Women Water Champions: A compendium of 41 women stewards from the grassroots

A report published in June 2021 by UNDP India. UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility (WGF)’s under the Goal Waters Programme, with support from Sweden, provided funding and technical expertise to UNDP India in this WWC initiative.

This compendium is only a first step in documenting and recognising women’s participation in the water sector, among many others who are breaking gender barriers in water management.

These women are from different regions, from the remotest of villages and tribal belts in the country, from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds. It covers nearly 14 states in India: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.

The works range from mobilizing communities on water conservations, flood management, promoting and practicing water use efficiency, creating rainwater harvesting infrastructure, irrigation water management and improving agricultural productivity, restoration of groundwater, awareness building in clean drinking water, leading water user groups, and working towards sustainable development. These pathbreaking works highlight that these women have not only secured their livelihoods and protected their communities through environmentally sound and sustainable practices, they have often also helped to further empower other women, upscale the activities and bolster economic opportunities for many.

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Water, Flood Management and Water Security Under a Changing Climate: Proceedings from the 7th International Conference on Water and Flood Management

This book presents selected papers from the 7th International Conference on Water and Flood Management, with a special focus on Water Security under Climate Change, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March 2019. The biennial conference is organized by Institute of Water and Flood Management of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

The recent decades have experienced more frequent natural calamities and it is believed that climate change is an important driving factor for such hazards. Each part of the hydrological cycle is affected by global climate change. Moreover, increasing population and economic activities are posing a bigger threat to water sources. To ensure sustainable livelihoods, safeguard ecosystem services, and enhance socio-economic development, water security needs to be investigated widely in a global and regional context.

Read more https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-47786-8#editorsandaffiliations

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Community Participation in Decision-Making Evidence from an experiment in providing safe drinking water in Bangladesh

Delegating decision-making authorities to communities in projects to provide safe drinking water has the potential to improve projects in terms of outcomes and reported impact. In villages where projects were implemented under a participatory decision making structure (the NGO Facilitated Community Participation model), a slightly larger number of safe drinking water sources were installed(0.2 more sources) but obtained an 8% higher increase in access to safe drinking water, than under a non-participatory decision-making structure (the TopDown model). These results are broadly consistent with evidence accumulated in the past through practitioner’s experience and cross-sectional analysis, but this is the first time that experimental evidence has been available to test the hypothesis that participation in decision-making has a positive impact on the result of social programs.

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Findings from quasi-experimental study: WASH in Schools – MHM and Learning Impact

The impact evaluation data shows that the chances of managing menstrual hygiene properly are 1.3-fold higher among schoolgirls that received inclusive WASH intervention than schoolgirls who did not.

Read more https://www.wateraid.org/bd/sites/g/files/jkxoof236/files/2020-07/WASH%20in%20School-MHM%20and%20Learning%20Impact%20-WAB.pdf

Prospects, practices and principles of urban rainwater harvesting in Bangladesh: A Guidebook for Professionals, Practitioners and Students

In the context or urban environment adopting rainwater harvesting technology can reduce the pressure on municipal water supply.

Read more https://www.wateraid.org/bd/sites/g/files/jkxoof236/files/2020-06/3P%20of%20URWH%20in%20Bangladesh.pdf

Research study on Nutrition Security and Equity in its Access in Watershed Development Programmes

The priority for the implementation of any watershed Programme is to improve the drinking water status, improving the land productivity and livelihoods of its stakeholders.

International Rainwater Catchment Systems Experiences: Towards Water Security

Due to population growth, pollution, and climate change, water scarcity will be one of the most critical problems all around the world in the next 15 years. Today, around 10% of the world’s population lacks a proper water supply service. Harvesting rainwater and using it for drinking, domestic, industrial, and agricultural uses will help to supply quality water to urban and rural populations. This book has sections on rainwater harvesting in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and from all around the world.

Climate Change: Science and Politics – A CSE India publication

“We need more reality checks in the climate change narrative. The impacts are certain, but as yet, action is pusillanimous. We deserve better. In these COVID-19 times, we have seen disorder and disruption at a scale that we never imagined. So, now we need the same scale to fix what is broken in our relationship with nature. The future, like never before, is in our hands. Nature has spoken. Now we should speak gently back to her. Tread lightly on the Earth”.

This publication uses latest statistics, scientific information and data from sources across the world to cover every key aspect of climate change:
– Emissions
– Negotiations
– Impacts
– Net Zero
– Equity
– Carbon Budgets etc.