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Theme: Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus
Venue: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Dates: GFES will run from 25th February – 27th February 2019
The event aims to address the key scientific needs of the water resource management and supply sector in Central India, from the point of view of the grassroots level. The region demonstrates a complex water nexus with a high growth - rate of industrial, agricultural, and energy sectors, as well as escalated water demands. Further, under changing climate, in the last couple of decades the region has witnessed continuous warming and a decline in precipitation (though not significant). These demands and variation in climate have a distinct impact on the regional hydrological balance. Efficient implementation of adaptation measures, to counter the spatiotemporal variation in demand and supply of water, warrants a closer examination of various hydrological fluxes and states at diverse spatial scales . Any adaptation measure for the efficient management of the water resources in the region would require accurate information about water availability in monsoon and non-monsoon seasons,surface and groundwater supply,groundwater recharge potential, stream-flow, and river runoff, amongst others.
Every sector needs enough supply of water to meet its demands; the challenge for the policy makers and the governmental institutions is to meet the water demand of these growing sectors in the face of changing climate in a sustainable manner, without adversely impacting the environment. GFES-3 aims to be an intervention to fully understand the hydrology and water management system in the region from the point of view of the grassroots manager and user; this can be immensely helpful in designing a scientifically and socially sound strategy to better monitor and manage water resource in the region.
The specific sectors in WRM planned to be addressed through this initiative include:
- Water resource and supply management for agriculture
- Water resource and supply management for domestic and industrial uses
- Water resource and supply management for Energy
The stakeholder groups of focus for this event are:
- Organizations/stakeholders at a district/block level responsible for the development of water policy and the management of freshwater issues
- Water resource dependent communities
Examples include: Taluk level water supply departments, irrigation departments, farmers associations, crop advisories, NGOs, Urban planning and management departments, industries and power plant managers
This event is planned to be a community, as well as, a field-based approach, for a team of scientists (both UK and India) to gain in depth understanding of the issues associated with ground-level water management and the current level of uptake of scientific outputs. It will involve visits to different sites and interactions with key stakeholders, including local communities.
- Grassroots Knowledge Exchange/Capacity Building Brief, part of the IUKWC water brief publication series, which will provide an overview highlighting the key lessons from the session, co-authored by all participating scientists and select stakeholders.
- Annual Exposure Outlook Article: Contributions to an article on current session with a cross-sectoral approach to be published by the IUKWC.
- Short Film: A film portraying the time spent by scientists interacting with stakeholders from the field, and key messages from different stakeholders.
Expectation of scientific team members
- demonstrate the utility of their previous joint India–UK research; the team members are welcome to bring posters of any specific technology (in diagram form preferably) for ease of demonstration to stakeholders;
- represent the current capabilities of their research area more widely, conveying information about potential benefits and utility for stakeholders;
- explore ideas for coproduction of scientific outputs.
Expectation of Stakeholders
- communicate current use of scientific outputs in freshwater monitoring and convey their limitations;
- communicate current and future science and technological needs in facilitating improved water resource management and supply;
- interact with scientists on best methods to address the above needs and explore ideas for collaboration.