IUKWC GFES 3: Water Resource Management & Supply in Central India

water resource management

Indian Activity Lead Name: 

Dr. Pankaj Kumar

Indian Activity Lead Organization: 

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research(IISER), Bhopal

UK Activity Lead Name: 

Dr. Sumit Sinha

UK Activity Lead Organisation: 

University of Leeds
UK Activity Lead 2: Dr. Alexandre Gagnon
UK Activity Lead Organization 2: Liverpool John Moores University

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

Event structure:

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.

Expected outputs

The key aim of this GFES is to expose the scientific team to issues faced by stakeholders at a ground level. The specific expected outputs of the GFES are:
  • 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

Scientific team members are expected to effectively engage with Stakeholders in order to:
  • 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

Stakeholder participating in the GFES are expected to:
  • 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.

Activity Documents: 

Activity Date Calender: 

Monday, February 25, 2019 to Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Google map location: 

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