Bio-diversity in Rameshwaram: an Introduction

The book 'Bio-diversity in Rameshwaram: an Introduction' is part of the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project as well as the WaSH initiative of UNICEF. It provides an overall insight into the concept of bio-diversity and how it is very important to the Gulf of Mannar region. The fact that the real wellbeing and development of the society in a region is organically related to the healthy bio-diversity of the region cannot be overemphasized. Rameshwaram island being situated in the Gulf of Mannar bio-diversity hot-spot can exert human-activity based influence on the Gulf of Mannar bio-diversity. The extent of awareness about the region’s bio-diversity and its relation to the livelihood and safety of this ancient town will make the influence that much positive for the posterity of human beings as well as other inhabitants of the planet. So we hope this will provide instil that awareness in the reader.

Rain Water Harvesting

The book 'Rain Water Harvesting' is part of the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project as well asthe WaSH initiative of UNICEF. It provides an insight into the science and technology of roof water harvesting. The book explores the various aspects ofrain water harvesting in both rural and urban environment. A variety of rain water harvesting and collecting technologies are studied. The book shows how every individual household in the island can be converted into water harvesting structure and used to improve the collective ground water.

Let us safeguard hygiene (Tamil)

The book 'Let us safeguard hygiene' (Tamil) is part of the 'Green Rameshwaram' programme and aims to provide basic guidelines to safeguard hygiene at the personal level, domestic level and community level. It is lucidly illustrated and is meant both as user's and teacher's manual to learn and teach hygiene. The book explains through effective and simple diagrams how to keep oneself and one's environment clean so that one can live a healthy life. The book is in tune with the UNICEF's WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - programme).

Traditional Medicines (Tamil)

The book 'Traditional Medicines' (Tamil) is part of the 'Green Rameshwaram' programme and aims to provide a comprehensive guide to derive maximum medical benefits for both chronic and common health ailments from the day to day vegetables and green plants we use and come across. The book deals such varied topics as beauty tips to first aid with green medicine. The medicinal formulations suggested here can all be made from the vegetables that are available in your own backyard or with your vegetable vendor. This is one book that can drastically reduce your medical bills and increase your household health.

Water in traditional medical system (Tamil)

The book 'Water in traditional medical system' (Tamil) is part of the 'Green Rameshwaram' programme and aims to provide a very fresh insight into the way water is considered a medicine in itself and also considered as part of the traditional medicinal formulations. The book explores the way in which the water is valued as a vital fluid of the body and hence how the traditional medical system made it important as to the times of the day water is taken in and how it is taken in etc. The book also shows how geo-water from various different sources are treated as unique and their value has been made sacrosanct through traditional veneration.

Manual on Solid Waste Management

The book 'Manual on Solid Waste Management' deals with how to manage and recycle the solid waste generated at domestic as well as community level. The book prepared by the 'Hand in Hand'  team and published by VK-nardep had brought out how the different important players in the system come together for a holistic solid waste management. The households i.e. the common people, the local administration, technology innovators and Non-Governmental Organization can run a successful model for solid waste management is shown in the book with a real time example.

Local Ecological Traditions

The book 'Local Ecological Traditions' is part of the ‘Green Rameshwaram’ project. It provides an insight into some vital features of the island: The book brings out the importance of the local ecological traditions, belief systems, rituals etc. in influencing even global ecological behavior. It brings out how in preserving forest resources the concept of sacred forests play an important role; how traditional water bodies play an important role in the conservation, harvesting and management of water resources by the local communities; how customs and traditionsmake the population adapt an ecologically healthy life style; and how certain local rituals are important for bio-diversity as well as personal empowerment.

Renewable Energy an Introduction

The book 'Renewable Energy an Introduction' provides an insight into the means of making the ancient island energy self-reliant. The book explores the various renewable energy resources available and also the renewable energy technologies used to harness them. Of particular importance is the solar energy and bio-energy. The book shows how the organic waste generated - which is quite a problem in the island- can be converted into an energy source through the bio-methanation plant and how solar energy which is abundant in many parts of this island with shining sandy coast can be made use of to create energy independence.

Rameswaram : a rain water granary (Tamil)

The book 'Rameswaram : a rain water granary' (Tamil) explains how the traditional water bodies of Rameshwaram provide a glimpse of an ancient science of rain water harvesting which is an integral science of not just creating water bodies to collect rain water. Apart from being conversant with the material science aspects of the geological aspects of the soil to toppgraphy to rainfall pattern of the reason, the builders of the traditional water bodies also made sure that the water bodies are conserved and managed for centuries through a community effort. The book explores how such scientific, cultural, ecological and spiritual components made sure that the waterbodies served the communities in a sustainable way for centuries before they were left abandoned when we embraced the colonial value system.

Conserving Water through science and tradition

The book 'Conserving Water through science and tradition' explains how both science and tradition can come together to conserve this precious planetary resource. The book explores how water is held sacred in almost all religious traditions and how water has unique chemical and physical properties which make it important for sustaining life. 
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