Climate change and water management

Conveners : Ms.Ranjana Ray Chaudhuri, Lecturer, TERI School of Advanced Studies and Dr.Kamna Sachdeva, Associate Professor, TERI School of Advanced Studies

Climate change across the globe has been affecting water availability through altered rainfall pattern and increased frequency of droughts. With higher density of population and lower resilience capacity, all developing and under-developed countries are at risk of water security. Thus, water security is a big concern for rural and urban areas as urban water supply depends mainly on water from nearby dams or rivers, while agriculture is the main water –intensive activity in rural areas. Climate smart innovations in agriculture with optimal cropping pattern and weather-based irrigation can be practised. Water conservation and its efficient utilisation requires water auditing, waterproof utilities, water quality assessment,wastewater treatment, wastewater recycling and reuse. Moreover, the equity in water disitribution is another major concern that involves multiple dimensions including gender, youth, user communities and the like. Hence, a strong water governance structure is also a mandate in order to ensure accountability and transparency in water allocation and distribution. Water conflicts and transboundary water issues can be resolved only through a multistakeholder approach.

The session will address:

  1. Water cooperation for climate resilience: path to achieve water security and avoiding conflicts
  2. Assessing climate smart urban water availability, accessibility, affordability and well being
  3. Sustainable water perspectives in the context of Disaster Risk and Climate Resilience
  4. Experience of working in the field of climate change and water management at grass root level