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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...

World Environment Conference: Govt Argues For Sustainable Development

The government argued for a plan for sustainable development, balancing the need to protect the environment and continued growth at the third World Conference on Environment organised by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in New Delhi. Finance minister Arun Jaitley pointed out that the Indian society was at a “critical juncture” with challenges like pulling...

Water: What We Have Is All We Have!

The figures are stark. Nearly 1.8 billion people – or about 25 % of the world’s population, do not have access to safe drinking water and an estimated two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages by 2025. In India, more than 81 percent of adults, well over the global average, say they have changed their behavior...

Tamil Nadu Chalks Out Green Plan To Make Buildings Sustainable

Development regulations in Tamil Nadu are a taking a definite green turn, with the authorities involved considering a slew of proposals to address water, waste, green cover and other environmental concerns for all the new buildings. The initiative comes at a time when environmental issues are increasingly becoming a matter of serious concern. The...

What is Internal Carbon Price to Corporations?

A lot has happened on the climate change front in the last two years. Around December 2015, in Paris, we as a global community, achieved what was considered to be unattainable - a consensus amongst all countries on a target to combat climate change. They agreed to hold planetary warming to well-below two degrees...

The Growing Need For Whale Shark Conservation

From profit to people and to the planet, an effective CSR policy is a vision of this triple-bottom line concept. Maintaining bio-diversity is as important as producing quality products. A Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) survey in 2004 revealed low awareness amongst Gujarat fisherman on the endangered status of whales. Project 'Whale Shark Conservation’ at Mithapur, Gujarat...

CSR Ependiture 2016: Environment & Sports Lose While Education & Health Get More Funds

Year by year, expenditure in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) realm is increasing. CSR spending this year increased remarkably by 22% from 6,800 crore last year to Rs 8,300 crore in fiscal year 2016. Moving closer to the mandate of two percent, the average spending rose to 1.64% in fiscal 2016 as compared to...

Shifting India’s Energy Sources

Human beings are said to have three basic needs- food, water and shelter. But in today’s world, the horizon of human needs has expanded beyond the first stage of needs. Access to electricity has emerged as a fundamental need over the period of years. United Nations also identify access to ‘affordable and clean energy’ as...
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