Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1999
Barh Mukti Abhiyan
This description of Dinesh Kumar Mishra's work was prepared when Dinesh Kumar Mishra was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
Dinesh Kumar Mishra is organizing communities in flood-prone areas of India to remember local, decentralized ways of coping with floods. Through country-wide education programs on traditional flood management systems, Mishra has launched a movement that empowers citizen groups to re-establish their cultural ownership over rivers and create a new paradigm of flood control ---- non-confrontational tools that respect the natural cycle of floods and respond with minimum technological interference.
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