National Workshop on Water Science and Policy for Sustainable Development
(World Water Day, 22 March 2013, at Raipur (Chhattisgarh))

On the occasion of the World Water Day and to mark the International Year of Water Cooperation, the National Institute of Ecology, jointly with the Chhattisgarh Council of Science & Technology, organized a 2-day National Workshop on ‘Water Science and Policy for Sustainable Development’ in Raipur (22-23 March 2013). Over 150 people from diverse disciplines, government departments, policy makers, planners, universities, institutions and organizations including IWMI and UNICEF participated. The Workshop was inaugurated by Sri Shekhar Dutt, the Hon’be Governor of the State of Chhattisgarh. The hon’ble Governor drew special attention to the need for factoring navigation and inland waterways in the management of the country’s water bodies. He called for restoration of water bodies throughout the state. Prof. Dinesh Marothia, President of the NIE, and eminent expert on Common Pool Resources, particularly water, elaborated upon the need for an appropriate policy for integrated water resources management in the state, keeping in view the common property regimes and the livelihood concerns of the rural people. In his keynote address, Dr A.K. Sikka, Dy Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, focused especially on the water use efficiency in agriculture and the role of rainfed farming. Prof. Brij Gopal, Vice President, NIE, highlighted the contributions of the NIE to the water science, policy and management over the past over 30 years, and to promoting cooperation among diverse disciplines related to the water sector. He also announced that an International Journal on Water Science, Policy and Management will be started next month. Other key speakers included Dr S.M. Jharwal, Dr Upali Amarsinghe (IWMI), and Dr A.S. Rahman (UNICEF).

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