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Prelims Syllabus : India’s projected water demand and need for sustainable use of water Mains Syllabus : GS 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

Why in news?

  • The first International Conference on ‘Sustainable Water Management’ began on December 10, 2018 at Indian School of Business (ISB) in Mohali, Punjab.
  • The conference is being organised by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) under the aegis of the National Hydrology Project of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • The theme of the international conference is ‘Sustainable Water Management’.

Objective:

  • To foster the participation of and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments, the scientific and academic communities, so as to promote sustainable policies for water management.
  • To create awareness of water-related problems, motivate commitment at the highest level for their solution and thus promote better management of water resources at local, regional, national and international levels.
  • The conference is expected to witness participation from a number of experts and delegates from reputed organisations from both within India and other countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany and Sri Lanka.
  • The experts will deliver their experience and expertise in the use of state of art technology to the stakeholders for sustainable development of water resources.
  • The participation in the conference is by invitation and more than 400 delegates have been registered.
  • Overall, around 20 companies and organisations will be putting up stalls in the exhibition to showcase their activities in the area of sustainable water resources management.
  • The conference is the first in the series of conferences being organised in India under the aegis of the ongoing National Hydrology Project.
  • The hydrology project is being implemented by the Bhakra Beas Management Board with financial assistance from the Ministry of Water Resources.

National Hydrology Project:

  • It is a World Bank Board sponsored project to strengthen the capacity of institutions to assess water situation in their regions in India.
  • The project aims to scale up the successes achieved under Hydrology Project-I and Hydrology Project-II to cover the entire country including the states of Ganga and Brahmaputra-Barak basins. Apart from benefitting the states in further upgrading and completing their water monitoring networks, the project aims to help new states to better manage water flows from the reservoirs.
  • The project includes setting up of national flood forecasting systems with an advance warning system and reservoir operation systems as well as water resources accounting in river basins.
  • It will have the potential to help communities to build resilience against possible uncertainties of climate change.
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