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Water must not only be safe for drinking, but also for agricultural irrigation. The solutions have to be affordable, safe and energy efficient. Moreover, there needs to be an understanding of the complex Water-Food-Energy Nexus, which is vital for conservation and sustainable management of surface water. Sustainable outcomes can only be achieved through understanding the dynamics of this ‘Nexus’ in relation to the management of water quality.
The India-UK Water Centre invited applications from water scientists and stakeholders (NGOs, Industries, Policy makers) based in Indian and UK institutions to attend a workshop on Safe and Sustainable Technologies and Strategies for Integrated Freshwater Resource Management that was held over four days at the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (JSSAHER), Mysuru, India from 25th – 28th June 2019.
The aim of the workshop was to further the development of sustainable strategies, urgently needed in India, which also have global impact, to tackle long term provision of good quality water for drinking and food production. This was accomplished through technical sessions including:
- The centrality of WFE Nexus to sustainable development
- Water standards, regulation, and pollution mitigation approaches
- Safe and sustainable technologies and strategies for WFE security
- WFE Nexus analysis, technology, and policies for sustainable management
As well, technological solutions including – for identification of specific heavy metals and pathogens, low cost water monitoring systems, use of solar and systems for water purification and desalination were explored, along with eco-toxicology and the impacts to wildlife. Participants had the opportunity to gain practical exposure through a field visit to a pharmaceutical industry.
Attendees were invited to propose a 20 minute presentation and/or to present a poster at the Workshop.
The workshop atttracted applications from academics, NGO and young researchers who wished to explore the delivery of outcomes that will benefit people from every walk of life through critical discussion and demonstration.
This was a competitive call, with spaces available for a limited number of delegates based at UK and Indian institutions. The Centre looked to ensure a balance of expertise and numbers of attendees from any one institution represented at the workshop. In the event of greater numbers of applications than places available, the Centre considered:
- Applicant expertise relevant to the workshop theme,
- Motivation for attending the workshop,
- Expected contribution to the workshop,
- Potential benefit to the applicant in attending,
- Organisational balance.
The IUKWC covered reasonable travel and subsistence expenses for UK and India-based participants attending the workshop.
For resources relating to the workshop, please see https://iukwc.org/mysuru-workshop-resources
For event presentations, please see https://iukwc.org/workshop-presentations