The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has designated Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) as a "Centre of Excellence" (CoE) for sustainable water management, under the "Capacity Building of Urban Local Bodies" (CBULB) scheme.
During 2014-15/16, the centre will further develop its portfolio on sustainable urban water management through intensive research and capacity building programmes. The CoE will be conducting residential training programmes, seminar / workshops, exposure visits and research for mainstreaming best management practices aimed at sustainable urban water management in urban local bodies under the following new key themes: (1) Septage Management (2) Urban Lake Management (3) Water Sensitive Design and Planning (4) Green Infrastructure and (5) Water Efficiency and Conservation.
Work on previous initiatives of rainwater harvesting, decentralized wastewater management and energy and resource efficiency will continue. Since 2009, various training programmes have been delivered to diverse target groups to build their capacity in this area. The centre has also researched and submitted various reports related to the subject to the MoUD.
The CoE will continue to function as a knowledge centre, disseminating information (reports, case studies, training programmes etc) through its interactive website, which is updated on a regular basis. Technical advice to practitioners (municipal bodies, private stakeholders) on pilot/model projects will be provided. In addition, dedicated support services will also be available for advice and answering queries on the subject.