CSE Knowledge sharing seminar in Dhaka on Water and Waste
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organising a knowledge sharing seminar in partnership with the Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 from 10:30am until 5:00pm (including lunch). The meeting will be held at Planners' Tower (Level-7), 13/A, Bir Uttam C.R. Datta (Sonargaon) Road.
The agenda of the meet is to share knowledge on river conservation, pollution monitoring and urban sewage treatment in India and Bangladesh. The discharge of untreated wastewater and the ensuing contamination of surface water bodies are rising steadily, as the gap between treatment infrastructure and sewage generation is increasing. This has a massive health cost in both countries.
We also want to focus on the massive water crisis that South Asian cities are facing and suggest possible solutions. Urban water bodies – marshlands, ponds, wetlands and lakes – play a vital role in ground water recharge, flood control and storm protection. We can explore ways to achieve groundwater security by protecting these water bodies, as well as scaling up city level rainwater harvesting.
Let us share our knowledge on these topics to better understand the past failures and current challenges in the two countries.
For more information contact: Sushmita Sengupta, Deputy Programme Manager Email: email@example.com
Amandeep Kang, Research Associate Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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