December 2015 TRINet Newsletter

Chennai's Floods

Why does it take a disaster for people to wake up to problems of poor planning in our cities, especially the makeover of waterways and waterbodies? Ten years ago it was Mumbai being battered by rain. A year ago, it was Vizag battered by Hud Hud. Now it is the turn of Chennai to be battered. We begin December with yet another rain holiday declared and the news that Chennai has just missed bettering a century old record for rain in November. Rain damages were pegged at over Rs 8000 crore about a fortnight ago for Tamil Nadu; with the continuing rain, the cost will only rise. And this just adds to the climate-related disasters that the UNISDR has been talking about: a new report released last week by them shows that over the last twenty years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events. Read more. 

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Dark Secret: Release of the Challenged Coast of India and discussion on the state of the coast. NDTV

Shifting SandsThis 10 minute film is on the significance and potential of coastal shoreline monitoring with local communities. At present shorelines monitoring is a centralised and fund intensive activity undertaken by the Central Government and its agencies. This film highlights the shortcomings within these methods, making a case for regular, field-based and community based monitoring activities.


Chronicles of OblivionThis 25 minute film highlights the challenges faced by women fishworkers in Orissa, in coping with conservation related challenges and economic and social marginalisation. It underscrores the need for a feminist engagement with development and conservation policies and interventions.  

Both films were made by Priyanjana Dutta

 India Endangered : Vanishing Coasts I: A film by NewsX

India Endangered - Vanishing Coasts -II

Mumbai Dying - I

Mumbai Dying-II

The Challenged Coast of India A report by NDTV on the release of the report and website at the CBD - COP11 on 10th October, 2012 at Hyderabad, India