Category Archives: Mountains

Strangeness in the mist

Changing climate and environment affect adivasi lifestyles in Kodagu, Karnataka

By Coorg Organisation for Rural Development (COORD)

Cattle grazing is affected by changes in Kodagu grasslands. Photo:

Kodagu (Coorg), that was famous for different types of trees, shrubs and medicinal herbs, is now facing serious environmental threats thanks to  changing weather patterns and human interventions. A temperate climate and good, predictable rains once favoured  adivasis living along the misty hill folds and in the lush woods here,   supporting their farming, cattle rearing, fishing and honey collection. But of late a changing environment laced with an overdose of chemical fertilisers,  pesticides and industrial pollution  no longer support their livelihoods.

This  case study shows that interventions have to be in line with local practices.  People-friendly and people-oriented management of forests and other natural resources are essential for maintaining a balanced environment so as to protect the rich bio-sphere of Kodagu.    (More...)

Humanitarians seek more data on Leh

About 40 representatives of NGOs currently working or that propose to work in Ladakh had a meeting with the Relief Commissioner, Mr. Jigme Thapa at the District collector Office in Leh on 12th Aug 2010 at 6pm.

The following are some of the outcomes of the meeting:

– Agencies were informed that the district authorities do not have a comprehensive list of affected villages yet. They currently have a list of 34 villages compiled from a variety of sources. However, the Relief Commissioner informed those present that this list may not be exhaustive.

Upon being informed that agencies had also compiled a similar list of affected villages, the Relief Commissioner suggested that the representative of Sphere India share all available information with the district authorities to compare data and prepare a final list.

– Agencies were also informed that the district administration did not have any significant data on the extent of damages or needs in any of the affected villages.

Such information would only be available once the Revenue Department begins to carry out detailed surveys, something which has not yet begun.

It was suggested that agencies carry out assessments in each of the affected areas on the extent of damages and needs using a standardized format. The Relief Commissioner highlighted in particular the need for enumeration – gathering details (names and exact numbers) of those affected.

– In light of the specialized requirements of different sectors, it is proposed that Sectoral Working Groups will be formed. These groups would be advisory in nature, and it would work to guide the rehabilitation operations of agencies. Sectoral Working Groups on the following areas were proposed:

1. Shelter 2. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 3. Food and Nutrition 4. Livelihoods 5. Education 6. Health