Date: June 5th, 2021, World Environment Day Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
The ‘Training Manual on Eco-Centric Planning & Development’ was prepared in December 2020 as a part of a programmatic engagement between the India Water Partnership and the Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti.
In a bid to systematically present cross disciplinary concepts such as Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), Zero Carbon Buildings, Green Oriented Development, that support management of contemporary challenges, a cross disciplinary exercise was undertaken in 2020 in a strategic partnership between the the India Water Partnership, Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti,and the Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic, whereby training modules have been prepared leveraging contributions from domain experts from across the breadth of professions, including scientists, activists, and researchers. One of the most important outcomes of this exercise was development of a Training Manual on Eco-Centric Urban Planning and Development.
The key focus of this training manual is to disseminate the work of these authors and research cases, constituting the core of these manuals, to diverse stakeholders, pre-eminently practitioners and students. While each of the two modules is tailored around specific issues, they are sub-divided into different complementary modules that enrich the focus of the two modules. While the first module focuses on explaining some facts on urbanization and how it poses challenges for the management of water resources, the second module further expands the ideas presented in Module 1, and outline problems and incidental solutions with respect to themes of urban water supply, storm-water management, wastewater management, rainwater harvesting, reservoir operations, groundwater management etc.
The overall guiding principles of these modules are inspired by the actionable framework on Integrated Water Resources Management paradigm established by the Global Water Partnership.