Capacity Building of Local Urban Bodies in Rajasthan on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Project Title: Capacity Building of Local Urban Bodies in Rajasthan on Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Location – Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Project Description
The Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Planning and Implementation was an initiative of India Water Partnership (IWP) and ICLEI South Asia, supported and funded by Global Water Partnership (GWP), to strengthen IUWM approach in the cities of Rajasthan to achieve sustainable water management approach by promoting integration, coordination, participation and innovation. The project aimed to instigate integration in the municipal line of functions through the capacity building of local water managers using IUWM toolkit developed by ICLEI South Asia. Under this project, training modules were developed based on rapid version of IUWM toolkit. The training module is step by step guides to implement IUWM based approaches and ease the decision making in water sector. Working with government departments, water managers and local NGO, ICLEI, has contributed to map the water supply system and identified major areas for interventions in the Rajasthan. Consultation workshops were conducted with the stakeholders to understand the problems, based on which training programs were conducted to different groups. Furthermore, awareness building was done to impart knowledge to establish a systematic IWRM plan in place. Best practices/case studies
showcasing the principals of IUWM were documented in a structured format. These covered the seven case studies from different cities in India and five best case studies from Rajasthan and distributed to municipalities, practitioners and researchers during the training programs and consultation workshops to understand the broad approaches of IUWM and its methodologies to streamline the present water management practices. The objective of the project was to support development of smart and sustainable cities with respect to water management. The project has built the capacity of local authorities/governments to create, enable, institutionalize and promote inclusive governance and management mechanisms for the water sector by considering IUWM approaches and principles. It has also built the capacity of urban local bodies to undertake water sector reforms for closing the urban water loop and conservation of urban water bodies to achieve sustainable development goals.

The main challenges of this project was to conduct training programs at local levels, select and finalize best success stories and develop training module for the training and capacity building of the local authorities, local government staffs and city water managers. The project was delayed for 2 months due to state level elections. During this period it was difficult to communicate with the state officials to nominate cities, and provide comments and suggestion for the training workshop.

The main outcomes of the project can be listed at two levels:

City Level:

  • The training program conducted in Jaipur directly benefited 15 PHED engineers and officials who attended the workshop
  • It helped cities to understand IUWM principles and approaches supported by best practices.
  • The capacity building of 15 local engineers and water managers will promote use of IUWM
  • principles in the 6 cities (Jaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Kishangarh, Bundi, and Barah) to become more water secure. This will benefit more than 3,881,022 of population in these five cities.
  • The training helped city water managers to map urban poor and women as highly vulnerable actors in the context of water scarcity.
  •  All cities mapped the water supply system and identified major areas for interventions.

State Level:

  • Awareness on importance of vertical institutional integration to achieve long term water security
  • Addressing issues with internal communication and collaboration across departments at state level and support required from senior officials.
  • Efforts on individual capacity and concentration on leadership skills, communication, work ethic, flexibility/adaptability, interpersonal skills rather than purely technical skills like water data analysis, hydrological analysis, designing of water pipelines and documentation and preparing water management plans
  • Potential in shifting/expanding target groups
  • Greater collaboration with key players in the industry and other national or interstate capacity building programs.

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