Water for Life: River Restructuring and its Ties to Land, Society and Public Health in India Members: Carrie Knowlton Kobi Platt Rebecca Reynolds Advisor:
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Water for Life: River Restructuring and its Ties to Land, Society and Public Health in India Members: Carrie Knowlton Kobi Platt Rebecca Reynolds Advisor: Mike Willey Clients: EcoFriends Centre for Environment Education
Issue October 2002: Indian Supreme Court ordered the Indian Central Government to begin work on a massive river linkage project in order to divert water to the southern states for irrigation and municipal use. Feasibility Study: completed by 2006. Project: completed by 2010.
Problem No research done to explore: –the immediate human need for water; –the long-term effects of massive ecosystem alteration; –whether the proposed river linkage project will meet its objectives. NGO’s are scrambling to educate citizen’s about this construction initiative. Currently, there is no comprehensive examination of the Indian River Linkage Proposal.
Research Questions Case Study Approach - Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh What are the current uses of the Ganga River in Kanpur (industrial, residential, commercial)? How are these uses currently affecting pollution, public health standards, and water quality? –What are the objectives of the river linkage plan as proposed by the government (short-term and long-term)? –How will the river linkage affect the these characteristics? –What alternatives might be explored to enhance the project objectives proposed by the Indian government?
Research Questions, cont. How do the findings of our case study pertain to other cities throughout India? How does the India River Linkage Proposal compare to other water management issues emerging worldwide? What significant legal, political and economic factors unique to India contributed to approval of the linkage plan?
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh Primary Contact: Rakesh Jaiswal "Eco Friends performs all such acts that may assist in or be conducive to fostering environmental education, protection and security".
Community Organizing and Activism Partnership with WWF-India to prepare status report on Ganga Action Plan Water Quality Monitoring Partnerships with Religious Organizations Environmental Justice Environmental Education
Secondary Client Headquarters in Ahmedabad with five regional offices and 22 satellite offices Environmental Education Organization funded through the Indian Government and the Nehru Foundation for Development
Conducting Research -Books -Journal articles -Newspaper articles -Government documents -Web-based Resources India background Worldwide lessons Travel to India Consequences
Products Final Report: Multidimensional impacts—economic,ecological, cultural—of river linkage plan. Comparative analysis. Potential alternatives. Systemic Model. GIS.
Budget Three Sections Research Supplies (paper, disks, data procurement). Travel (60 days, food, lodging, transportation. Conference/Dissemination Plans (International or Domestic). Formulated to fit the flexible needs of our client and meet the desired deliverable of our research.
Budget India Rivers EFARACKH AM DISCRETIO NARY FUNDS SNRERACKH AM TRAVEL GRANT TOTAL (EFA) One Year Budget (4/1/04 – 5/1/05) OPERATING COSTS Research Supplies 49203450837 General Supplies 00000 Telephone – Long Distance 370000 Telephone – Local Calls 00000 Postage/Shipping/Handling 00000 Travel – Domestic 11250012002325 Travel - Foreign 30134500018799392 Indirect Costs 00000 TOTAL COSTS by source 50004500345307912924
Importance of Research Unique problem, unique learning opportunity. SNRE Mission: “through creative and collaborative efforts with individuals and institutions anywhere excellence and diversity are found.” International NGO partnership. Access to resources. Information exchange.
Importance of Research Interdisciplinary approach. Public health, ecosystem analysis, economics, public policy and human rights. Broad investigation of a broad problem. Continuation of lasting research. Future SNRE Master’s Projects.