Ecohydrology - Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World

Brainstorming session on ‘Ecologically Sustainable Water Management: Challenges in Water Scarce Regions’ by Indian National Committee for International Hydrological Programme (INC-IHP), NIH, Roorkee

Chairs : Dr. Sharad Jain, Director, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee and Dr. V. C. Goyal, Scientist G, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee

In the face of increasing climate variability, demographic growth and human migrations, and the emergence of new geopolitical centres, which will affect the global economy (including water and food scarcity and intensified environmental impact), there is an urgent need to mitigate degradation of water resources and stop further decline in biodiversity. Appreciation and optimization of ecosystem services for society along with enhancement of resilience of river basins to climatic and anthropogenic stress may greatly contribute to reach this goal. Considering this, UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP) has setup one of its’ six themes as ‘Ecohydrology- Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World’ for implementation during eighth phase, for the period 2014-2021. For successful execution of IHP in India, MoWR, RD & GR (GoI) has established an Indian National Committee (INC) for IHP with its secretariat at National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee.

INC-IHP will conduct a brainstorming session on Theme-V of IHP i.e. ‘Ecohydrology- Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World’ The theme has five focal areas as given below:

The session will be of 120 minutes and 4-5 invited speakers shall deliberate on the identified topics. Experts from Asia Pacific Centre for Ecohydrology (APCE), Indonesia, shall also be invited for the session.