District platform for arsenic mitigation: Training and capacity building for stakeholders

On 13-28 September, a series of two-day capacity-building workshops for stakeholders were conducted in four Indian districts – Buxar, Bhagalpur (Bihar) Nalbari, and Jorhat (Assam). – with the support of SCaN, SaciWATERs- Cap Net Network and the European Union.

SaciWATERs has been working with these four district administrations and relevant stakeholders in the past to establish a district-level,people-centric platform for addressing arsenic challenges. The workshops provided capacity building on these issues and the platform.

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Regional Workshop on ‘Leadership and Research Methods for Interdisciplinary Water Research’ – 23rd August to 5th September 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal.

A Regional workshop on ‘Leadership and research methods for interdisciplinary water research’ will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from August 23rdto September 5th2018. The workshop is a part of the South Asian Water (SAWA) Leadership Programme on Climate Change, a fellowship project funded by IDRC and coordinated by SaciWATERs. The aim of the workshop is to train the SAWA fellows in the application of research methods that include gender and social approaches, in leadership skills development through activities such as team-building sessions, communication skills, application of negotiations and conflict resolution in the field. The participants of the workshop are the awardees of the SAWA Fellowship who are pursuing Masters in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in four institutions in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Continue reading

Brahmaputra River Symposium 2017: A multi-stakeholder meet on knowledge sharing – 25 to 26 September 2017, New Delhi, India.

New Delhi hosted the Brahmaputra River Symposium 2017 on the 25th and 26th of September 2017 by convening experts across different sectors, from the basin (Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, and India) as well as international river basins (Mekong, Murray-Darling, Nile, Rhine, and Yangtze). Structured around the theme ‘Knowledge Beyond Boundaries’, the symposium stressed on knowledge sharing, collective efforts to identify knowledge gaps and ways to strengthen the science-policy interface. Representatives from Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Government of India were also present at the symposium. Continue reading

Workshop on the Cross Cutting Themes of Gender, Water and Agriculture with a special focus on the Eastern Gangetic Plains – 8 September 2017, New Delhi, India

SaciWATERs, organised a workshop on the cross cutting themes of Gender, Water and Agriculture with a special focus on the Eastern Gangetic Plains (which spans across parts of Bangladesh, India and Nepal) on 8th September 2017 at The Claridges  in New Delhi, India. The workshop was organised in partnership with the Australian Government funded Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Continue reading

SaciWATERs organises workshop in Telangana State, India

South Asian Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) organized an event on 23rd and 24th March 2017 to mark the occasion of World Water Day. The event included a wide variety of stakeholders including policy makers, government officials, academicians, researchers, NGOs, CSOs and community representatives from of Telangana State. The topic of the workshop was current water issues and policy gaps in the newly created state. The workshop was organised in partnership with the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad, Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO), Bordeaux Metropole and Arghyam.

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Peri-Urban Water Conflicts: Perspectives & Issues of Water Justice in South Asia

SaciWATERs in partnership with SOPPECOM, Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, UNDP Cap-Net and SCaN organized the workshop from 23 May to 25 May 2016 in Hyderabad. There were a total of 54 participants. SAWAS 2nd Regional Review Workshop was held on May 23rd with the purpose to provide feedback on the research work done by the students for publication. The feedback and suggestions revolved around the essentiality of having a conceptual apparatus in interdisciplinary research, and ways to link the data collected in the field with social sciences.

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SaciWATERs Launches Documentary Film “Necessity Triumphs”

SaciWATERs recent submitted a documentary film the ‘Necessity Triumphs’ . The documentary is on how people in peri-urban areas near Hyderabad do not complain about the city waste water that comes to their villages. They instead use it for irrigating their paddy fields and vegetable farms. The documentary shows RO sludge water being used by residents of peri-urban areas to wash utensils and clothes.

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Peri-urban Water Conflicts: Perspectives & Issues of Water Justice in South Asia, 23-25 May at Taj Vivanta, Hyderabad, India

The Peri-urban Water Conflicts workshop aims at building capacity for researchers and development practitioners, investigating issues of water justice in the context of peri-urban South Asia. The water justice issues include water rights, including right to water and equity, as key features of ongoing water governance requirements in the region. The workshop envisages to train more than 50 professionals/ researchers/ academicians/ students from south Asia.

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