Regional workshop on ‘Energy and resource efficiency in Urban Water Management’ on February 28, 2013 at Guwahati, Assam
CSE is organising a regional workshop on ‘Energy and Resource Efficiency in Urban Water Management’ on February 28, 2013 at the NEDFi Conference Hall, Guwahati, Assam. The workshop is supported by Department of Urban Development and Guwahati Development Department (Government of Assam) – as the local partner state.
The NURM mission cities need to expand the accessibility and availability of water supply and sanitation facilities to make the cities vibrant. But the opportunities under NURM and in particular North Eastern states also come with a challenge to mainstream the Best Management Practices (BMP) and reforms targeted at energy and resource efficiency measures in urban water management for long term sustainability.
The objectives of the regional workshop are:
To generate awareness about the best management practices (BMPs), state of art knowledge and reforms in the area of energy and resources efficiency.
To discuss with key state holders the concept, issues/barriers and experiences in mainstreaming of BMPs/NURM reforms in the sustainable water management area.
To explore capacity building support required to implement projects aimed at mainstreaming BMPs and reforms in the NURM schemes.
The speakers at the workshop will include – Principal Secretary (Urban Development / Water Resources), key municipal functionaries from local bodies, development authorities and public health departments – both policy makers and senior officials involved in planning and implementation of NURM projects in NE states including experts from CSE, other Centre of Excellence(s) identified by the central/state government, faculty and researchers IITs, professional bodies, industry, practitioners and NGOs advocating energy and resources efficiency in urban water management. The chief guest of the workshop will be Capt Robin Bordoloi (Chairman, GMDA) and Dr. J.B. Singh (Principal Secretary, UDD) will be the guest of honour.
Participation in the workshop is strictly by invitation.
Surface water sources such as lakes, ponds and rivers are very important as they help in flood control, ground water recharge and storm protection. They also secure water for drinking, agriculture and industrial purposes. They play an important role in mitigating and adapting to the climate change effects. Once, lakes and wetlands played a vital role in South Asia’s urban landscape, but rapid urbanisation in the region has led to massive encroachment and pollution of its waterbodies.