India Water Foundation
India Water Foundation India Water Foundation is a registered non-profit civil society, having its headquarters in New Delhi. It is engaged in generating heightened public awareness all over India regarding the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Water impacts key elements of the quality of life, from human health and economic growth to our natural environment. Generation of this awareness is facilitated through seminars, conferences, symposia, personal contact programmes etc., in tandem with like-minded civil societies. As water is an essential component of power generation and food production, therefore, India Water Foundation is also engaged in ensuring environmental security, water security, energy security and food security which are essential for sustainable development.
Vision India Water Foundation (IWF) envisions its Vision to integrate sustainable development into national policy at national, regional and global level. Sustainable development is a new paradigm for economic growth, social equality and environmental sustainability. Water is a key component of sustainable development and all ecosystems are inextricably linked with water. Keeping in view the close nexus between water, energy and food, solution to water related problems can better be facilitated through this ‘nexus approach’, which seeks to find solutions based on convergence between various sectors or disciplines and is being widely regarded along with resilience to attain sustainable development.
The nexus approach can serve as a bridge that could engulf the gap between the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development.
OBJECTIVES The objectives of India Water Foundation inter alia include: Developing public awareness and understanding of water, environmental and energy related issues catering to community and societal needs for managing and preserving water and energy resources and protection from natural and man-made hazards; Dissemination of information related to water, energy and environmental programs Water harvesting, recharging and water conservation; Energy conservation, preservation and efficient use; Assessment and evaluation of industrial and agricultural water use efficiencies; Assessments of Impacts of climate change on water, energy and agriculture; Water quality and water use issues Integrated watershed development and management Locating Dependable Ground water supplies Planning for clean and dependable sources of water and energy; River basin management and improvement of people`s livelihood; Promoting water-energy-food nexus approach as key to sustainable development.
Concepts Promoted by IWF Within a short span of four years of its existence, the IWF has been able to develop and promote some basic concepts in water sector, which inter alia include: Nexus Approach, Assimilation & Dissemination of Water Related Knowledge, Inter-Sectoral Convergence, Emphasis on Soft Approach, Collective Approach on Water etc. These are briefly described below:-- Nexus Approach
India Water Foundation envisions integrating sustainable development into national policy at national, regional and global level. Sustainable development is a new paradigm for economic growth, social equality and environmental sustainability. Water is a key component of sustainable development and all ecosystems are inextricably linked with water. Keeping in view the close nexus between water, energy and food, solution to water related problems can better be facilitated through this ‘nexus approach’, which seeks to find solutions based on convergence between various sectors or disciplines and is being widely regarded along with resilience to attain sustainable development.
The nexus approach can serve as a bridge that could engulf the gap between the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development. In pursuance of this ‘nexus approach’, the IWF focuses on Environmental Security, Water Security, Energy Security and Food Security.
Assimilation and Dissemination of Water Knowledge India water Foundation is engaged in assimilation and dissemination of plethora of wit and wisdom generated locally, regionally and globally in water sector and making it accessible to all stakeholders in water sector in their vernacular language so that the concerned stakeholders are benefited by it. Water related knowledge is generated through innovation experimentation and techniques, seminars, conferences and workshops etc. However, the knowledge thus generated remains confined to printed reports in different languages that adorn the shelves of the archives and it seldom reaches the masses which are main stakeholders of water sector.
The IWF plans to make efforts in this regard to assimilate such knowledge and get it translated into local languages for further dissemination amongst the people. However, it is gigantic task requiring collective support of national, regional and international agencies.
Inter-Sectoral Convergence There are about eleven ministries of the Government of India which deal with water related issues in one way or the other. These ministries inter alia include Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Drinking Water, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Ministry of Agriculture etc. Besides, water being a state subject is being looked after by each state according to its requirements. Thus there exists a sectoral approach to water related issues and there is lack of coordination, cooperation and convergence in water sector between and amongst various Central ministries on the one hand and between the Central Government and states on the other.
This results in duplication of work and extra expenditure without achieving tangible outcome of significance.
It is in this backdrop that the IWF has been making efforts to promote inter-sectoral and inter-governmental convergence in water sector and it has succeeded to some extent as well. India Water Foundation has been espousing the case for establishing India Water Hub as an apex body where all stakeholders in water sector share their knowledge and seek redressal of their water-related grievances at national and local levels. Emphasis on Soft Approach India Water Foundation has taken up the initiative of laying equal emphasis on ‘Soft Approach” along with ‘Hard Approach’ to tackle water related problems.
Thus far the major emphasis has been on finding engineering and technological solutions to water related issues and policy making, its implementation and feedback process from the stakeholders has generally not received due emphasis which it deserves. The Soft Approach entails capacity building of the people and as such India Water Foundation is affirmative about the need for capacity-building of the people and institutions in water sector. This task of capacitybuilding of the people can be accomplished by sensitizing, incentivizing and galvanizing the people about water-related issues.
Sectoral to Collective Approach Adverse impact of the ongoing process of climate change, fast depletion of global surface and ground water resources and rapid melting of glaciers coupled with mounting problem of pollution of water resources cumulatively add to the already grim problem of acute shortage of drinking water in almost all parts of the globe. Various UN agencies like UNEP, UNESCO, WHO, FAO, UNICEF etc and international water organizations look upon water from their regional or problem-centric perspective. Nevertheless, water is a global issue that calls for collective approach and not sectoral approach.
India Water Foundation lays emphasis on inter-nation and inter and intra-organizational synergy in water sector to tackle the problems pertaining to water and thereby ensuring sustainable supply of safe drinking water globally.
Organizational Chart of India Water Foundation Sh Dinesh Kumar Agarwal, FCA, CEO, India Water Foundation (Finance, Administration, Budget, Finance and Budgetary aspects of Project Proposals etc.) Dr. Arvind Kumar, PhD President, India Water Foundation (Research, Planning, Sustainable Development, Project Planning & Management, Interface with Ministries/Departments, Interaction with UN Agencies and other international organizations etc.) Ms. Shweta Tyagi is currently executive secretary of the India Water Foundation. She looks after administration, communication, Programmes, planning for research projects, seminars and conferences, dissemination of awareness and understanding of water and environmental issues, interface with media, publicity etc.
HONORARY PATRONS Mr. Avinash Tyagi, presently Secretary-General, ICID, New Delhi, has varied experience in dealing with various facets of water resources management, with specific expertise in impact of metrological fluctuations on agriculture, recycling of waste water for agricultural reuse and flood control and management etc. Dr Ajit Tyagi, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) and former Director-General India Metrological Department, Ministry of Earth Science, Government of India and presently holding Koteswaram Professor Chair at Ministry of Earth Science, Government of India. (Expertise in metrological data analysis, flood management, assessment of Impacts of Climate Change on water and agriculture, disaster management, budgeting, planning and strategy for disaster relief measures etc.) Dr.
V K Garg, Hon’ble Chairman, Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission GOI (The State of Goa and Union Territories, Former C&MD Power Finance Corporation, Govt. Of India), Expertise in Green Energy, Climate Change Impact, Energy Water Nexus, Energy Security. Shri Prakash Singh, IPS (Retd.), former DG (P) of Assam and former Director-General of BSF.
(Expertise in security, counterterrorism, planning and strategy for combating non-military threats emanating from climate change, environmental degradation etc., and water and energy security). HONORARY ADVISORS Dr. R. K. Prasad is currently Principal Chief Advisor (Hon.) of India Water Foundation. He is former director IREDA and ex-chairman, Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. (Expertise in groundwater management, energy and water conservation and judicious use, planning, management and strategy of renewable energy resources etc.). Mr. Ramesh Chander Jhamtani is currently Chief Advisor (Hon.) of India Water Foundation.
He is former Advisor (Industry), Planning Commission, Government of India. (Expertise in inland water transportation, planning for clean and dependable sources of energy and water, recycling and treatment of industrial wastewater, energy and water use efficiency etc.) Dr. Suraj Sharma is currently Principal Advisor (Hon.) to India Water Foundation. He is former Member of CGWB and Advisor, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. (Expertise in rainwater harvesting, water mapping and water footprints, water quality management, Integrated Water Resource Management, recharging and conservation of water, recycling of wastewater etc.).
Prof. S.K. Chaturvedi is currently senior advisor to India Water Foundation. He is presently Professor Emeritus and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), and is (Expertise in rural development, water and energy management in India & neighbouring countries, entrepreneurship and livelihood, Integrated Water Resource Management, water and energy security etc.). Prof. Vinay Kumar Tewari is currently Principal Advisor (Hon.) to India Water Foundation. He is currently with the faculty of IIT Roorkee as professor and he is a former Vice-Chancellor of Uttarakhand Technical University.
(Expertise in water quality management, water mapping and footprints, watershed management etc.). Mr Pankaj Sharma is, is M. Tech from Roorkee University and MBA from IIM, Kolkata and presently Sr. Consultant (Hon.) with India Water Foundation. His areas of expertise include ICT, technical advisory inventory, outsourcing technical expertise for projects etc. Ms Garima Mishra is currently Sr. Consultant (Hon.) with India Water Foundation. Her areas of expertise include relations with media, interface with professional and voluntary organizations, media networking, planning and strategy for seminars and conferences, outsourcing etc.
ACTIVITIES OF INDIA WATER FOUNDATION
Activities of India Water Foundation are divided into two main categories – Conferences organized by IWF and Conferences/Seminars/Workshops in which IWF participated. Conferences organized by IWF On 14 February 2010, India Water Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, Dev Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, and allied organizations, hosted one-day international conference on Innovative Ancient Techniques in Resolving the Current Crisis of Soil, Water and Environment at Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CSMRS), Olaf Palme Marg, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.
India Water Foundation, under the stewardship of Dr Arvind Kumar, hosted Felicitation Ceremony to felicitate Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation at New Delhi on 5th June 2010. The function was presided over by the Union Minister of Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs, Sh. Pawan Kumar Bansal. The Chief Minister of Delhi Mrs. Sheila Dikshit felicitated the Sadhguru.
On 9 November 2011, an International Conference on Water Use Efficiency in Water Sector was held in Jaipur, Rajasthan) jointly by India Water Foundation, New Delhi and Rajasthan Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO), Jaipur. Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, Hon’ble Sh Pawan K. Bansal, delivered the Inaugural Address at this conference. IWF has entered into a MoU with the Meghalaya Basin Management Authority (MBDA), Government of Meghalaya, as a knowledge partner in management of water resources.
Participation of IWF in Different Workshops, Seminars and Conferences The India Water Foundation was represented at the 25th session of the Governing Council of the UNEP held at Nairobi (Kenya) from 16-20 February 2009.
The IWF President was invited as a Keynote Speaker and he delivered speech on “Right to Water” at a National Conference on world water day organized by the Union Ministry of Water Resources GOI in New Delhi in 22 March 2009. The IWF was invited to National Workshop organized by the CII on “Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Water Management and Rainwater Harvesting” on 17 March 2009 at New Delhi. The IWF President, Dr Arvind Kumar, Presided over a National Seminar on “Development and Dimensions of Vraj Mandal” organized by Vraj Mandal and
Bharatiya Vidhya Bhawan in Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan Hall, New Delhi on 10 April 2009. The IWF was instrumental in initiating the two official level meetings on intersectoral convergence of Ministry of Water Resource GOI & Rural Development GOI held in Vigyan Bhawan on water-related issues in 30 April 2009 between and among the Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and some other ministries of the Government of India.
The IWF was represented at the Singapore International Water Week meeting held at Singapore during the 21ts June to 25th of June 2009.
The IWF President was one of the keynote speaker and special invitees at one-day conference at Jodhpur in 9th August 2009 on Transparency and Accountability jointly organized by Transparency International-India Chapter and Jal Bhagirathi Foundation, Jodhpur. IWF President Dr Arvind Kumar contributed a paper on “Role of Social Audit in Water Sector in India” at the All India Seminar on Integrated Water Resources Management organised by National Productivity Council, Ministry of Commerce GOI in NPC Bhawan New Delhi on 22 December 2009.
IWF President Dr Arvind Kumar was invited as a ‘Special Speaker’ to a “consultation on perspectives of different stakeholders on water rights and social exclusion” national seminar organized by NACDOR in New Delhi on 19 January 2010. IWF was invited by ASSOCHAM Delhi at their office as part of delegation from Indian business association, convergence talk with OSAKA Chamber of commerce Japan delegation 3:30 pm 19th January, 2010 New Delhi Dr Arvind Kumar as President India Water Foundation Presided Over at an All India meeting with representatives of the Netherlands Desk and captains of Indian Industry at Gurgaon (Haryana) on 13 February 2010 to explore the possibilities of cooperation between Indian Industries , Civil Society and the Netherlands Government in water sector.
The IWF President chaired first session of “National Seminar on Increasing Water Efficiency in Agriculture Sector” organized by the CII in New Delhi on 19 February 2010. IWF President, as keynote speaker, presented a Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility and Civil Society at the National Seminar on Corporate Social
Responsibility as a Strtegic Tool for Corporate Success, jointly organized by Vision Foundation and Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India at New Delhi on 26-27 February 2010. IWF President made a presentation as Keynote Speaker at World Water Day Celebrations on 20 March 2010 at Nairobi (Kenya) jointly hosted by UNEP, UNHabitat, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), and the Government of Kenya.
Dr Arvind’s presentation dwelt on the theme of challenges and solutions specially water quality, with specific reference to India and the prospects of a Regional Water Hub located in India to tackle the water-related issues in South Asian region.
IWF President was invited as a Keynote Speaker at a National Seminar on “Water Management in Armed Forces”, organized by the three wings of the Armed Forces of India at New Delhi on 7 June 2010. Dr Arvind Kumar made a presentation on “Armed Forces and water Security”. IWF President participated in National Seminar on Water Resource Management in Mining Sector, hosted by CII at New Delhi on 2 July 2010. IWF President took part in National Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) held under the aegis of the CII in New Delhi on 19-20 August 2010. India Water Foundation was represented by its President at India International Water Seminar organized by ICC at New Delhi on 29-30 October 2010.
IWF President was invited as Guest of Honour and also contributed & presented a Paper at the Regional Workshop on Integrated Water resources Management organized jointly by the Central Ground Water Board, Government of India and the Government of Meghalaya at Shillong, Meghalaya on 1-2 November 2010. IWF President presented a Paper as Keynote Speaker at the “National Workshop on Climate Change and Its Impact on Water Resources-Adaptation Issues”, organized by Global Hydrological Solutions and Co-Sponsor by Ministry of Earth Sciences and Petroleum GOI, Sponsored by Ministry of Water Resource GOI at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, on 23-24 November2010.
IWF President took part in Global Eco-Business Forum’s Environmental technology Cooperation between India and Japan, held in New Delhi on 30 November 2010. IWF participated in 5th International Nitrogen Conference 2010, 3-7th December 2010, New Delhi IWF President was officially invited as Expert and civil society nominee to participate a talk with French environment delegation organized by UBIFRANCE
The French Agency for International Business Development along with other Ministry of Water Resource & Jal Board on 7th March, 2011 in the French Embassy to establish synergy between India and French Government.
IWF President invited as Panelist in technical session in 3rd National Ground Water Congress on March 22-23, 2011 New Delhi on the occasion of World Water Day 2011 also presented a paper on “Urban Water Use Efficiency in civil Society in India”. IWF President invited as Special invitee as Keynote Speaker and also presented paper on “ Water Resource Management in North East Region With Special Reference to floods: A Civil Society Prospective” in National Training Workshop on Water Resource Management in North East Region With Special Reference to Floods 4-5 April, 2011 at Shilong, Meghalaya organized by Centre for Flood Management Studies, National Institute of Hydrology, Dispur, Guwahati-781006.
Chief Guest of this conference Hon’ble Minister of Water Resource Shri Shalman Khurshid and Preside over by Chief Minister Meghalaya.
IWF as Special Invitee and Panelist in National Conference with Ministry of Food, organized by the Netherlands Embassy on 6-7 May 2011. IWF President Dr. Arvind Kumar had VIP invitation from Provincial Government and people of jilin Province China for Global economic Leadership Summit 2011 dated 4-6th September 2011 at Hotel Shangrila Changchun City, jilin Province China IWF President participated on special invitation from United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to the First International Environment Forum For Basin Organizations. The Forum is organized by UNEP in cooperation with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and in partnership with many relevant stakeholders.
it will be held from 26-28 October 2011 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand." The IWF was represented by its President at UNESCAP’s High Level Subregional Forum Meeting on Accelerating Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in South Asia held in New Delhi on 17-18 February 2012, new delhi. On 19th – 20th March 2012, IWF President was invited as a Keynote Speaker at the International Seminar on “Disaster and Environmental Management: A Global Perspective”, at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi (U.P.) and he also presented a paper there on “Environmental Challenges and National Security: AN Indian Perspective”.
IWF President made a Presentation on “Water Resource Management and Capacity Building: A Conceptual Approach”, at the India Water Week held under the aegis of Union Ministry of Water Resources at New Delhi on 12 April 2012.
On 15th May 2012, IWF President was invited as a panelist in panel discussion at the Inauguration of the IPCS non Traditional Security Programme Water conflicts in South Asia at IPCS Conference Room, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi. On 16-18 May 2012, IWF President participated as representative of India in the Regional Workshop on Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture held under the auspices of ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage)and WHO, UN Universities and UNEP at PUSA Institute, New Delhi.
IWF President was invited as Keynote Speaker and panelist in Panel discussion on one day workshop on “Wetland Inventory & Assessment status of Uttarakhand State and Release of Wetland Atlas” on 14th June 2012 organized by Uttarakhand Space Application Centre, Department of Science & Technology Govt. of Uttarakhand. Chief Guest Shri Surendra Singh Negi Hon’ble Uttarakhand Minister of Science & Technology and Dr. P S Gusain Secretary, Department of Science & Technology Uttarakhand preside over the conference and other major dignities, representative from centre state government departments, NGOs and Media person.
India Water Foundation participated in the consultation on "Issues of Governance in Water Sector" being organized by India Water Partnership and Transparency International India at India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi on 18th June, 2012. IWF President made a PPT presentation on “Coalition Building: From Periphery to Mainstream”, as panelist at the India Association Congress 2012 organized by India Association Congress on 24-25 August 2012 at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai.