Reconstruction in Bhiri, Uttarakhand
Aftermath of 2013 Uttarakhand disaster, an initiative to reconstruct the damaged schools was undertaken. Currently, repair and reconstruction of GIC Bihar, Distt Rudraprayag is underway. A fair amount of masonry work is being carried out by converting landslide debris into cement stabilized soil blocks. The Classroom are being strengthened to be earthquake resistant and finished with a modern outlook which encourages children to spend time in school. In addition to this, modern toilets for the school kids to provide both girls and boys with hygienic facilities.
Conservation Plan for Sambhar Lake initiated in partnership with CIWSA
INTACH in collaboration with CIWSA carried out a study to formulate a conservation management plan for Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan with Much consideration given to biodiversity as well as welfare of the dependent communities. It also involved ecological studies of the Sambhar Lake and its catchment, biodiversity surveys, threat assessment, and stakeholder assessments.
Documentation Of Geographical Distribution, Reasons For Decline, Measures To Enhance Propagation Of Rudraksh Tree
Rudraksha (Eleocarpus ganitarus) seed are an integral part of Hindu culture and tradition. The Rudraksh trees are sparsely distributed in Nepal, India and Indonesia with declining population due to overexploitation and deforestation. Keeping in view the conservation efforts required for this species, a detailed study was carried of the species including distribution, threat analysis and means to enhance propagation of the species.
Conservation Plan for River Hindon
Rivers across India are in crisis. Pollution, encroachment, water abstractions and diversions, are nearly killing the rivers. Hindon River which is a 400 km long tributary of Yamuna is no exception. The river has become a toxic drain carrying effluents of a no. of industrial units – poisoning the surface as well as ground water all along its course with little or no biological life left. Considering the present situation, INTACH is studying the ecological, hydrological as well as institutional issues to prepare a comprehensive plan for its restoration.
PIL Najafgarh Jheel
INTACH filed a PIL on August, 2014 to conserve the famous Najafgarh Jheel. The state of Haryana & Delhi NCT denied the existence of Jheel. However, INTACH placed undeniable evidences right from 1807 showing the existence of the Jheel. It is hoped to receive positive orders from NGT. INTACH will also be filing subsequent PIL enjoining govt’s to fulfill their responsibility of notifying and protecting wetland all over India
The Old Pilgrimage Route to Kedarnath
INTACH Dehradun Chapter initiated a project which involved identification of the ancient pilgrimage route to Kedarnath through ancient texts and other sources. The project was conceived in the aftermath of the 2013 flooding disaster. The findings and research are well documented and will be published shortly. It is expected to reinforce the case for conserving these now abandoned routes and the heritage structures alongside as these form good evacuation routes in emergencies and serve isolated communities.
The fast urbanizing metropolitan city of Jaipur is rapidly converting into concrete agglomerate losing environmental assets. The rapid growth and development in the city is taking a toll on environment and biodiversity of the city, making it vulnerable to changing climate and water regimes. The city is losing its green and blue spaces at an alarming rate destroying its valuable ecosystems. On the lines of NHD, biodiversity mapping and assessment work in Delhi, INTACH would replicate sustainable models for Jaipur. The project aims at mapping habitats, Biodiversity, Wetlands, Natural features and integrated with Master plan of city for incorporating Eco-sensitive decision making at policy level.
India Rivers Week
INTACH along with WWF, SANDARP, Toxic Links, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan, and Peace Institute have been organizing India River Week. It also honours river activists for outstanding work by awarding the Bhagirath Prayas Samman through an eminent jury based selection. This year India river week will be held in the last week of November. The theme is” State of the River” for which partners in different States are assembling reports around a given format. INTACH is coordinating these reports, and will be organizing secondary background data. The reports will also bring out a Red List of Indian River.
Revival of Traditional Water Management for Khetri
Khetri, Jhunjhunu Distt [Rajasthan] is one of the water scarce areas of the Shekhawati region. Traditionally, it had a well-planned water management system with several rain water harvesting structures. However, with rapid urbanization the system got deteriorated over a period of time. INTACH proposed to revive the traditional system to improve the water scarce situation. A watershed Management Plan has also been proposed for the same.
Delhi Biodiversity Survey
Biodiversity surveys were carried to assess the species and associated landscape information in some selected areas of the capital city of Delhi. It is proposed to document natural features, biodiversity, habitats and delineate them on a base map of NCT Delhi. This is the part of a larger project “Documentation of Natural Heritage of NCT, Delhi and preparing Urban Biodiversity Plan”. The final objective will be to ensure that the natural heritage of Delhi is taken into consideration in the midterm planning review of NCT Delhi’s Masterplan thereby taking a substantial step in urban nature conservation, eco-system services and sustainability. The concept has been replicated in several urban developments in India.
Yamuna Stream Ecology study
A Field study was carried out to document the ecological characteristics of River Yamuna in Delhi-NCR region. The study highlighted the current status of riparian vegetation of the floodplains, aquatic plants, zooplanktons and phytoplanktons, water quality, and other socioeconomic linkages. The study attempted to plug the existing gaps on the ecological baseline status of the river. The findings are compiled into a publication.