Sustainable Water Management: Creating a Paradigm Shift
Synergy | Shared Vision | Corporate Leadership
Sustainable Water Management can help to bridge the gap between water availability and demand by promoting coordinated development and management of water through a planned process for allocation and monitoring of water resource use, in the context of social, economic and environmental objectives in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. Sustainable Water Management would also help to harness the interdependencies between the different uses of water which primarily include the three Pillars: Agriculture, Industry and Urban Supply.
The need of the hour is to shift the focus from a scenario where there is inequitable allocation of water, skewed share of responsibilities for water augmentation and disproportionate burden of pricing vis-a-via water use to a scenario where there is shared vision and responsibilities for water augmentation, greater accountability, an incentive framework for going beyond compliance, and a coordinated approach to water supply and management. The Conclave theme ‘Sustainable Water Management: Creating a Paradigm Shift’ will therefore focus on a Paradigm Shift to ensure equitable sharing of responsibility and to gather all the stakeholders for a co-ordinated approach towards the common goal of sustainable water management. The Conclave will aim at highlighting new adaptive strategies, business models to reduce, recycle, reuse and redesign concepts, where the water sector should both essay old solutions as well as innovative approaches to Sustainable Water Management.
The discussions will also address the discrepancies and challenges in implementation, the values and vision private sector should embody, and the future direction to integrate Sustainable Water Management into policy and practice.
Enabling Policy and Regulatory Framework for Sustainable Water Management
India is rapidly urbanizing and undergoing industrial transformation, where water for urban and industrial use has gone up substantially and reallocation of water between various sectors often creates social tensions and conflicts. The session on ‘Enabling Policy and Regulatory Framework for Sustainable Water Management’ will focus on facilitating an enabling framework for recognising water as a shared resource and for promoting integrated water resource management. It is also expected to explore policy measures to incentivize the use of treated wastewater to industry for going beyond compliance.
Water-Industry-Agriculture Nexus: Harnessing the interdependencies
Agricultural water use is under growing pressure as demand for water increases with population and water intensive cropping patterns. Industry and Agriculture are both dependent on water; hence, there is a need to address the interdependencies and interlinkages between these two sectors. Many industries are interested, involved and investing to increase water use efficiencies in Agriculture sector, for providing benefits that go far beyond reduced water use. This session will open the platform to share such linkages, challenges, opportunities, solutions and highlight case studies based on Smart Agriculture and off-grid applications for water-energy nexus, which are initiated by corporates for the better management of water in the Agriculture sector.
Water Use Efficiency in Industries: Best Practices
Many Industries have demonstrated responsible behaviour and proactive initiatives in the realm of water use efficiency through innovative technologies and solutions. These initiatives go beyond mere compliance to exploring and implementing innovations to stay ahead of the curve. The session aims at showcasing such initiatives by industry towards sustainable water use.
Augmentation of Water Supply: Efficient Models and Potential Synergies
In order to mitigate the problems of water scarcity, an integrated approach is required, which focusses on water conservation, as well as wastewater recycling and reuse. Since water supply, distribution and wastewater management are some of the most important issues in the urban context, the focus of the session will be to deliberate on various approaches to water recycling and reuse as well as technologies for water augmentation. The session will address the issue of water recycling in domestic and industrial sectors while also the role for Public-private partnership (PPPs) for Sustainable Water Management as one of the ways, to efficiently manage resources. The challenge is therefore, to have a structured approach towards creating an enabling environment for private and public investment in water infrastructure for ground and surface water augmentation systems and encouraging water stewardship through watershed management, rain water harvesting, ground water recharge, waste water recycling, desalination etc.
- Bilateral/Multilateral Organizations
- Central and State Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies
- Financial Institutions/Banks
- Municipal Corporations and Other Urban Local Bodies
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Research Institutes
- Technology Providers