The omnipresent existence of human-nature relationship all over India has been grossly neglected as a tool for conservation management. The sacred groves, patches of forests conserved due to associated religious faith have been described by foresters, travelers, anthropologists, ecologists for more than two hundred years from different parts of the country. The sacred grove institution in the Western Ghats of India which has been nurtured by the local communities has been serving as ecological refugia for a range of species and habitat of the Western Ghats.

The ambitious monorail project of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) may go for a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) model, after the third year of its commencement.

The authority at present is constructing the project on a cash contract basis with Larson & Tubro and Scomi engineering being the consortium for the 21 km route.

Responsibility for water system services in a metropolitan area demands more extensive measures than just constructing and operating advanced treatment plants. It is necessary to have a good understanding of the water cycle and waters

This paper seeks to map the extent to which civil society actors champion environmental justice in an industrial risk society. It examines the role of civil society actors in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, in being able to perceive industrial risk and push local concerns in development processes. The paper draws on qualitative and empirical research for a local case study in Merebank, South Durban, to explore how civil society engaged to organize and respond to local groundwater contamination caused by the German multinational Bayer, and also influence construction of knowledge around risk.

Creation and subsequent expansion of Protected Area (PA) network has often deprived local people of their usufruct rights and displaced communities from their traditional lands. This 'isolationist' approach has resulted in severe conflicts between local people and PA authorities.

Similipal Biosphere Reserve of northern Orissa is one among the seven such reserves of India that form a part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The overall objective of the Biosphere Reserve programme was to deal with one of the most important questions of reconciling conservation of biodiversity, quest for economic and social development, and maintenance of associated cultural values.

This publication presents a strong argument for innovating urban planning to address the contemporary challenges of rapid urbanization and poverty.

India is experiencing paradigm shift in rural sanitation with the launch of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). Mobilisation, motivation and innovative financial incentives are bringing about positive sanitation and hygiene behaviour changes amongst rural communities.

JAIPUR: Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh, better known as Waterman, will launch a campaign to

Bhopal: Massive participation of people's representatives and those of institutions dedicated to health care of children and promotion of nutrition among them will mark the launching ceremony of the Atal Child Health and Nutrition Mission on Gandhi Jayanty from Bhopal.

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