Glimpses of 2020
The year started with the life-threatening pandemic COVID-19 that has slowed down economic activity and stalled growth across the world. We hope that the situation will improve with time and our lives will be back on track soon. India Water Partnership continued its work with the hope that the situation will improve with time and all thing will be back on track soon.
During this year IWP organized and participated in a large number of meetings, workshops, and consultations mostly through the online platform. A selection of these is as follows:-
- January 9th, 2020
A stakeholder workshop was organized on 9th January 2020 at the Indian Institue of Banking Management(IIBM), Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam to share the outcomes of a study and documentation of good practices in selected three river islands of Brahmputra River to seek support and guidance of the stakeholders to take up policy issues with the govt of Assam as per the findings and recommendations of the study. The workshop was attended by more than 40 participants representing the district and panchayat officials, research organizations, local community-based organizations, Aaranyak, and IWP team members.
- February 14th, 2020
The Gyanotsav 2020 was a two-day conclave held at Bhaga Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonipat district, Haryana on 14th and 15th February 2020 on the theme of “Innovative and Creative Practices in Education for a Better Tomorrow”.The conclave was inaugurated by Hon’ble Sh. Kanwar Pal, Education Minister, Haryana State Government. More than a hundred organizations participated in this festival dedicated to promoting learning and creative practices among students. India Water Partnership participated in the exhibition organized on 14th February 2020.
- February 27th, 2020
A workshop was organized under the Pavitra Ganga project by TERI-The Energy and Resource Institute on innovative wastewater treatment and reuse technologies that are being developed and piloted in Delhi and Kanpur were briefly presented. The workshop was attended by senior officials of National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, GoI, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Jal Board, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IRAP, IHE Delft Institute of Water Education, Ion Exchange India Ltd. Akvo, Delft University of Technology, India Water Partnership, Development Alternatives, etc. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary, IWP attended the workshop and shared her experience of the Hindon river basin and its tributaries and suggested that apart from the existing two pilots, water reuse and resource recovery treatment technologies can be piloted in the Hindon basin.
- March 4th, 2020
A stakeholder meeting for the rejuvenation of Hindon River was organized at the Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on 4th March 2020. The stakeholder’s meeting addressed three major issues- Water Conservation; Rejuvenation of Traditional Water Bodies; and Rejuvenation of Hindon River along with its tributaries – Krishni, Kali (West), and Kali (East). The meeting was chaired by Shri U. P. Singh, I.A.S., Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India and Co-Chaired by Shri Rajeev Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary- cum-Country Coordinator attended the meeting on behalf of the India Water Partnership.
- April 8th, 2020
The Government of Haryana has started a new initiative to cope-up with the challenges that may arise after the lock-down. In this regard, the Government of Haryana invited IWP and other NGOs working in the State for online consultation on 8th April 2020 so that the State is prepared well in advance to tackle the problems as well as State’s preparedness for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Overall 50 participants including representatives of the State Government, UNDP, and NGOs attended the online consultation. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator from India Water Partnership participated and presented a few points on the role of water, hygiene, and awareness for the prevention of COVID-19.
- 13th April 2020
An online water quantity meeting was organized by 2030 WRG on 13th April 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss water quantity management program overview; restoration of Mamore Lake; afforestation planning and pond rejuvenation in the Hindon basin and identify potential projects in the basin for managing water quality and quantity. The meeting was chaired by Mr. V.K Jain Conservator of Forests, Saharanpur district, and co-chaired by Mr. Suresh Babu, Director –Rivers Wetlands and Water Policy (WWF). The meeting was attended by 25 participants from Nirman Nigam, Saharanpur; Shamli District Forest Department, Natural History Research & Conservation Centre, Shamli, India Water Partnership, Natural Heritage Division, INTACH, ITC, TATA Trusts, Evolve Engineering, University of Chicago Trust, State Mission for Clean Ganga, Geovale, SayEarth Foundation, etc.
- 8th May 2020
In continuation of the water quantity management meeting, the 1st working Group Agricultural Water Management meeting was held on 8th May 2020 through WebEx.The meeting was chaired by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Uttar Pradesh, and convened by Multi-Stakeholders Platform (MSP) Secretariat 2030 WRG. The task force members who attended this meeting were INTACH; SWARA (GoUP); ITC Uttar Pradesh (UP); Mawana Sugars, Meerut; IISR; NABARD; Uttar Pradesh State Bio-Energy Development Board, and India Water Partnership.
- 5th June 2020
Government PG College Maldevta (Raipur) Dehradun in collaboration with the Government of Uttarakhand organized an international webinar on “Strengthening the Economy of Rural India through Sustainable Fisheries and Agriculture in COVID Era” on 5th June 2020 on the occasion of World Environment Day. The Chief Guest of the webinar was Shri Subodh Uniyal Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture (Govt. of Uttarakhand) and the Guest of Honour was Dr. R. Dobhal, FNASc, DG, and UCOST. The total number of participants who attended the webinar was approx. 150 and the total number of panelists was 15. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator IWP participated as a panelist in the webinar and presented her views on water conservation, livelihood, and sustainable future and also discussed the current water scenario and its importance for life.
- 18th-19th June 2020
GWP SEA Regional Office organized an online training to help build the capacity of CWPs and all GWP partners who were interested to understand more on how to organize efficient and effective virtual meetings. GWP-SEA conducted this two days online training on June 18-19, 2020 in the most effective and efficient way. The targeted participants were from CWPs and GWP partners in Southeast Asia and South Asia region. Approx. 25 participants attended this training. From IWP Sudha Kumari, Research Associate, and Rahul Naithani, Communication Officer attended the training session. The lead trainer was Fany Wedahuditama, Regional Coordinator of GWP SEA and the co-trainer was Adhitya Wirayasa, Knowledge Management and Communication Officer of GWP-SEA. The training was conducted through online video conference tools (Zoom).
- 6th July 2020
A Webinar on the Disaster Management Act 2005 of India was organized by the National Institute for Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on 6th July 2020. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum Country Coordinator attended the webinar. The purpose of the webinar was to seek suggestions of the stakeholders for sending to the Committee constituted for amending the DM Act, 2005.
- 13-15th July 2020
The three days Online Orientation Workshop was jointly organized by IWP & C4Y from July 13-15, 2020. Shri U. P. Singh, I.A.S., Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India was the Chief Guest on this occasion who inaugurated this virtual ceremony. This workshop was organized for the young students who were selected as fellows of Cohort 2.0. The virtual workshop focused on a diverse range of issues in the water sector, specifically on the thematic areas namely, access to safe drinking water, water security and climate change, river rejuvenation and tributary management, water literacy through digital media, water security, and availability amid COVID-19, water-efficient agriculture management, groundwater conservation, and rainwater harvesting and water policies and governance. Water literacy, communication, blog writing, social media, and documentation were also the thrust areas of the workshop. The learning workshop was very meticulously spread over three days with a mix of sessions addressing a particular or some other problem the water sector faces in India.
- 15th-17thJuly 2020
Global Water Partnership (GWP) conducted virtual engagement training through zoom and interpretation from 15th-17thJuly, 2020 to support Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) to how to organize meetings/workshops/conference through the virtual platform. IWP staff comprising of Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum Country Coordinator, Mr. Mangla Rai, Research Associate, Ms. Sushma Sharma, Accounts Officer, Ms. Sudha Kumari, Research Associate, and Mr. Rahul Naithani, Communication Officer attended the Training.
- 24th July 2020
A webinar on Covid-19 and wastewater/sewage surveillance for Early Warning was organized by British Council on 24th July 2020 from 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM. IWP staff comprising of Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum Country Coordinator, Mr. Mangla Rai, Research Associate, and Ms. Sudha Kumari, Research Associate attended the webinar.
- 30th July 2020
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) along with the HELP and with support from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) organized an online consultation on 30th July 2020, for the Asian Country Water Partnerships of Global Water Partnership – China, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Nearly 90 participants from Asia representing institutions that work with and influence investment and financing for water-related disaster and pandemic efforts participated in the meeting. The purpose of this consultation was to discuss and gain insights on how to practically implement key suggestions proposed in the HELP Principle to Address Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction under Covid-19 Pandemic as the Asian region now faces the monsoon season.
- 14th- 28th August 2020
GWP initiated a survey on gender to assess the understanding of Country Water Partnerships on gender in water-related legislation and policies in their respective countries. The purpose of this survey is to get an understanding of the existing capacity and the status of gender in the water-related legislation and policies. IWP Secretariat sent a communication along with the questionnaire to resource persons on 14th August 2020 who are dealing with water and gender and have an understanding of the issues to seek their inputs. The responses were received and based on their own knowledge and understanding of IWP and duly verifying their responses, the IWP Secretariat sent a consolidated response to GWP on 28th August 2020. The responses will be helpful in designing the capacity building programs for the respective Country Water Partnerships on SDG 6.5.1.
- 21st August 2020
The 43rd Board of Governors Meeting was held on-line through Zoom on 21st August 2020 under the Chairmanship of Mr. R K Gupta, President, IWP. In the meeting, a one minute silence was observed to pay homage to late Dr. K A Haq, former Chair, GWP South Asia and the members welcomed Dr. Nilufa Islam, new Chair of GWP-South Asia. Progress report of IWP from the period January-July, 2020 was presented. Facilitation of IWP for submission of IWRM data on SDG 6.5.1 to United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) by India’s Focal Point and facilitation of IWP for GWP Water Change Makers Award-2020 was reported. Matters relating to governance issues were discussed and important approvals obtained.
- 28th September 2020
Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary- cum- Country Coordinator, IWP attended the first consultative meeting on Gender transformation in South Asia on 28.09.2020 and shared the country perspective based on the earlier response provided to the GWP on gender survey in consultation with the partners.
- 9th October 2020
A webinar on Urban Flooding: Challenges to Solutions was jointly Organized by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India and India Water Partnership (IWP) on 9th October 2020 at 11.00 – 13.00 hrs. The webinar was initiated by Prof. Santosh Kumar, Head, G&IDRR Division, NIDM with a program overview and remarks. Smt. Debashree Mukherjee, Additional Secretary, Dept. of Water Resources, Rural Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt. of India graced the webinar with her Special Address. Around 169 participants joined the webinar while more than 114 participants actively participated in the webinar.
- 21-22nd October 2020
GWP Network meeting was organized on 21-22nd October 2020 through an online platform. The opening session was conducted on 21st October 2020 in which the welcome remarks were given by the GWP chair Howard Bamsy who said that the GWP network has managed to adapt effectively to the new circumstances thanks to modern technology and that in some respects “we can actually be more productive than we were before.” In this session, the 12 finalists of water change makers were also announced. The winner of the Water Change Maker Awards will be announced in January 2021. India water partnership attended the second day Eurasia session of the network meeting and represented its active contribution in mobilizing the youth in the country highlighting its youth water champion fellowship program that has been in place since 2019.
- 26th October 2020
India Water Partnership in association with its network partners; Tree Craze Foundation and Green India Corporation organized a webinar on “Story Maps for Hindon River” on 26th October 2020 for sensitizing students, local community, and Administrators on various aspects of Hindon River and its physiology and how it has been impacted by anthropologic interventions. More than 30 persons attended the webinar.
- 5th November 2020
“Pandai Vimarsh: A Community Dialogue on Village Water Security and Livelihoods” was organized on 5th November 2020 with the aim to inform the people about the community of practice on the international nature of water challenges and the limitations of the vulnerable communities to deal with them with the requisite support in the absence of formal cooperation frameworks on smaller rivers. Shri Girraj Goyal, Director (IEC), Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India was the special guest on the occasion and given opening remarks.
- 26th November 2020
IWP organized its 44th Meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. virtually. In the meeting, progress on the activities from August to November 2020 was presented through PowerPoint. Audit Report for F.Y 2019-20 was confirmed, Work Plan & Budget for 2021 was presented and approved. Five new Honorary members joined IWP governing body, matters of strategic nature were reported, new organizations joined IWP & GWP as a member from August to November 2020 were informed and governance issues discussed. IWP also organized its 18th Annual General Body Meeting from 4.00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Network Partners from all over India were invited to participate in the meeting. In the meeting, Audit Report for F.Y 2019-20 was adopted, progress on the activities from January to November 2020 was presented through the PowerPoint, matters of strategic nature were reported, new organizations joined IWP & GWP as a member from January to November 2020 and Work Plan & Budget for 2021 were informed
- 30th November 2020
The 26th Regional Council Meeting of GWP-South Asia was organized on 30th November 2020. In the meeting, the Work Plan and Budget-2021 were approved. Chairs and Regional Council Members of all CWPs attended this meeting and all the Country Coordinators also attended the meeting as an observer. From India, Shri R. K. Gupta as Chair and Mr. Debnath Shaw & Dr. Ravinder Kaur as Regional Council Members attended this meeting. Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP attended this meeting as an observer.
- 9th December 2020
This webinar was jointly hosted by the British Deputy High Commission Chennai & the Embassy of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands, India, and is organized by the India Water Partnership (GWPIndia). The webinar was organized to offer ideas
for possible joint work ahead of the Netherlands hosted Global Adaptation Summit in January 2021 and U.K.-hosted Global Climate Conference COP-26 in November 2021. It was meant to encourage the U.K.India-Netherlands collaboration on water security in response to UN Water’s Global Acceleration Framework launched in July 2020 calling for an urgent global partnership to ensure transformative global success in SDG 6
- 16th December 2020
IWP in partnership with PRAGYA installed cost-effective and location-friendly handwash stations keeping in mind that many of our target areas do not have access to running water. A core part of the campaign was to raise community awareness, make handwashing a part of the resident culture, and instill the message that “Washing Hands Saves Lives”. The handwash stations were inaugurated on 16th December 2020 at slums in Ghasola and Wazirabad, Gurugram, Haryana along with the promotion of hygiene awareness, hand hygiene training, and gradual mobilization of active members forming Nigrani Samiti (Vigilance Committee) for managing the infrastructures. There will be regular monitoring of stations, community feedback, and provision for a supply of hand wash refills till Nigrani Samiti is considered efficient enough to take over.
- 28th December 2020
The second webinar on “Urban Flood Management: Drainage & Planning” was jointly organized by NIDM and IWP on 28th December 2020 on the theme “Urban Flooding: A paradox of too much water, too less water” to discuss the findings of the Approach Paper being developed under this activity. This webinar was organized with a view to gathering the technical as well as governing perspectives regarding the challenges in mitigation and management of urban flooding.