas, techniques and experience in all areas of water management that could contribute to more efficient and sustainable use of water.Read More

International Seminar: Greening Education!

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A 3 day International Seminar on Greening Education will be held from 30th September to 2nd October 2009 in the "green city" of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Education policy makers, representatives of governments and development agencies, Head of Education Institutions, School Teachers and Faculty Members of Universities, Managers/ Adminstrators of Education Institutions, Representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations, Providers of goods and services to education institutions, Sustainable Development Professionals and Educationists interested in introducing sustainable practices are cordially invited .

The main objectives of the International Greening Education Event are:

*To share the significance of greening education.

*To discuss the role of education institutions in developing skills, knowledge and values that promotes behaviour in support of sustainable development.

*To explore best activities that goes beyond awareness raising and makes learning and teaching for sustainability an integral component of school and university life.
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Lifebuoy National Child Health Award

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Lifebuoy National Child Health Symposium (Lifebuoy NCHS) invite key NGOs, educationists, government and policy makers working in the areas such as Child Nutrition, Hygiene, Environment, Education and Social Space for the national seminar in August 2009.

Interested parties should submit a 15 slide presentation on any project that speaks of the success of your efforts. The presentation should cover the following.

1. Area of the child health you have touched on ( one of the five areas mentioned above e.g. hygiene )
2. Number of lives your effort has touched or transformed
3. Challenges you faced
4. Ideas implemented to overcome the challenges and deliver result
5. The result.. comparison of before an after
6. Recognition / awards / citations received so far or references of success

The closing date for receiving the entries is 5th August 2009Read More

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