IUKWC, under its Pump priming project initiative, recently funded a project on "Stakeholder engagement in hydro-climatic services in India". The project is led by IUKWC member Dr. Zareen Bharucha of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK, and aims to review current practices, challenges and future opportunities relating to the development of hydro-climatic services (HCS). A participatory workshop with HCS developers was held at IITM, Pune on 14th & 15th September 2017.
In May 2017, IUKWC launched an online poll to identify the priorities of members of its Open Network on stakeholder engagement in the Indian water sector. A thorough analysis of the votes and comments highlighted the urgent need of engaging with the regional level water policy and management bodies. Stakeholders at regional scale connect policy makers with implementers and regulators; they are responsible for identification and interpretation of available scientific knowledge (hydro-climatic services), recognizing its utility and facilitate its dissemination at local level while ensuring adherence to legal and policy devices.
This new competition is run as part of the Newton-Bhabha Fund programme, Innovate UK and the Research Councils (the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology are inviting proposals for innovative solutions for reducing industrial waste in India.
The Activity Report from the IUKWC's inaugural workshop workshop held in Pune 29 Nov-1 Dec 2016 is now available here. The workshop aimed to bring together scientists to explore the scientific challenges involved in the production, translation, distribution and use of climate information and tools to inform decision making in the Indian and UK water sectors. Further details of the meeting and presentations can be found here.
A water security initiative between major India and UK research funding bodies is announced today.
The virtual India-UK Water Centre will stimulate collaboration between the two countries and address significant water availability and sustainable water management issues in both the UK and India.