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India Water Week
Jan 30, 2015

In an effort to raise awareness, conserve and use water resources in an integrated manner, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India observed India Water Week from 13 to 17 January.

Salient Features

  • It was used as a platform to elicit ideas and opinions from global level decision makers, politicians, researchers and entrepreneurs in the field of water resources for mutual benefit and goodwill.

  • The theme for water week was Water Management for Sustainable Development.

  • India Water Week-2015 addressed the issues of sustainability of water resources development and management in line with Sustainable Development Goals 2015 being finalized by UN.

  • Australia was the partner country for this event and 30 Australian companies participated in the exhibition to showcase the technological advancement in the area of water resources.

  • Maharashtra was associated as partner State.

  • The main function was held in New Delhi with a conference cum policy dialogue forum coupled with a Business to Business exhibition organized professionally.

  • The event was targeted at international and national audience comprising of policy planners and technologists involved with water resources management in all key sectors of economy like agriculture, irrigation, energy, industry and drinking water supply.

Major Components of the Event

  • A multi-disciplinary dialogue in form of a conference discussing issues of water management for sustainable development in, water for sustaining life, agriculture and irrigation, drinking water supplies in rural and urban, industrial water use, energy generation applications.

  • A large group of international and national persons of eminence shared their experiences in the field of water management

  • Three special sessions were held, involving dignitaries, delegates, politicians, experts on various topics of the event.

  • Expert professional bodies and think tanks were invited to put up side events addressing specific issues under the theme.

  • An exhibition was also organized running in parallel supporting the theme and showcasing the technologies, latest development and solutions available for the areas of water management for sustainable development in agriculture and irrigation, drinking water supplies in rural and urban, industrial water use.

  • The exhibition provided a unique networking opportunity to the exhibitors for exposing their products and services to the practicing water resource professionals from various countries.

  • During the week Hamara Jal–Hamara Jeewan initiative was observed in every district of the country. This was an initiative to engage scientists, engineers, water communities, PRIs, other stakeholders and NGOs to address the issues of water resources planning at the local level and to generate awareness regarding need for water conservation.

  • Participation from school students was also a part of the programme for sensitizing the next generation for water conservation.

  • A one day workshop was organized in every district during the week to find indigenous solution for meeting the water related demands and suggest future road map to manage water for growth.

  • The States have been asked to submit a report in this regard after the workshop is over.

  • The recommendations received during the deliberations of the workshop will also be used for preparation of an overview of State level recommendations. Such recommendations would enable Ministry to utilize the same for policy making.

Conceptualised and organised for the first time in 2012, the India Water Week is an annual forum where the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India discusses, talks, strategizes with eminent stakeholders through seminars, exhibitions and sessions to build public awareness to get support to implement key strategies for conservation, preservation and optimum use of available water.

This is the third event in line. The second event namely India Water Week-2013 with the theme Efficient Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities was organised during 8-12 April, 2013 in New Delhi.


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