Water in remote Central India is drying out fast, and plans for interlinking two rivers to deliver water without considering proper relocation for affected villages are not only ambitious, they are also abysmal, environmentalists say.
Joydeep Gupta –
The China-Pakistan plan to build five dams in a row on the Indus will stop the flow of silt to rejuvenate farms downstream, and will reduce water flow in the nine dry months of the year, says The Third Pole South Asia director Joydeep Gupta.
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Declaring rivers as “living entities” can help protect them from pollution and make the cities along their banks more livable, says ADB sustainable development expert Sonia Chand Sandhu.
New Zealand and Indian courts have recently moved to give rivers in their countries the same rights as human beings. But will this create more problems than it solves? The Third Pole's South Asia managing editor Omair Ahmad weighs in.
Water plays an important role in global affairs, and water security is critical to peace and security. Strategic Foresight Group president Sundeep Waslekar makes a case for water to be recognised as "a strategic resource of humanity".