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Versova Beach Issue Resolved, But What Is Next?

Part of the city's coastal flora and fauna, the Versova beach in Mumbai's western suburbs, is one of the dirtiest beaches. Starting in October 2015, the world's biggest beach cleaning initiative took 85 weeks to get completed. Afroz Shah, a lawyer at Bombay High Court, started off with his 84-year-old neighbour Harbansh Mathur. "The...

Lets Make Sustainability An Attitude, Not Just a Function

Sustainability needs to come from inside the heart and soul of a company and not just a forced reporting function

Sustainable Buildings – A New ‘Green Revolution’ For Tomorrow’s India

India is home to more than a billion people and this is expected rise to 1.6 billion by 2050. More than 70% Indians live in rural areas today but it is expected that 60% of a much larger population will live in urban areas in 2050. Both these trends support the projection that 70%...

Effective Governance Will Sustain Asia-Pacific Economic Growth And Improve Its Quality: UN Report

Effective governance and improved fiscal management are essential to sustaining robust economic growth and improving its quality, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its annual flagship report launched on Monday. The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017 highlights that despite a...

Mainstreaming SDGs In Business World

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) played a major role in channelising global attention towards fundamental development issues. As the MDGs transitioned into Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it has given way to a set of 17 integrated and indivisible goals which are broader and more ambitious in scope. The Indian economy boasts of a vibrant growth...

Sweden Keen To Collaborate On Climate Issues

Sweden is keen to collaborate with Maharashtra on waste management, smart cities, and renewable energy. "I exchanged views with both the governments at the centre and in the state on global climate change efforts, ongoing international negotiations and the potential for bilateral cooperation," visiting Swedish deputy minister on climate Eva Svedling said here today. The minister...

Climate Change: In Big Relief, FAO Says Agriculture In India On Right Path

Indian agriculture can overcome problems of climate change and take the path of sustainable and climate-smart agriculture (CSA) by using mitigation techniques and adapting technology and new crop patterns, according to Shyam Khadka. Khadka, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative in India, was speaking at a conference organised by the Confederation of Indian...

Are You Creating A Positive Water Impact?

India newly signed a $175 million loan pact with the World Bank for National Hydrology Project that aims to improve management of water resources.  The project will strengthen the capacity of institutions to assess the water situation in their regions and reduce their vulnerability to recurring flood and droughts, saving hundreds of lives and...

Embracing Traditional Wisdom In CSR

“When an old person dies, a whole library burns.” The age-old African proverb is apt to explain the significance of ancestral wisdom. Since time immemorial, we all have been hearing and have also witnessed how rural communities across geographies have built an invaluable pool of indigenous practices based on traditional knowledge and wisdom. Farmers predict rainfall...

Karnataka Struggles For CSR Funding To Save Forests

What is the likelihood of seeing a company board or hoarding in the middle of a lush forest? And even if there was one, it is unlikely that tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of a tiger will give it any attention. Perhaps, it is this lack of visibility that has become the biggest barrier...

Averting The ‘Smoke On Water’

India is on the way to become very highly urbanised with 60% of its population expected to live in cities by 2050. But urbanisation is not a new story in India. Bengaluru, India’s Silicon Valley, has gone from being a “City of Lakes” and a “Garden City” to becoming an urban nightmare. A grim...

Asia Pacific Adopts Regional Road Map To Accelerate SDGS

Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a road map for regional cooperation on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2017) that concluded in Bangkok recently. The road map lays out priority areas, implementation arrangements and a process for tracking progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on the agreements reached at the last two APFSD meetings. It will, with the support of the...
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