Dsds 2013

  • Governance challenges in water management and water use efficiency February 1, 2013

    An effective governance mechanism is of paramount importance for water management and water use efficiency. The issue of governance is multidimensional, encompassing social, economic, political, and legal institutions, and supported by a responsive policy framework to ensure sustainability and water use efficiency. Governance of the water sector is complex, involving actors...
  • Global trends in sustainable sourcing of edible oilseed February 1, 2013

    Edible oils constitute an important part of the food cuisine. The demand for vegetable oils has risen steadily catapulted by a combination of factors. The recent years have witnessed emergence of important new actors and trends in supply and demand. Globally this market has very different features e.g. the Chinese...
  • High Speed Railways in India: imperative for current times January 30, 2013

    The proposal for developing High Speed Railway (HSR) between Delhi and Kanpur via Agra was first mooted in the mideighties when Madhavrao Scindia was the railway minister. An internal study found the proposal unviable at that time due to the high cost of construction and inability of travelling passengers to...
  • Sustainable development and a new knowledge economy January 29, 2013

    In defining the "Future We Want" the outcome document from the Rio+20 conference of the United Nations heads of states and governments acknowledged "the need to further mainstream sustainable development at all levels, integrating economic, social and environmental aspects and recognising their interlinkages, so as to achieve sustainable...
  • The challenge of achieving sustainable mobility January 28, 2013

    Providing adequate and quality mobility options to the urban population is one of the key challenges that our cities face today. The trends that we are witnessing in terms of explosive motorisation are leading to major threats to environment, health and social wellbeing. The problems related to urban transport are...
  • Indian cities must act now on city climate resilience plans January 24, 2013

    Cities across the world, due to their rapid population growth and largescale developmental and economic investments, are at high risk from the impacts of climate change. According to the United Nations World Urbanisation Prospects 2011 report, the population living in urban areas is projected to increase from 3.6 billion currently...