Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Conservation of Forest, Soil and Water Resources in Narmada Basin, India

Hi all,
We have just launched this blog to share views, concerns, ideas, experiences of conservation of forests, water, soil and other natural resources. We will be regularly posting information on these issues.


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Our Website has recently been launched. It offeres information on various aspects of Narmada. Please visit for further details

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Dear Friends,
'Jungle Rahe Taki Narmada Bahe'the book published by us has been awarded 'Medini Puraskar'for 2007 by The Government of India.

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Narmada Conservation Initiative has recently published book titled, "Paani ke Liye Van Prabandh" (Managing Forests for Water). Authored by Sri Pankaj Srivastava,the winner of Govt. of India's prestigious Medini Award for his book "Jungle Rahe Taki Narmada Bahe", this is yet another very useful book in Hindi. The book deals with principles, techniques and practices of managing forests for maintaining perennial flow of good quality water in streams and Rivers. Thorougly illustrated low cost edition is aimed at generating a debate on adding water production perspective in forest management.

CCI said...

Resptected Madam
Mr. Manoj Srivastava (Global Green, Allahabad) have seen very intresting book on Narmada River during the my visit. We have taken dinner Mr Srivastva home. He told me Shri Pankaj Srivastva is elder brother written exellent book on Narmada. He is working with a collabrative project on River health index project of Yamuna River. I did Ph.D. on Chambal River and presently working with Sri Manoj Misra IFS, PEACE Institute Charitable trust, Delhi. If you need any help for River conservation I will come in Indore. Thanks
Dr. S.R. Taigor
HIG 1102 New Darpan Colony
Thatipur, Gwalior-474011 INDIA

Dheerendra Yadav said...

This initiative is a very commendable task signifying that there is someone who still cares for the nature and the natural resources....!!!!
Now we can rethink towards our main perspective of saving every part of our biodiversity.

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We may be under an impression that nature is begging for mercy, but when nature will lose its patience and become merciless, nobody can save humankind.

Dr. Pankaj Srivastava said...

It is quite heartening to know about the historic decisions of the Uttarakhand High court in Writ Petition No. 126 of 2014, Mohd Salim vs State of Uttarakhand and Others, have given verdict that while exercising the parens patrie jurisdiction, the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, all their tributaries, streams, every natural water flowing with flow continuously or intermittently of these rivers, are declared as juristic/legal persons/living entities having the status of a legal person with all corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person in order to preserve and conserve river Ganga and Yamuna.

In another Writ Petition No. 140 of 2015, Lalit Miglani vs State of Utttarkhand and Others the High Court has opined that Rivers and Lakes have intrinsic right not to be polluted. Polluting and damaging the rivers, forests, lakes, water bodies, air and glaciers will be legally equivalent to harming, hurting and causing injury to person. They have also stated that Rivers, Forests, Lakes, Water Bodies, Air, Glaciers and Springs have a right to exist, persist, maintain, sustain and regenerate their own vital ecology system. The rivers are not just water bodies. These are scientifically and biologically living.The rivers, forests, lakes, water bodies, air, glaciers, human life are unified and are indivisible whole. The integrity of the rivers is required to be maintained from Glaciers to Ocean.

The said order also emphasizes that Rivers are grasping for breath. We must recognize and bestow the Constitutional legal rights to the ‘Mother Earth’.The very existence of the rivers, forests, lakes, water bodies, air and glaciers is at stake due to global warming, climate change and pollution.

By invoking their parens patriae jurisdiction, the High Court declared the Glaciers including Gangotri & Yamunotri, rivers, streams, rivulets, lakes, air, meadows, dales, jungles, forests wetlands, grasslands, springs and waterfalls, legal entity/ legal person/juristic person/juridicial person/ moral person/artificial person having the status of a legal person, with all corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person, in order to preserve and conserve them. They are also accorded the rights akin to fundamental rights/ legal rights.

Let us hope these remarkable decisions will help us bring some significant change in our attitude towards nature.

Dr. Pankaj Srivastava