What is the India-UK Water Centre?

The India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) is a virtual joint centre established in 2016 and funded by the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The aim of the India-UK Water Centre is to promote cooperation and collaboration between NERC-MoES water security research in order to establish a platform for, and legacy of, long-term partnerships and dialogue between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses.

What does the Centre do?

The Centre facilitates linkages amongst the community and seeks to support a range of activities which bring together users, stakeholders and researchers across sectors in order to facilitate development of cross-disciplinary partnerships, exchange knowledge and build capacity. Activities are focused around five key cross-sectoral themes:

  • Developing hydro-climate services to support water security;
  • Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus;
  • Using new scientific knowledge to help stakeholders set objectives for freshwater management;
  • Improving freshwater monitoring frameworks and data for research and management;
  • Transforming science into catchment management solutions.

The IUKWC's activities include a range of workshops, exchange schemes, user engagement initiatives and pump-priming projects.  These activities are initiated from the wider Indian-UK water research community and delivered with support from the Centre.

Further information about the Centre's activities can be found here.

Who hosts the Centre?

The India-UK Water Centre is hosted jointly by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology on behalf of NERC and MoES. The Centre is led by a Management Board and supported by a Secretariat based at UKCEH and IITM. The Management Board is jointly chaired by the Centre co-ordinators, Prof. Harry Dixon (CEH) and Dr Atul Kumar Sahai (IITM). Biographies of the Centre staff can be found here.