Understanding Water Security Paradigms

Session Chair : Dr Sudhirendar Sharma, Author, Researcher, Consultant, New Delhi

Society is at the crossroads of balancing the needs of the environment with the imperatives of development. With climate change a glaring reality, water availability and access has triggered multiple scenarios under varying geographical locations manifest in emerging demand-supply conundrum. Hydrology has evolved as a science a great deal - from managing surface flows to exploiting groundwater to tracking water vapors. Space-based topographic data and advances in computing technology has transformed the science of hydrology, and has tossed a need for understanding water from outside of the disciplinary box, as water is but a reflection of profound interrelationships between landscapes, ecosystems, and societies.

Climate change acceleration has thrown fresh challenges on the water front, warranting an urgent need to balance multi-sector demand by sustaining sources of blue water. Critical to meeting the emerging challenge would be the the need to comprehend the common but differentiated pattern water generates under varying geo-morphological settings, to be negotiated by policy prescription for up-scaling location specific innovative initiatives. The science of hydrology need to move center-stage in addressing the layers of questions that can be spotted across. While exploring whether technological advancements make us any wiser in addressing the impending water crises, the panel will explore how water-future can be secured without losing sight of our water-past - historically, culturally and politically.

The moderator will set the context, and invite each of the panelists to wade through the issues raised. The discussion will be peppered through cross examining the feedback from panelists in raising fresh cache of queries. Audience feedback/comments will be appropriately sought.

Panelists:

  1. Prof. Sekhar Muddu, Indian Institute of Science
  2. Dr. Laurent RUIZ, INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
  3. Dr. Veena Srinivasan, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment

*the session may co-opt additional panelists and designated respondents from among the conference participants.