Livelihoods News

A comprehensive action plan would soon be evolved for developing Gridhakut hills and the nearby Ghorakatora lake as a model of eco-tourism in this key Buddhist tourist centre at Rajgir in Bihar's Nalanda district, officials said on Monday.

Demanding recognition to community forest rights, hundreds of tribals in Bhubaneshwar on Monday staged a demonstration and urged the State government to ensure that the historic Forest Rights Act was implemented in true spirit.

The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) headed by ecologist Madhav Gadgil has given  the summary report, which raises environmental concerns in the Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri regions of Maharashtra and emphatically supports the rights of its people, while strongly criticising the government's role, the WGEEP gave voice to the years of protests witnessed by the regions. The report seeks to answer various questions related to the ecologically sensitive area under consideration, and the role of the ‘development projects' there.

A delegation of non-government organisations assembled under the banner “Beyond Copenhagen” has returned here from Cancun, Mexico, after making interventions for bringing agricultural and food security issues to the mainstream climate negotiations at the 16 {+t} {+h} U.N. Climate Summit. The team took part in the side events, held rallies and lobbied with negotiators during the much talked about global event.

A total of 2,323 people have died and 104,614 have been sickened so far in the cholera epidemic besieging Haiti since mid-October, authorities said Monday.According to figures supplied by the Public Health and Population Ministry, in the last three days 130 people have died from cholera around the country.

Hand loom weavers in Agartala are suffering huge losses, the government used to buy the Janta products through a programme that supported rural crafts but it is not doing the same now, which has added to their woes.“Earlier, the government used to buy all their Janta products through Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Society (PACCS), but it has discontinued it now. The demand of a typical type of weave and fabric has fallen in past few years. 

Farmers, peasants, pastoralists and activists taking part in an “All-India Kisan Swaraj Yatra” – which on Thursday, on its way to Raj Ghat in Delhi – questioned the “displacement-oriented” development policies adopted in the country, saying they were promoting the corporate interests and leading to misery and impoverishment of the rural communities.

It is expected in  January 2011, disaster management will get better and more scientific with Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) readying coastal vulnerability atlas for the entire coastline of the country.

Persons with disabilities are the last identity group to enter the workforce, not because their disability comes in the way of their functioning, but because of social and practical barriers that prevent them from joining work, a study on the ‘Employment Rights of Disabled Women in India'.

Two thirds of the poor live in drylands, about half in farm households where environmental degradation threatens the agricultural production on which their livelihoods depend. It causes them to seek short-term solutions to acute problems, thus further damaging their environment and perpetuating a cycle of desertification and poverty