Water resource management & supply in Central India: report of User Engagement Initiative, February 2019

Kumar, Pankaj; Gagnon, Alexandre; Sinha, Sumit. 2020 Water resource management & supply in Central India: report of User Engagement Initiative, February 2019. Wallingford and Pune, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, 20pp. (UKCEH Project no. C05962)

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The India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) promotes cooperation and collaboration between the complementary priorities of NERC-MoES water security research. This report presents an overview of the joint India-UK User Engagement Initiative (UEI) held in Bhopal from 28th February to 2nd March 2019. The event was convened by the India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC), which is co-ordinated in India by Dr A.K. Sahai (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune) and in the UK by Professor Harry Dixon (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford). This initiative was organised by the IUKWC Secretariat in collaboration with Dr Pankaj Kumar (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, India), Dr Alexandre Gagnon (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) and Dr Sumit Sinha (University of Leeds, UK). The event aimed to engage state and regional level water policy and management bodies in discussions about how the latest India-UK scientific outputs could be used to help improve the management of water resources in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. To tackle the multi-faceted and intertwined nature of the various water related issues in the state, the event was divided into the water resource and supply management for agriculture, domestic and industrial uses, and energy generation. The discussion at the event focused on improving water resource management in view of the current water resource situation and trend in water supply, particularly on the themes of improving freshwater monitoring frameworks and data for research and management. Scientists from the UK and Indian institutions presented the latest research of relevance to the theme of the UEI and particularly showcasing joint India-UK research outputs in the area of water supply and management. Representatives from Indian academic institutions at the event included the National Institute of Hydrology - Roorkee, the National Institute of Technology - Karnataka, Jamia Millia Islamia University - Delhi, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology - Pune, IISER Bhopal, Amity University - Jaipur, TERI School of Advanced Studies - New Delhi, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) - Pune, the Indian Institute of Soil Sciences - Bhopal, the Indian Institute of Science - Bangalore, the Indian Institute of forest Management - Bhopal, the Central Institute of Agriculture Engineering – Bhopal, and Banaras Hindu University - Varanasi. UK participants included scientists from Loughborough University, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the University of the West of England, Liverpool John Moores University, Cranfield University, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Dundee, and the University of Leeds. The event was multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder in nature. It was attended by representatives from various organisations responsible for the development of water policy and the management of water resources. This included stakeholders from government organizations such as the Department of Water Resources of Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), the National Water Development Agency, M.P. State Council of Science and Technology, M.P. Jal Nigam & Public Health Engineering Department, Central Ground Water Board, M.P. Department of Horticulture, Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, the Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation, and Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Watershed Management. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) also attended the workshop, notably Water Aid India, Lakshya, Towards Action & Learning (TAAL), the Neer foundation, Action for Social Advances, the Centre for Advanced Research and Development, and Development Alternatives Group. This report outlines the structure, participation, presentation and discussion sessions undertaken during the course of the event. The report is intended for the UEI participants, IUKWC Open Network members and stakeholders.

Item Type: Publication - Report
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
Funders/Sponsors: NERC, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), India
Additional Keywords: India-UK Water Centre
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 01 Dec 2020 15:22 +0 (UTC)

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