Sustaining Water Resources

Date: 25th September 2019
Session Chairs : Professor Pradeep Mujumdar (IISc) and Dr Gwyn Rees (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK)

The rapid development of demographic and economic change is increasing stress on India's water resources resulting in declining water quantity and quality. Such demands on water resources are predicted to continue to grow and to be exacerbated by climate change, land-use change, population growth, and urbanization. Ensuring water security is, therefore, a priority for the whole country. However, achieving this requires a good understanding of the amount, movement, storage, quality and usage of water in any given basin, and how each of these is likely to change in future.

The Sustaining Water Resources (SWR) programme is one of several initiatives funded by the Newton-Bhabha Fund, a partnership established by the UK and Indian governments to provide a framework for increasing research and innovation collaborations that support sustainable economic growth. Supported by India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council from 2016,the SWR programme has undertaken some exciting and novel science in an effort to better understand the wide range of basic processes and interactions that affect water security, sustainable basin-wide water management, economic development and social welfare in three regions of India. Approaching the end of the three-year programme, this session will present its scientific findings and explore their policy implications across India.