Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Application period open to MDP in Environmental Policy and Law / University of Eastern Finland

We are now accepting applications for the University of Eastern Finland’s two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law.

The Master’s Degree Programme is a unique multidisciplinary two-year programme taught in English at the University of Eastern Finland. The programme combines group teaching and independent research, bridging theory and practice, with the objective of providing participants with strong professional skills in environmental law and policy.

Our experienced teaching staff includes: Prof Kati Kulovesi, Prof Harro van Asselt, Prof Rauno Sairinen, Prof Kim Talus, Prof Juha Kotilainen, Prof Lasse Peltonen, Adjunct Prof Elisa Morgera, Adjunct Prof Antto Vihma, Adjunct Prof Ismo Pölönen, Dr Irmeli Mustalahti, Dr Yulia Yamineva, Dr Seita Romppanen, Dr Sabaa Ahmad Khan, Dr Niko Soininen, and Ms Eugenia Recio.

Courses offered include:
  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • International Environmental Law
  • EU Environmental Law
  • International Energy Law and Policy
  • EU Energy Law and Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
  • Mining, Environment and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Environmental Policy
  • WTO: Clean Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Forests and International Law

Study and application essentials:
  • Two-year Master’s degree programme (120 ECTS) with interactive study methods.
  • Two alternative majors: 1) Environmental and Climate Change Law; and 2) Natural Resource Governance.
  • Minimum admission criteria: Appropriate Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree and proof of English language proficiency.
  • Application period: 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017.
  • Tuition fees: There are no tuition fees for students from EU/EEA countries. For non-EU/EEA students, tuition fee is €8,000 per year. Scholarships are available to cover tuition for non-EU/EEA students.

More information, detailed admission criteria and information on available courses are available here.

The Master’s Degree Programme benefits from the research and education networks of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY). The Institute combines expertise in social and cultural research and applies it to the analysis of natural resource use and the environment. The LYY has made the University of Eastern Finland one of Finland’s leading places for social-scientific environmental research, focusing especially on issues of natural resource governance and policies of sustainable development.

The Master’s Degree Programme also benefits from the UEF Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), which brings together four professors and more than 20 researchers specializing in climate, energy and environmental law. The Centre hosts regular events, including the annual UEF-UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

For more information, contact: envirolawpol (at) uef.fi

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Drought PIL of Swaraj Abhiyan: Supreme Court Order Dated 1st December 2016

ITEM NO.1                             COURT NO.5 SECTION                                  PIL(W)

S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

Writ Petition(s)(Civil) No(s).857/2015

SWARAJ ABHIYAN                                                                             Petitioner(s)
VERSUS
UNION OF INDIA                                                                               Respondent(s)

(With appln.(s) for interim directions and office report)

Date : 01/12/2016 This petition was called on for hearing today.

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE MADAN B. LOKUR
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE N.V. RAMANA

For Petitioner(s) 

Mr. Prashant Bhushan, AOR
Mr. Rohit Kr. Singh, Adv.
Mr. Omanakuttan K.K., Adv.
Mr. T. Sudhakar, Adv.

For Respondent(s)

UOI Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, AG
Ms. V. Mohana, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Ajit Sinha, Sr. Adv.
Mr. Rajiv Nanda, Adv.
Ms. Movita, Adv.
Mr. Mukul Singh, Adv.
Mr. Ajay Sharma, Adv.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar Maroria, AOR
Ms. Diksha Rai, Adv.
Mr. Ajit Singh, Adv.
Ms. Sunita Sharma, Adv.
Ms. Shikha Kumari, Adv.

Mr. Neeraj Kumar Sharma, AOR

Assam 

Mr. Shuvodeep Roy, Adv.
Mr. Sayooj Mohandas M.

A.P. 

Mr. Guntur Prabhakar, AOR
Ms. Prerna Singh, Adv.

Bihar 

Mr. Gopal Singh, AOR
Mr. Manish Kumar, Adv.
Mr. Shivam Singh, Adv.

Chattisgarh 

Mr. Aniruddha P. Mayee, AOR
Mr. A. Selvin Raja, Adv.
Mr. Charudatta Mahindrakar, Adv.

Gujarat 

Ms. Hemantika Wahi, AOR
Ms. Puja Singh, Adv.
Ms. Aagam Kaur, Adv.

Haryana 

Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG
Mr. Anil Grover, AAG
Dr. Monika Gusain, AOR
Ms. Noopur Singhal, Adv.
Mr. Sandeep Yadav, Adv.
Mr. Arun Tewatia, Adv.

Jharkhand 

Mr. Tapesh Kumar Singh, AOR
Mr. Mohd. Waquas, Adv.
Mr. Aditya Pratap Singh, Adv.

Karnataka 

Mr. V. N. Raghupathy, AOR
Mr. Lagnesh Mishra, Adv.
Mr. Parikshit P. Angadi, Adv.
M.P. Mr. C. D. Singh, AOR
Ms. Sakshi Kakkar, Adv.

Maharashtra 

Mr. Tushar Mehta, ASG
Mr. Mahaling Pandarge, Adv.
Mr. Nishant R. Katneshwarkar, AOR

Odisha 

Mr. Sibo Sankar Mishra, AOR

Rajasthan 

Mr. Vijay Hansaria, Sr. Adv.
Mr. S.S. Shamshery, AAG
Mr. Amit Sharma, Adv.
Ms. Anu Dixit Kaushik, Adv.
Mr. Prateek Yadav, Adv.
Mr. Aankit Raj, Adv.
Ms. Ruchi Kohli, Adv.
Mr. Irshad Ahmad, Adv.

Telangana 

Mr. S. Udaya Kumar Sagar, AOR
Mr. Baskula Athik, Adv.

U.P. 

Mr. Irshad Ahmad, AAG
Mr. Tanmay Agrawal, Adv.
Mr. Vinay Garg, AOR
Mr. Deepam Garg, Adv.
Mr. Upendra Mishra, Adv.
Mr. Varinder Kumar Sharma, AOR


UPON hearing the counsel the Court made the following
O R D E R

It has been pointed out by learned counsel for the petitioner that an application for registration as a political party has been filed by Swaraj India (not by Swaraj Abhiyan) and that is still pending before the Election Commission of India. In view of this, in our opinion, any discussion on whether a public interest petition filed by a political party should be entertained or not appears to be pre-mature as on date. 

List the matter on 18th January, 2017 at 10.30 a.m. for submissions in this regard.

It has been pointed out by the learned Attorney General that pursuant to the order dated 28th October, 2016, a meeting was held by the Secretary in the Ministry of Food and Public Distribution on 9th November, 2016. The Minutes of that meeting have been placed before us. It is in paragraph 8 of the Minutes that in terms of the National Food Security Act, 2013 (for short “the Act”), flexibility is provided to the State Governments for designating some existing Commission to act as the State Food Commission. It is further mentioned that many States have opted for this flexibility and the suggestion given by the Secretary is to the effect that the State Governments should frame Rules to be followed by the designated Commission in its role as State Food Commission. In our opinion, while the flexibility is certainly provided by the Act, the constitution of the State Food Commission, whether it is an independent body by itself or whether it is some other Commission functioning as the State Food Commission, must meet the requirements of the statute. In other words, whatever body it is, it must consist of a Chairman, five Members and a Member-Secretary who shall be the officer of the State Government not below the rank of Joint Secretary to that Government and there should at least be two women, whether Chairperson, Member or Member-secretary and one person belonging to the Scheduled Castes and one person belonging to the Scheduled Tribe, whether Chairperson, Member or Member-Secretary and the eligibility criteria mentioned in Section 16 of the Act should also be met. It is not as if some other body can be described as a State Food Commission even though the members of that body do not meet the requirement of Section 16 of the Act. Learned Attorney General informs us that it was not the intention of the meeting held on 9th November, 2016 to bypass Section 16 of the Act. While that may be so, we are of opinion that the State Food Commission should be constituted at the earliest in accordance with Section 16
of the Act rather than to have some other body function as the State Food Commission without having the necessary expertise or the qualification to function as a State Food Commission. It is stated by the learned Attorney General, on instructions, that the entitlement of foodgrains under the Act, even though it is 75% for the rural areas and 50% for the urban areas but if the rural population or the urban population or both exceed that cut-off percentage, the benefit of the Act is not being denied to the eligible persons as long as they are able to prove their identity. Learned Attorney General further states that as far as the Union of India is concerned, it is providing foodgrains as per the State-wise requirement as mentioned in Annexure A to the affidavit dated 26.10.2016. We take this submission on record. It is submitted by Mr. Prashant Bhushan, learned counsel for the petitioner that the State Governments are not lifting the additional allocated foodgrains since it is being supplied at the Minimum Support Price and not at the price mentioned under the Act. We require the State Governments to file an affidavit within two weeks to indicate why they are not lifting the additional allocated foodgrains. Learned Attorney General has handed over the replies to questions posed by the petitioner in their letter dated 22.09.2016. This is taken on record.

(SANJAY KUMAR-I) (JASWINDER KAUR)
AR-CUM-PS COURT MASTER

Monday, December 5, 2016

Children too are vulnerable to heatwave: Australian Scientists



Scientists in Australia have said that it was a common misconception that elderly people were the only ones at risk in a heatwave. Children too are affected by heatwave. That’s shocking and can be dangerous not only in Australia but for places like ours in India where heatwave is becoming a deadly permanent disaster.

Please see further details in this link:




Ranjan Panda
Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Combat Climate Change Network, India
Mob: +91-9437050103
Tweet @ranjanpanda

Tweet @MahanadiRiver

Friday, November 25, 2016

Canada to phase out coal by 2030! BBC

Canada announces plan to phase out coal by 2030


A thick plume of smoke rising from a chimney stack at a coal-fuelled power plant, Fernandina Beach, Florida, USAImage copyrightSCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Image captionA number of countries worldwide are moving to phase out coal plants

Canada will phase out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said coal currently accounts for close to 10% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
France, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Austria have all also announced plans to phase out coal.
Four provinces currently use coal in their electricity mix: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
Canada also exports coal, with Asia as a major market.
Ms McKenna said on Monday the federal plan will allow flexibility for coal-burning regions, specifically New Brunswick, to ensure energy rates remain stable.
Last November, Alberta committed to eliminating emissions from coal-fired electricity by 2030. Ontario shuttered its last coal-fired plant in 2014.
"We know the world is moving to a low-carbon future," Ms McKenna said. "This is part of it."

Canada's new environment minister Catherine McKenna poses for a photo with other cabinet members at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, November 4, 2015.Image copyrightAFP
Image captionCanada's Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada needs more sustainable energy

Traditional coal-fired electricity units are those that do not use carbon capture and storage technology that traps and stores carbon dioxide.
The goal is to make sure 90% of Canada's electricity comes from renewable sources, up from 80% currently, Ms McKenna said.
This latest move, part of the federal Liberal government's support for clean energy and climate change initiatives, is likely to put Canada at odds with the United States.
President-elect Donald Trump made coal one of the centrepieces of his campaign and has promised to revive the industry in the US. He also said he would cancel the Paris climate deal.
In October, Canada ratified the Paris climate agreement. The Liberal government also said it will implement a minimum carbon price by 2018.
However, concerns have been raised that Canada will fail to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 30% below 2005 levels in 2030.
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38056587

Saturday, September 17, 2016

CM Meet fails, but we are hopeful for future! #MahanadiPeaceInitiative Update: 17th September 2016 - Ranjan Panda

#MahanadiPeaceInitiative Update: 17th September 2016

Dear Friends/Co-sailors,

Greetings from Mahanadi River Waterkeeper!

Today, the Odisha and Chhattisgarh Chief Ministers had a two and half hour long meeting with facilitation of the Central Water Resources Minister.  We can call the meeting a failure as both of them could not agree on most of the points of discussion.

With the ongoing bitterness in the war waged by both of them, we can understand that a trust deficit has descended.  However, we are hopeful that the discussion will continue.  We have hope that the CMs will accede to our urges and continue the dialogue in a more cohesive, logical, scientific and transparent manner.
  
Amid this gloomy scenario of today however, we realized one good thing from the Odisha CM's media statements (at least from his 'words') that he has considered some of our suggestions emailed to him on 14th September 2016. In fact, these suggestions we had already given to him on 1st July when our first email on this Initiative was sent to the CM.  

We had asked both the riparian states to constitute joint independent expert group to study the basin status/stress from the day one.  Then, we have also been asking the governments to chalk out a joint and strong action plan to protect all ecological hot spots in the basin such as Debrigarh, Huma, Satkosia, Gahirmatha, Chilika etc.  Today, from the Odisha CM's media statements it seems the Odisha govt. has put up these proposals in the meeting.  That's welcome news. 

We are yet to know about other proposals.  Will update you as and when the details come in.  

Not surprisingly the Chhattisgarh CM, after the meeting today, made a very illogical and immature statement.  He advised Odisha to tap the 57% water that is getting wasted to the sea.  He should understand that there is nothing called a 'waste flow' in a river and the basin's ecological balance will be further severely disturbed if all the water that flows to the Bay of Bengal is obstructed.  In fact, we have already written to both the CMs to refrain from planning any more large dam on the Mahanadi because dams kill rivers and fuel disasters such as floods, cyclones and sea/saline water ingress.  

We want a free flowing healthy Mahanadi!

We just wish good sense will prevail in the governments and these important aspects will be discussed in future dialogues.

Twitter Storm:

As informed to you this morning, coinciding with the CMs meeting today, we have uploaded 32 tweets with titleCMsSAVEMahanadi to our twitter handles @ranjanpanda and @MahanadiRiver. These tweets have been addressed to both Odisha and Chhattisgarh CMs as they start discussing the Mahanadi inter-state river water dispute today.
If you are on twitter, we request you to please follow both out twitter accounts as mentioned above and please like & retweet the above 32 tweets to the following people by tagging them:
@CMO_Odisha @Naveen_Odisha @drramansingh @umasribharti
If space permits, use either of the following hastags:
#MahanadiPeaceInitiative
Or
#MahanadiPeace
Thanks! A dying Mahanadi needs your support!!


Thanks and best regards,

Ranjan

For Mahanadi Peace Initiative


Skype: ranjan.climatecrusader

Tweet @ranjanpanda
Tweet @MahanadiRiver

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Ranjan Panda, popularly known as the ‘Water Man of Odisha’ has been championing the cause of water conservation and management for more than 25 Years now. He has been designated in 2013 as ‘Mahanadi River Waterkeeper’ by New York based global Waterkeeper Alliance for his constant endeavours towards conservation of river Mahanadi. He also convenes the Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO), the leading network of organisations and individuals working for more than two decades in the state of Odisha on water, environment and climate change.

Mahanadi River Waterkeeper organisation works to conserve Mahanadi River’s ecosystem so that all communities and other species dependent on it have access to clean water for today and forever in a sustainable manner. It is based at the Water Initiatives Odisha.Mahanadi River Waterkeeper is member of the global Waterkeeper Alliance based out of New York!

Mahanadi River Basin Peace Building Initiative” has been started on 21st July 2016 between ‘Mahanadi River Waterkeeper’  and ‘Nadi Ghati Morcha (Raipur)’ to initiate a citizen driven initiative to resolve Inter-State Water Conflict over Mahanadi.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mahanadi Peace Initiative's Suggestion Note to Odisha Chief Minister for 17th Chief Ministerial Meeting: Ranjan Panda

Mahanadi Peace Initiative: Update on 14th September 2016

Dear Friends/Co-sailors,

In response to Odisha Chief Minister’s call for ideas that he could take up on the Chief Ministerial level meeting proposed on 17th of September, we at ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’ have emailed him a note with 28 points.  The following update has all the details.


Thanks Mr. Chief Minister for asking our Comments on the Mahanadi Dispute!

Ensure a Free Flowing Healthy Mahanadi to all the Basin Citizens (human and other species)demands ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’

·         We are thankful to you and the Chhattisgarh CM for having acceded to Mahanadi Peace Initiative’s appeal for a joint meeting.
·         Both the Chief Ministers have a greater role to play in order to resolve the Mahanadi dispute peacefully. We can’t wait for a Cauvery to happen to Mahanadi.
·         ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’, based on its discussions with about 2000 people across the state, submits its suggestions and urges upon both the CMs to treat Mahanadi as a Natural Ecological Resource and not as a Tradable Commodity!


Sambalpur, 14th September 2016 –  The ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’ that was initiated by Mahanadi RiverWaterkeeper, Odisha and Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh welcomes the Odisha Chief Minister’s invitation of comments/ideas from people of the state for the forthcoming Chief Ministerial level meeting scheduled for 17th of September

In fact, the very first demand of our Campaign the day it was started was to urge upon both the Chief Ministers to enter into a dialogue without encouraging political fights.  We are thankful that both the CMs have acceded to our request. The CMs must utilise this opportunity to start a co-ordinated drive to save the already water stressed Mother River of both the states.

From the day we started the ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’ on 21st July, we have held meetings and consultations at various places of the Basin and have consulted more than 2000 people already.  Based on these consultations and our 25 Year long experience of working on River and Water conservation, we submit the following suggestions to the Odisha Chief Minister for his dialogue with the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister on the 17th September.

Our Three Priority Suggestions:
1. Don’t treat Mahanadi as a Tradable Commodity;
2. Work on a Road Map to Restore, Recharge and Rejuvenate the River Basin through integrated ecological interventions; and
3. Finalize a Road Map to End Coal Mining and Coal Fired Power Plants in the Basin.

Both the CMs should -

1.      Admit that the Mahanadi River is no more a ‘Surplus’ river but a ‘Deficit’ one.
2.      Agree to make a team of multi-disciplinary experts to study the current condition of the River Basin, not just the water flow; and publish a Status Paper on cumulative ecological impacts of all the industrial, mining, power plants and other projects based on real current data.  Add to the analysis, future projections of water demand by various sectors under ‘stress scenarios’ to be created by normal increase in demands as well as due to climate change impacts.
3.      Make a ‘Water Use Priority List’ for basin immediately and allocate first priority to ecological flow (at least 50% of the total river flow); drinking water, sanitation and other requirement of all Basin Citizens including the wild life and domestic animals; irrigation coverage to all farmers of the river basin; and then all other requirements.
4.      Stop all ongoing projects including dams, barrages, power plants and mining in the basin untill the aboveStatus Report is prepared and real water availability/stress of the basin is assessed.
5.      Initiate the process of formulating a joint Task Force to prepare a Basin Restoration, Recharging and Rejuvenation Plan. Such a ‘Joint River Basin Management Plan’ should respect the right of the River to stay alive and flow freely.
6.      Include a comprehensive plan for restoration of Natural Forests in the basin adhering to the spirit of the Forests Rights Act (FRA) and Panchayati Raj Extension to Scheduled Areas Act (PESA).
7.      Take up extensive catchment protection progarmmes such as watershed management and other such initiatives for soil conservation, run-off water management and ground water recharging.
8.      Consider the River as an Ecological Identity and discuss management of the River in its varied characteristics including geomorphology, ecology, socio-cultural dimensions and traditional relationships of communities with the Rivers. 
9.      Don’t just limit the discussion to distribution of water between states but on all the above aspects with focus on ‘Right of the River to Live and Flow Freely’ and ‘Right of the Basin Citizens(humans and other species) to Equitable and Sustainable Water of the River.”
10.  Decide that no more large dams will be build on the Mahanadi, because large dams obstruct the maximum flow and gradually kill the river and its ecosystem. Large Dams and huge obstruction of water & sedimentation of the River cause ‘colonisation’ of water at the hands of a few by marginalising a large section of the society; increase the chance of disasters such as floods and cyclones. 
11.  Devise a mechanism to end all efforts to privatise the River and its stretches. Both states should immediately end any ‘Absolute Right’ that may have been given to industries/corporates to use specific stretches of the River. 
12.  Ensure ZERO theft of water (from the river flow, surfaces water sources of the basin and ground water) by industrial houses.
13.  Work jointly to tackle the drought situation in the River Basin and provide assured irrigation to all the farmers.
14.  Arrest desertification of the Mahanadi River Basin.
15.  Work towards promoting food and nutrition security in the River Basin with promotion of organic and agro-ecological models of farming and other support given to the farmers. 
16.  Small and marginal farmers of the basin are in accute distress owing to continuous droughts and climate change impacts. Prepare a Joint Climate Change Action Plan for Mahanadi to protect these farmers and other dependent communities on the Rivers and ensure their economic as well as general well being.
17.  Ensure protection, restoration and conservation of all surface water bodies of the basin.
18.  Evaluate violation of Riparian Rights and Environmental Laws by all the industrial and mining projects operational in the river basin; and stop all such violations by enforcing the existing laws and imposing stringent punishments on the violators. Most of such projects have openly been violating laws to pollute our Mother River.
19.  Ensure rights of the fisherfolks, boatmen/women, forest dwellers and indigenous communities on the water of the River Basin.
20.  Initiate a strong mechanism to stop pollution of the River from industrial houses, urban centres and all other sources.
21.  Prepare a Green and Sustainable Urbanisation Plan for the River Basin that reduces the water stress faced by Mahanadi due to blind, unplanned and unsustainable urbanisation.
22.  Enforce strict regulations of use and discharge of Fly Ash by Coal Fired Power Plants. Mahanadi is heavily polluted by carcinogenic fly ash and other wastes generated by these plants. 
23.  Restructure Pollution Control Boards and make them more dynamic and effective.  The Pollution Control Boards have miserably failed in abating pollution of the basin and punishing the culprits.
24.  Establish a stronger role of Gram Sabha in assessing and abating pollution in the River Basin as well as in management of the water in the basin.
25.  Chalk out a plan to phase out coal fired power plants from the Mahanadi river basin. Coal fired power plants have infact been the most water sucker industries in the basin and most of the current water shortage can be attributed to such plants. 
26.  Plan an Alternative Energy Policy for the River Basin that would not only reduce the water stress from the River but also ensure sustainability of energy production and reduce pollution of the basin.
27.  Formulate a special plan to protect all the unique ecological hotspots, sites, shrines and groves such as Debrigarh wild life sanctuary, Huma sacred grove, Satkosia gorge, Chilika and all other such ecosystems.
28.  Study and take learning from successful international water sharing agreements; and accordingly initiate a principle of inter-state water coordination mechanism on all inter-state rivers to avoid future conflicts.

“The ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’ recognises that Mahanadi Civilization is more important than state geographical boundaries and both the states’ well being and prosperity is dependent on a ‘Living and Healthy Mahanadi.’  It is thefore important for the Chief Ministers of both the states to plan development of the basin in a coherant and coordinated approach which is only possible through a peaceful dialogue process.

“The ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’ has already organised several village and city level meetings in both Odisha and Chhattisgarh and has got endorsement of about 2000 individuals and organisations from both the states and outside including some international organisations.  Suppot for the ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’ has come from eminent social activists, environmentalists, farmer leaders, experts, academicians and youth leaders from both the states and outside.” 

This is a unique neutral and non-political initiative and we seek cooperation of all citizens of the Mahanadi Basin and all people across the world who want to see Mahanadi a ‘Living and Healthy’ River. 

For further details please contact:

Thanking you,

For the Mahanadi Peace Initiative:

Ranjan Panda, Mahanadi River Waterkeeper, Odisha (Mob: +91-9437050103)

For further information over email, please contact:  ranjanpanda@gmail.comwaterinodisha@gmail.com

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Ranjan Panda, popularly known as the ‘Water Man of Odisha’ has been championing the cause of water conservation and management for more than 25 Years now. He has been designated in 2013 as ‘Mahanadi River Waterkeeper’ by New York based global Waterkeeper Alliance for his constant endeavours towards conservation of river Mahanadi. He also convenes the Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO), the leading network of organisations and individuals working for more than two decades in the state of Odisha on water, environment and climate change.

Mahanadi River Waterkeeper organisation works to conserve Mahanadi River’s ecosystem so that all communities and other species dependent on it have access to clean water for today and forever in a sustainable manner. It is based at the Water Initiatives Odisha.Mahanadi River Waterkeeper is member of the global Waterkeeper Alliance based out of New York!

Mahanadi River Basin Peace Building Initiative” has been started on 21st July 2016 between ‘Mahanadi River Waterkeeper’  and ‘Nadi Ghati Morcha (Raipur)’ to initiate a citizen driven initiative to resolve Inter-State Water Conflict over Mahanadi.