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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Essay Competition on Sustainable Water Conservation Techniques

“There are number of ways to save water, but it should start with ‘U’”

-D. Madhuri, Grade 10, ZPHS, Peddapur Village

SaciWATERs in joint partnership with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB), conducted an awareness programme on “Sustainable Water Conservation Techniques” across the Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS), of Peddapur Gram Panchayat, Medak District in Telangana State, India. The programme is funded by Arghyam and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

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Consultation on water quality issues in Uttar Pradesh, India

Water quality issues both biological and chemical are of grave concerns within many regions in India. The State of Uttar Pradesh (UP), has added cause for concern due to growing incidences of natural and man-made contamination such as fluoride, arsenic, chromium, iron, to name a few. Owing to the complexity of the problem there is a need to bring together concerted efforts along with systematic action. Keeping this in mind a small consultation began in Lucknow on 7th August 2015 to initiate a collaboration of the diverse knowledge and action nodes within UP.

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Workshops on Peri-Urban Water Management Arranged in India and Bangladesh

To encourage participatory peri-urban water management, the Shifting Grounds project has incorporated a series of workshops across two countries of South Asia: Kolkata, India and Khulna, Bangladesh. The workshop brought local people from different professional backgrounds along with water authorities to ensure better access to water resources across peri-urban areas.

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Training on water rights, equity, and gender issues for water professionals in South Asia

As part of the ongoing CGIAR funded research project “Poverty squares and gender circles: unraveling agriculture gaps, challenges and opportunities in Eastern Gangetic Basin” – India, Nepal and Bangladesh, SaciWATERs with the support of UNDP Cap-Net, CGIAR WLE and SCaN carried out a two-days (16-17 Dec) training program on water rights, equity and gender at Marina’s Motel, Bagdogra, West Bengal, India.

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