Sunday, April 15, 2018

India needs to revamp afforestation rules for climate justice: Ranjan K Panda

India's latest moves on the compensatory afforestation funds, which would dilute the forest rights of communities, raises fresh doubts over India's commitment to a socially just and ecologically sustainable pathway to achieve its Paris climate goals.

Please read my latest opinion piece published in one of India's premier newspapers 'Business Standard' at

For readers who cannot access the above link because of pay wall, I am sharing below the scanned copy of the print article.

Look forward to your comments and support.

Thanks and regards,

Ranjan K Panda
Convenor, Combat Climate Change Network, India

Mobile: +91 9437050103

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ranjan Panda to speak at Raahat Sanitation Conference Delhi on World Water Day 2018!

Friends: I shall be speaking on Water Conservation and Security at the Raahat Sanitation Conference, Delhi this World Water Day that's on 22nd March 2018!



Friday, March 2, 2018

Call for Nominations: 2nd round of Odisha Water Honours!

 #JalaJoddhaSamman for individual contributions to water conservation and related issues & #AjiraBhagirathaSamman for community/organisation contributions to water harvesting, conservation and related fields. Please help spread the word and send in your nominations. The Honours will be conferred during the #2ndOdishaRiverConference


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Selfie With Mahanadi Contest for Youths!

Folks: Please share this information about an exciting contest #SelfieWithMahanadi for the youths of Mahanadi. The winners will get fantastic prizes during #2ndOdishaRiverConference!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

ACT NOW: Write to Indian FM to make budgetary allocation for climate resilient farming - Climate Scorecard

INDIA: Failure of Budget in addressing impacts of Climate Change on farmers

Indian farmers, the backbone of India’s economy, are going through serious crises.  Low income, high level of distress and related suicides of the farmers are a daily news in the country.  The Government of India has now come up with latest statistics that shows that a much worse future awaits the farmers who feed the nation and are guardians of ensuring food security. 

The Economic Survey for 2017-2018, a report that the Govt. of India brings out before presenting the annual Budget in the Parliament, has said that climate change will induce a decrease in incomes of farmers of the country by as much as 25 percent in some parts of the country.  It says, “climate change could reduce annual agricultural incomes in the range of 15% to 18% on average, and up to 20% to 25% for unirrigated areas.” This is no good news for the farmers who are already suffering from low income and distress and for whom the government has been planning a strategy that would double their income by 2022[1].  The farm income, which stands at an average of roughly 78000 INR (approx 1219 USD), will reduce by upto 25 percent. 

There is also huge income inequality among farmers in India.   Statistics point out that the small & medium size land holding farmers, who form about 85 per cent of the total farmers, earn only 9 percent of the total income of farmers in the country.  The rest earn almost 91 percent[2].  If India really wants to build farmers’ resilience against climate change then it has to focus a lot more on the small farmers who are in most vulnerable conditions at the moment.

Climate Scorecard Rank - * (One star)

However, the Union Budget that followed (the Economic Survey), did not mention anything about how to make the farmers ‘climate resilient’.  The Government has announced certain schemes for farm development, but they do not go quite well with the findings of the Economic Survey with regard to climate induced vulnerabilities that the farmers will face.  There are a few schemes that the government has announced to help farmers grow their income but they fall too short to make them climate resilient.  Climate Scorecard therefore gives this action of Govt. of India only one Star!

Take Action – 

With this scenario in the background, we request you to send messages to the Indian Finance Minister asking him to amend the budgetary proposals immediately and make fresh and appropriate budgetary allocation to increase irrigation coverage to cover the small farmers. Such schemes can include irrigation plans that are based around small and medium systems including tanks, other water harvesting structures, lift irrigation, check dams, etc; support the rain-fed farmers with a strong crop insurance scheme that takes care of not only the complete cost of farming but also ensures a profit above that so that the farmers affected by climate change do not fall into the trap of perennial poverty.

Please address your letters/emails/tweets to:
Shri Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister (FM)
134/North Block, New Delhi
Twitter handle: @finminindia

Shri Simanchala Dash
PS to FM
23093868, 23094399
136-A/North Block, New Delhi

For further details, contact:

Ranjan K Panda
Country Manager for India, Climate Scorecard Project
Convenor, Combat Climate Change Network, India

Climate Scorecard is a global initiative to ensure that the Paris Agreement meets its goal of preventing the earth’s atmosphere from exceeding the 2 degree Celsius global warming tipping point. Recent scientific reports, e.g. by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) warn that country emission reduction pledges, made to the Paris Agreement, are insufficient to prevent this from happening. Therefor Climate Scorecard is supporting a global campaign aimed at persuading leading greenhouse gas emitting countries to take further steps to reduce their emissions so that the Paris Agreement does not fail. This campaign, carried out through social media and in collaboration with local partner organizations, will provide citizens with monthly News Briefs and Action Alert messages about what their countries are or are not doing to further their commitment to the Paris Agreement. Climate Scorecard is an open source initiative managed through a partnership of two non-profit organizations-The Global Citizens Initiative ( and EarthAction      (  )


Climate Scorecard Project’s Post 1 for Phase 2 intervention from India, February 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Traditional Water Harvesting Structures can fight water insecurity and climate change!

The world is now searching for solutions to water crisis that is being aggravated by climate change.  Here in this part of Odisha, the people have given some of the best solutions rainwater conservation for centuries. Apathy of the government over the last several decades has however weakened such marvels called the Traditional Water Harvesting Structures (TWHS).  This news in the New Indian Express rightly highlights the plight of these structures that are found in different sizes and at various geographical locations.  We have, through our constant efforts, proven that revival of the TWHS can play a significant role in fighting water scarcity as well as building climate resilient villages.  Time we all tune our attention towards these indigenous systems!

Thanks and regards,

Ranjan Panda
Combat Climate Change Network, India
Mob: +91 9437050103

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Unsustainable Cities: Can we afford to neglect our villagers?

Something to be seen more often in the coming days. As I have always been telling, urbanisation at the moment is happening at the cost of the rural areas, their livelihoods and natural resources. There are many conflicts happening already across the nation, unless we work towards bringing equitable development these will grow and get difficult to resolve!

Ranjan Panda
Combat Climate Change Network, India

'Leave us alone': India's villagers rebel against urbanisation

Gujarat, one of the fastest urbanising states in India, seems to be doing so against the wishes of its people
Indian farmers protest during a rally in Gandhinagar, capital of India's Gujarat state, some 30 kms. from Ahmedabad, on June 18, 2013. Nearly 5,000 farmers took out a tractor rally today from Vitthlapur crossroads near Viramgam to Gandhinagar protesting against the Gujarat government's decision to develop Mandal-Becharaji as Special Investment Region (SIR), which also houses Maruti Suzuki India's (MSI) proposed plant. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)
 Indian farmers protest in Gandhinagar, Gujarat state, to protect their land. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty
As you move west from the crowded old neighbourhoods of inner-city Ahmedabad, the roads broaden, buildings rise taller and BMWs line the streets. Old-timers here remember watching these wealthy, modern neighbourhoods engulf the countryside – the lush fields of wheat and corn that are now gone.

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