Noted environmentalist Anupam Mishra passed away in the All India Institute for Medical Sciences, New Delhi, on Monday morning. He was 68-years old.
A Gandhian, journalist and a water conservationist, Mishra was battling with prostrate cancer for the past one year. He was known for promoting water conservation, water management and traditional rainwater harvesting techniques.
He was awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar in 1996 and was also a recipient of Jamnalal Bajaj Award. Mishra was also awarded the 'Amar Shaheed Chandrasekhar Azad National Award' of 2007-08, instituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh
He has written several books such as Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab, Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boondein and Chipko movement: Uttarakhand women's bid to save forest wealth. His book Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab became a handbook for many non-governmental organisations working on water-harvesting projects.
Mishra used to travel to villages across India describing the value of time-tested systems of water-harvesting. He advocated conservation of traditional water structures in India.