Nandita Singh

Nandita Singh
Södertörn University | sh · Environmental Studies

PhD

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This is a handbook intended to provide guidance on nature-based solutions for supporting water sustainability in peri-urban areas. The reader is presented with an innovative, holistic and operational framework that has been developed through transdisciplinary processes. It also contains detailed guidelines about how to use the framework for a more...
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Recent efforts to achieve social, economic, and environmental goals related to sustainability emphasize the importance of nature-based solutions (NBS), as grey infrastructure alone is insufficient to address current challenges. The majority of frameworks proposed in the literature fail to address the full potential of NBS, neglecting long-term res...
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The Yellow River, with a developmental and historical significance to China, is now facing several emerging pressures, which are degrading the river status and creating challenges for high-quality development in the basin. Numerous studies on such emerging pressures, present scattered outcomes, and trigger uncertainties and deficient assumptions on...
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Arsenic contamination of groundwater has emerged as a significant challenge for the human right to water in India because of over 80% dependence on groundwater for drinking, particularly in the rural areas. In order to mitigate the arsenic menace and provide safe drinking water to the masses, government and non-governmental agencies have initiated...
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This poster summarizes our project NATWIP - Nature-Based Solutions for Water Management in the Peri-Urban Linking Ecological, Social and Economic Dimensions. This is a 7-nations project funded under the transnational EU-Cooperation Call Water-JPI, and will deliver an innovative assesment framework for nature-based solutions for water in the peri-ur...
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Urban lakes in many places around the world are rapidly becoming vulnerable because of such factors as urbanization, climate change, anthropogenic pollutant inputs, etc. The influence of such forcing factors on lakes hydrology must be correctly recognized and addressed in order to protect them over the long term. Facing similar challenges, Sukhna L...
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Arsenic is a dangerous contaminant that occurs naturally in the groundwater in many parts of the world, including India. The presence of this contaminant threatens enjoyment of the human right to water, negatively impacting upon people’s health, economy and social wellbeing. This in turn thwarts people’s enjoyment of the rights to health, education...
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The bottled water industry is a strong manifestation of privatization of water as a resource, which is often promoted by protagonists as a means to improve “accessibility” to “safe” water for all at “affordable” prices. However, for antagonists, the sole aim of the bottled water industry is to earn profit out of a generally minimally priced resourc...
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This chapter attempts to integrate the analytical threads presented in the various chapters of the book. The different contexts presented in the book are first analyzed under a number of overarching themes. These context-based themes are the following: water resources, policy environment, legal landscape, program and project interventions, and inst...
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The impact of climate change on water is imminent which in turn holds serious implications for enjoyment of the human right to water. Both quantity and quality of water are foreseen to get affected through impacts on water. This chapter aims to explore, first, the challenges posed by climate change impacts on water to the exercise of human right to...
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Transboundary watercourses present a context which can have an impact upon the human right to water of over 40 % of the world’s population. Transboundary water resources are increasingly coming under stress in terms of both quantity and quality, due to increasing populations and unsustainable and inequitable uses. Climate change is expected to furt...
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The human right to water of women has been considered as being of special importance. Not only do women need water for themselves but as domestic water managers also stand responsible for fulfilling the water-related needs of other household members. But are women able to enjoy their right in all circumstances? How does the industrial activity of m...
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The human right to water is ultimately to be enjoyed by people as right-holders – men, women, and children – who live in local communities. Action for implementing the right for the people is undertaken by the agencies as duty-bearers. However, neither do the duty-bearers implement the actions in an impersonal and neutral manner, nor do the right-h...
Book
The discourse on the human right to water presents deliberations on the concept, content and rationale for the right, with little attention to the practical question of translating the right into reality. This book aims to fill this void by focusing on ‘realization’ of the right by its holders, examining how effective the mechanisms are for ‘implem...
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This chapter introduces the reader to the purpose and contents of the book. Beginning with a brief outline of history and concept of the human right to water, it argues that the current scenario indicates that measures for implementation of the right are not always able to deliver the goods as planned. Therefore the central question is identified a...
Conference Paper
Ecosystem degradation has emerged as a major problem in India, adversely affecting livelihoods of especially the poor and marginalized who were closely dependent on them. Interestingly, the problem is evident in areas where water resources were already limited. The presentation aims to expose the pathways through which poor management of water led...
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Water resources in India are projected to face severe climate-induced stress. In the North-Eastern Hill region, where lifestyles are closely connected to nature, this holds great implications for human development. While scientific knowledge regarding climate change and water is growing at global and regional scales, an equally diverse body of know...
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An important area in the discourse on gender and water is water supply where women are seen as the key actors and beneficiaries. A human rights approach to development has been adopted with access to safe water explicitly recognized as a basic human right. This right places a legal obligation upon governments to translate the international norms in...
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The human right to water and sanitation has been most commonly approached from the perspective of legal machinery and mechanisms for its implementation. Perhaps an underlying assumption among human rights practitioners is that once action for implementing the right is undertaken, its realization will be achieved. Often ignored are factors and proce...
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The right to water has been recently recognized as a fundamental human right by the United Nations, thereby clarifying its status as 'legally binding', making it 'justiciable' and enforceable. This development has been heralded as a key that holds great potential to change the lives of the billions who still lack access to clean water. Many of thos...
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Pollution of water resources has emerged as a significant problem in urban India. Rapid growth of population, inadequate planning, and industrialization, generally lead to degradation of quality in surface as well as groundwater resources. This paper aims to explore the question of management of water quality in the mega-city Delhi, with a focus on...
Conference Paper
The human right to water and sanitation has been most commonly approached from the perspective of the machinery and mechanisms for its implementation. Perhaps the underlying assumption is that once action for implementation is undertaken, access to water and sanitation and hence realization of the right will be spontaneously achieved. Little attent...
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Sanitation has been recognised as an important development goal in rural India and addressed through the Central Rural Sanitation Programme (CRSP) launched in 1986. CRSP was restructured in 1999, with a new approach comprising demand-driven, community-led and people-centred campaign - Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) - with a focus on IEC and cost-s...
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The participation of local stakeholders in governance of water resources is regarded as inalienable for ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability. To enhance gender balance in the water governance process, institutions are being designed and executed globally to elicit enhanced participation of women. This paper contends that in the con...
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One of the targets of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015. It is believed that one of the ways to add impetus to the ongoing efforts is to explicitly recognize water as a ‘human right’, with a focus on ensuring the right of women and children, who are...
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Nandita Singh and her colleagues look at children's right to water in India. They argue for the exercise of the right by children by analyzing the universal normative-legal framework and its difference to the local socio-culturally defined framework. They suggest that defining problems and designing actions only within the normative-legal framework...
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In recent years, the arsenic menace has come to threaten the lives of several millions in the state of West Bengal in India. A number of technological options have been developed to supply arsenic-safe water to affected communities. These can be conveniently clubbed under the categories of alternative technologies for supplying arsenic-free water,...
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Mining as a sector is vital to a country's economic growth but the impact of the activities on environment can be an important cause of concern. In Wassa West district of Ghana, mining as an industry has been promoted in the recent past, but with significant impact on environmental aspects, especially water, leading to conflicts between the local c...
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Water technologies are increasingly regarded as pivotal to the process of societal development. One arena of importance is the delivery of water to society through comprehensive water supply programs that aim at ensuring ‘safe’ water for all. The principal target group in these programs is women, whose development is believed to be promoted through...
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Water is a natural resource subject to management in many small-scale societies as common property. A dominant approach to understanding the sustainability of such common property resource (CPR) management regimes is the rational action model, which assumes that their successful governance is achieved through collective action based on a rationally...
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The importance of gender concern in water sector is paramount, being seen as the harbinger of greater efficiency and effectiveness as well as equity. Consequently, there has been a continuing trend of designing water management policies with emphasis ranging from promoting participation of women in management of water projects in particular to supp...
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The participation of women in local water governance is currently envisaged as necessary for achieving sustainable management of water resources. Towards this end, institutions are being created in many developing countries enabling the participation of local people in the use and management of resources. How effective is the participation of women...
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The importance of gender concern in water sector is paramount, being seen as the harbinger of greater efficiency and effectiveness as well as equity. Consequently, there has been a continuing trend of designing water management policies with emphasis ranging from promoting participation of women in management of water projects in particular to supp...
Conference Paper
While about a decade ago, developing appropriate hardware for mitigating the arsenic menace in West Bengal was the prime concern, today, safe water supply options almost abound in the affected local communities. The government has drafted a detailed program for mitigating the problem and international development agencies are actively supporting th...
Conference Paper
In recent years, the arsenic menace has come to threaten the lives of several millions in a number of states in India. Of these, the earliest to be reported and perhaps the worst to be affected are the populace living in the state of West Bengal. Until the middle of the 90s, the concern was with developing appropriate ‘hardware’ that can supply ars...
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Community water supply programmes are seen as instrumental in achieving the goal of ‘safe’ water for all. Women, a principal target group of these programmes, are to be benefited with greater convenience, enhanced socio-cultural opportunities and better health for themselves and their families, provided through improved water facilities. Water supp...
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As domestic water managers, the strategic need of women has been identified as having access to domestic water sources that are convenient, reliable and located close to home. The need has been addressed through installation of low cost improved water supply systems in different parts of the developing world. While the need of women as domestic wat...
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Achieving effective and efficient management of water as the key to human survival and development has emerged as an urgent global concern. The realization of the limited availability of water in space and time under conditions of ever-increasing pressures has caused designing of 'modern' water management initiatives that are globally manufactured...
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Women and water are linked together in more than one way. They may be seen as "domestic water managers" with specific water-related needs and interests. They may also be seen as having the potential for more active involvement in the sector at the levels of policy making, planning and implementation. Drawing upon the background of such needs, inter...
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Gender concern in water resources management is globally seen as instrumental in achieving greater efficiency, effectiveness and equity in the sector. Working within the global framework, in recent years, the state in India has drafted and designed gender- based initiatives in the sector at policy as well as program levels. Most of these concern th...

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Inspired by political ecology and decolonial thought, and using a comparative actor-focused approach, this project aims to bridge the knowledge gap around hydro-territorial rights (HTRs) and rural sustainability by exploring and problematizing dilemmas, disputes and challenges related to contested HTRs within indigenous/rural communities in three different sociocultural and legal-institutional settings: Bolivia, India and Tanzania. Through an inter- and transdisciplinary gender-conscious approach based upon qualitative comparative case study design and decolonial methodology, knowledge will be co-created by conducting ethnographic research with local communities. The final objective is to identify pathways by which the HTRs and livelihood preferences of rural/indigenous communities could be secured that could also motivate appropriate policy and action for rural sustainable livelihoods.
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NATWIP will contribute to closing the water cycle gap by exploring the potential that NBS offer to address water management challenges in landscape areas that have been neglected because they lie in the transition zones between the urban and the rural, commonly referred to as peri-urban areas. The overall purpose is to exchange learning experiences among the partnership and promote the debate between science and society in order to increase awareness among practitioners and users on the application of NBS to manage different hydrological challenges such as water scarcity, pollution, and risks related to extreme events like flood and drought.
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Millennium Water Story (MWS) is an on-line information, education and communication initiative which aims to enhance awareness and sensitization among all stakeholders about the centrality of water for our survival and sustainable development. It intends to stimulate critical thinking about the gravity of the problems facing our invaluable water resources and educate about potential sustainable solutions. MWS is the first initiative in the world that intends to reach this goal through the exclusive medium of PHOTO STORIES.Though these photo stories portray real life situations from different parts of India on various dimensions of water management, these are actually representative of the challenges confronting the world’s water resources. Similarly, the solutions presented in these stories also hold the potential of wide applicability across varied geographical contexts.