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1st International Conference on ‘Sustainable Water Management’ began on 10th Dec. , 2018 at Indian School of Business (ISB) in Mohali, Punjab. Conference is being organised by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) under aegis of National Hydrology Project of Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. It will be held for 2 days till 11th Dec.

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About the Theme of 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management

  • Theme of international conference is ‘Sustainable Water Management’.

  • Theme deals w/promoting integrated & sustainable development & management of Water Resources.

Objectives of 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management

Main aim of conference is to foster participation & dialogue b/w various stakeholders, including govt. , scientific & academic communities, in order to promote sustainable policies for water mgmt. , create awareness of water-related problems, motivate commitment at highest level for their solution & thus promote better mgmt. of water resources at local, regional, national & international levels.

Key Highlights of 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management

  • Inaugural session of conference was attended by Himachal Pradesh Governor, who was chief guest of event & Secretary at Union Ministry of Water Resources, who was guest of honour.

  • Conference is expected to witness participation from number of experts & delegates from reputed organisations from w/I India & other countries such as Australia, UK, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany & Sri Lanka.

  • Experts will deliver their experience & expertise in use of state of art technology to stakeholders for sustainable development of water resources.

  • Participation in conference is by invitation & more than 400 delegates are registered.

  • Overall, around 20 companies & organisations will be putting up stalls in exhibition to showcase their activities in area of sustainable water resources mgmt.

  • Conference is first in series of conferences being organised in India under aegis of ongoing National Hydrology Project. Hydrology project is being implemented by Bhakra Beas Mgmt. Board w/financial assistance from Ministry of Water Resources.

National Hydrology Project

  • In March 2017, World Bank Board had approved USD 175 million National Hydrology Project to strengthen capacity of institutions to assess water situation in their regions in India.

  • Project aims to scale up successes achieved under Hydrology Project-I & Hydrology Project-II to cover entire country including states of Ganga & Brahmaputra-Barak basins.

  • Project aims to help new states to better manage water flows from reservoirs.

  • Project includes setting up of national flood forecasting systems w/advance warning system & reservoir operation systems as well as water resources accounting in river basins.

  • It will have potential to help communities to build resilience against possible uncertainties of climate change.

Background on 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management

  • Adopting sustainable water mgmt. practices is significant for entire world, especially for India, in order to build water secure future.

  • According to researchers, India’s total water demand will increase 32 % from now by 2050. Industrial & domestic sectors will account for 85 % of additional demand.

  • Primary cause of increasing water deficit is contamination of water bodies w/both bio & chemical pollutants. Increased amount of solid wastes in water systems such as lakes, canals & rivers are heavily polluting water.

  • In fact, around 21 % of India’s diseases are water-related w/only 33 % of country having access to traditional sanitation.

  • Excessive use of groundwater for agriculture has caused strain in resource. As India is one of top agriculture producers in world, consumption of water for land & crops is one highest.

  • While demand for freshwater is increasing w/growing population, decreasing amount of supply is failing to meet needs of people.

  • This can be reversed if nations & their citizens start integrating water-efficient practices into their daily routine.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 29, 2019

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