Glimpses of 2019
India Water Partnership organised and participated in a large number of meetings, workshops and consultations in 2019. A selection of these is as follows:
- January 16th -18th, 2019
India Water Partnership organised farmer’s session along with Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) on 16th January, 2019. This session was chaired by Dr. A. S. Dhawan, Vice Chancellor, Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth and Co- Chaired by Dr. Suresh Kulkarni Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), Govt. of Maharashtra. In this session farmers from different states shared their learning and experiences of using Micro-irrigation Techniques. During the Technical session on Sub Theme 3: Participatory irrigation, Ms. Sudha Kumari Project Associate from IWP presented a paper on “Capacity Development for Farmers and their Service Providers”. This session was chaired by Mr. K.C. Naik Chairman, Central Ground Water Board and Co-Chaired by Mr. R. K. Sinha Chief Engineer, Central Water Commission, Govt. of India. Delegates from various organisations of India and different countries also presented their papers during this session. Dr. Veena Khanduri from India Water Partnership was the nodal officer for the farmer’s bazar. During the farmer’s bazar, group of farmers from different village setups their stalls and displayed their organic products.
- January 22nd – 23rd, 2019
Water Technology Centre (WTC), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India organised a United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) sponsored bilateral workshop on “ Building an Operational Composite Drought Monitoring Index for India” from January 22-23, 2019 in collaboration with University of Nebraska, Lincoln under its MoU with the ICAR / IARI as part of the on-going US-India 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant Program. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership attended this workshop and briefed about South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) developed through partnership initiative of International Water Management Institute, World Meteorological Organisation, Global Water Partnership (GWP)-South Asia, CIGAR, CCAFS and Governments of South Asia, which integrates remote sensing & ground truth data such as; rainfall, soil information, hydrological data, vegetation indices, etc. She also explained that SADMS is a first kind of regional platform for South Asia and have inherently finer spatial details (500 m resolution than other commonly available global drought products. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Ravinder Kaur, Principal Scientist, IARI and Regional Council Member, GWP-South Asia.
- 18th February 2019
A Ganga tributary management approach is being developed by Government of Uttar Pradesh with the Hindon sub-basin as demonstration area. For this purpose, a multi-stakeholder platform has been established vide Government Order (No-4912/9-5-2018-474sa/18) dated 18 February 2019. The secretariat is hosted under the state mission for clean Ganga, with support from 2030 WRG (Water Resource Group). India water partnership who is working from 2030 water resource group on a large scale for the Hindon River Rejuvenation as a prime stakeholder has been selected as one of the members in steering board. In this regard, Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership participated in an interdepartmental roundtable workshop about Ganga tributary management & Hindon vision development on 8th April 2019 at Directorate, Urban Bodies and Training centre, Lucknow. The main objective of this meeting was to collect inputs for a vision as starting point for integrated river basin management in the Hindon Basin.
- 25th February, 2019
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India organised the National Water Awards 2018 on February 25th, 2019 at New Delhi to recognise and appreciate the efforts being done in Water Conservation and encourage the engagement of various stakeholders (NGOs, Corporate Houses, Water User Associations, Industry, Individuals) promoting practices for ground water augmentation, water use efficiency, recycling and reuse of water and creation of awareness through public participation at national front. The award has been constituted with the objective of improving the management of water resources in the country. The award ceremony began with Shri U.P. Singh, I.A.S, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India addressing the gathering followed by a speech by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. Mr. Rahul Naithani, Communication Officer from India Water Partnership attended the National Award Ceremony.
- 7th March, 2019
Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP with Ms. Annelika Laninga, 2030 Water Resources Group, Hindon/ Ganga Rejuvenation visited Kothari village of Muzzafarbad block, Saharanpur, one of the districts of Hindon River basin on 7th March, 2019. The main objective of the visit was to interact with the officials and local Hindon Coordinator of Shamli district (Prof. Umar Saif, also an IWP network partner) to know about planning process of Integrated Natural Management Plan at village level. Prof. Umar Saif who is also District level Hindon Coordinator, Shamli district and Nirmal Hindon Samiti, Bahat Tehsil, Shamli explained that during monsoon small tributaries of Shivalik forest are brining heavy flow of water with mud, silt and stones which destroy the neighbouring farmers’ fields. Hence, Integrated Natural Resource Management is required in Shivalik forest, which is the origin of Hindon River and its tributaries.
- 8th March, 2019
IWP celebrated International Women’s Day 2019 on 8th March, 2019 at WAPCOS Limited campus, Gurgaon, Haryana (India). Women have had a very close knit relationship with water since ages. They have traversed miles in search of water for household, sanitary and health purposes and have made conscious efforts in promoting its judicial use. However, hardly do we recognise them as heroes who have been one of the best water managers. With gusto of promoting a world where there is equality for women and equity in water resource management, India Water Partnership pose for bringing a better balance for women and water security on this International Women’s Day working towards a world where everyone has equal access to water
- 15th March, 2019
The 40th Board of Governors Meeting of India Water Partnership (IWP) was held on 15th March, 2019 at 03:00 P.M. (15:00 hrs IST) at WAPCOS, Kailash Building, 26 K. G. Marg, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Mr. Avinash C. Tyagi, Vice President, India Water Partnership & Former Regional Council Member, GWP-South Asia. After the welcome address by the Chair, Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary- Country Coordinator presented agenda items through power-point. During the meeting, there was a thorough discussion about the IWP Road Map beyond 2015 and GWP Draft Strategy 2020-2025. The members present were requested by the Chair to provide their suggestions. Another important topic that came up for discussion was the 6th India Water Week, 2019 which will be organised at New Delhi between 24th and 28th September, 2019. The theme of IWW-2019 is “Water Cooperation – Coping with 21st Century Challenges”. Further the planned activities of IWP for the year 2019 and activities undertaken by IWP from October, 2018 to February, 2019 were presented briefly before the house.
- 26th March, 2019
Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP participated in the workshop for CSOs and NGOs organised by 2030 Water Resources Group, hosted by Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MICCIA) Trade Tower, Pune, Maharashtra on 26th March, 2019. The workshop witnessed participation from Multi Stakeholders Platforms (MSP) formed by 2030 Water Resources Group to tackle water resources management challenges in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
- 29th March, 2019
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India organised Swachhta Pakhwada from 16th March to 31st March, 2019. Officials from WAPCOS Limited and IWP along with its network partners from Delhi-NCR also joined the Ministry in cleanliness drive organised on 29th March, 2019 at Chhat Ghat, ITO, New Delhi along the Upper Yamuna River Bank. More than 400 volunteers participated in cleaning the Chatt Ghat by removing plastic and other solid waste. WAPCOS staff is regularly contributing Shramdaan (Volunteer labour) every fortnight for cleaning the Chhat Ghat by removing Solid waste and other garbage. This activity is giving message to nearby inhabitant’s to also contribute for cleaning their surroundings. Mr. U. P. Singh, I.A.S, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, R.D & G.R), Government of India was present along with Ms. T. Rajeshwari, Additional Secretary, MoWR, RD & GR; Mr. Akhil Kumar, Joint Secretary (I.C & G.W), MoWR, RD & GR; Mr. D P Mathuria (Member Secretary, Upper River Yamuna Board; Mr. R K Gupta, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, WAPCOS Limited & President, IWP; Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP and Ms. Annelieke Margreet Laninga, Coordinator, Hindon/Ganga River from 2030 Water Resources Group.
- 16th April 2019
Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-country Coordinator, IWP Participated in the panel discussion of 4th Asia Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation on 16th April 2019 at New Delhi in the session Climate Adaptive Water Management.
- 30th April to 2nd May 2019
Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP participated in the three days training programs of alliance for water stewardship from 30th April to 2nd May 2019 at Gicia India Pvt. Ltd. Noida, Uttar Pradesh-201304. Participants from Gicia India Pvt. Ltd., DNV GL Business Assurance India Private Limited and some independent partners also attended the training Program. The 3 day program began with Introduction given to the participants and managing water challenges. An introduction to AWS Standards and how to use these standards with other tools were a part of the Day 1 training session. The 2nd day of the training session emphasized on implementation of AWS standards at various steps. The final day’s agenda included discussions on interim accreditation requirements & certificate requirements, execution of assessment, grading, major and minor non-conformities and self-verification, pre-assessment and group certification.
- 24th June, 2019
To commemorate its Golden Jubilee, WAPCOS Ltd. (Host Institution of India Water Partnership & Global Water Partnership) organised a pre-event by cleaning four Ghats (sacred place in rivers as per Indian philosophy) namely; Chhat Ghat, Kudsia Ghat, Yamuneshwar Ghat and Shyam Ghat, located along the banks of River Yamuna followed by plantation drive along the above four Ghats on 24th June, 2019. More than 600 persons from WAPCOS Ltd., India Water Partnership (GWP-India) staff and 7 network partners of GWP-India and other NGOs (145 no.s) from Delhi-NCR participated in the events for this noble cause. Theme of the event was “Our River, Our Future” and “Plant Tree, Save Life”. The active participation of GWP-India network partners along with their staff were highly appreciated by the dignitaries of Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India and WAPCOS Ltd. Pleased with the active contribution of GWP-India network partners, President, India Water Partnership & Chairman-cum-Managing Director, WAPCOS Ltd. has issued Letter of Appreciation to the GWP-India network partners.
- 26th June 2019
The final mega event was organized at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi on 26th June, 2019 in the august presence of Chief Guest, Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti, Government of India, Mr. Rattan Lal Kataria, Hon’ble State Minister of Jal Shakti and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, Mr. U. P. Singh, I.A.S., Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India. Apart from this, officials from Ministry of Jal Shakti, Central Water Commission, Central Ground Water Board, India Water Partnership network partners, as well as Ambassadors/ Ministers/ Special Secretaries from other countries where WAPCOS Ltd. is rendering its services in Hydro-power; Infrastructure development; Irrigation, drainage and water management, Watershed management, etc. were present in the function. The dignitaries from abroad appreciated the good work done by WAPCOS Ltd. in socio-economic development in their respective countries. Overall more than 1800 persons attended the mega event.
- 16th – 18th July, 2019.
Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary and Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership attended the Regional Training/Workshop on Climate Resilient Wash and Climate financing organised by UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) UNICEF Headquarters Water and Climate team in collaboration with Global Water Partnership (GWP). The training was held at Hotel Annapurna, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal from July 16 – July 18 2019. The objective of the training was to develop the Capacity of UNICEF and GWP Country Water Partnerships of South Asia, WASH Practitioner’s in the region on Climate resilience and financing, Supporting GWP Country Water Partnerships with the implementation of the Strategic Framework at all levels including; carrying out WASH Climate risk assessments, appraising technology options and implementing programming at scale and to support countries to access climate funds through the development of fundable proposals.
- 2nd – 13th September, 2019
UNCCD COP-14 was organised in India from 2nd to 13th September, 2019 at India Expo Centre Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. 196 countries with over 5,000 participants participated during UNCCDCOP14 from across the globe. Environment Ministers from 94 countries were also present in the conference. The theme of the COP-14 was “Restore land to sustain life”. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi inaugurated the High Level Segment (HLS) of UNCCD COP-14 on 9th September, 2019 in the presence of heads of the UN and other international organisations, leaders of states and ministers from many countries. During this period, a side event “Changing minds on Drought Management; the Economic case” was also organised by GWP and other partners on 11th September, 2019. From GWP side GWP Chair Howard Bamsey, Frederik Pischke, Senior Network Officer GWP Eastern Africa & GWP Southern Africa and Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership, Dr. Veena Khanduri attended the side event. The side event was launched by the GWP Chair. Thereafter, the GWP Chair Howard Bamsey along with Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership, Dr. Veena Khanduri launched the GWP Strategy 2020-2025 and GWP Chair explained to the audience about the GWP Strategy. In the panel discussion, Dr. Veena Khanduri spoke on Multi-Stakeholder approaches for IWRM and Drought Management. She discussed about the framework of Drought management which can help India to develop a proactive approach. She also highlighted that droughts affect 42 per cent of India’s land while another 6 per cent is exceptionally dry plane. Another session organised by GWP was on Drought Preparedness Day on the same day. This session was also attended by Dr. Veena Khanduri. Ms. Sudha Kumari, Research Associate, India Water Partnership attended these two sessions as a delegate.
- 9th September 2019
A round table discussion of multi-stakeholder partnership for Ganga Tributary Governance was held on Monday 9 September 2019 at 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. at NMCG (National Mission for Clean Ganga), New Delhi. The meeting was organised by 2030 Water Resources Group in collaboration with NMCG and Uttar Pradesh State Mission for Clean Ganga (SMCG) and Chaired by Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga. The chief invitees’ were delegates from Mongolia who shared their successful case studies and examples of tributary management and river conservation ideas of their country. 15-20 participants from government, civil society and research background attended the meeting and shared their views on the Hindon for current and future rejuvenation plans. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership with her research associate Sudha Kumari also participated in the meeting shared her views on the Nirmal Hindon Rejuvenation Partnership Experiences and Challenges.
- 15th September, 2019
National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India organised “Great Ganga Run” at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on 15th September, 2019 between 5.30 to 11.00 A.M as a part of Jan-Andolan (Peoples’ Movement) to seek support of the general public and to bring about positive change in minds of the people on Water Conservation and River Rejuvenation. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP took part in 5 Km run and Mr. Mangla Rai, Research Associate, IWP participated in 2 Km run.
- 24th – 28th September, 2019
The 6th India Water Week (IWW-2019) was organised from 24th to 28th September, 2019 at Vigyan Bhawan and Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi with the theme “Water Cooperation – Coping with 21st Century Challenges” focusing on need and importance of water use across all sectors. India Water Partnership, which been a part of the organising and technical committee along with others facilitated the India Water Week-2019 Secretariat in organising a Panel Discussion which was held on 25th September, 2019 on the topic of “Re-orienting the Water Education to Address the Water-Related Challenges”.
- 30th September 2019
GIZ India (Indo-German Project “Support to Ganga Rejuvenation”) in collaboration with the National Mission for Clean Ganga organized one day introductory training on “River Basin Management Cycle and Implementation: How to Protect and Improve Water Environment” in New Delhi at Hotel Lalit on 30th September 2019. This was a full day training program and attended by the various Govt. and Pvt. officials. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum- Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership attended the full day training program on behalf of India Water Partnership.
- 19th – 20th October, 2019
25th Regional Council meeting was held in Bhutan from 19th -20th October 2019 at Ro-Chog Pel Hotel, Thimpu, Bhutan. Mr. Debnath Shaw, RC member of GWP South Asia from India and Dr. Veena Khanduri, Country Co-ordinator cum Executive Secretary, India Water Partnership attended the meeting.