Knowledge conclave cum workshop on Nature Based Solutions (NBS) for Water Security

Venue: AAETI, Nimli, Rajasthan
Date of travel: 27-30 November, 2018 

School of Water and Waste, CSE, organised a workshop on "Nature-Based Solutions for Water Security" from 27-30 November at AAETI, Nimli, Rajasthan. It was organised in collaboration with the International Water Security Network (IWSN). Eminent speakers representing renowned institutions including University of the West of England, University of Arizona (USA), Institute of Natural Resources (South Africa) El Colegio de Sonora (Mexico), United Arab Emirates University (UAE) University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (Vietnam),Ahmedabad University, WaterHarvest, MNIT, ATREE, Biomes Solutions participated in the conclave.The objective of this conclave was to articulate research and dissemination activities on NBS appropriate particularly to Indian, South and East Asian contexts from multi-disciplinary perspectives. 


Day 1 began with a meet and greet at CSE's IHC office. Deputy DG of CSE, Chandra Bhushan, met workshop delegates and introduced the founding principles and work profile of CSE. The conclave began with lively exchanges between a group working on diverse aspects in water and sanitation - from remote sensing to a virtual museum of water to waste water treatment technologies. Following this our delegates were taken to site visits at Lodhi Garden and Nizamuddin East. At the former, they were shown the soil biotechnology plant which treats wastewater to be reused for gardening purposes. At Nizamuddin East, they saw an example of community-led rainwater harvesting system. The day ended with CSE’s DG, SunitaNarain emphasising the importance of traditional local knowledge existing in our communities and how similar problems prevail across different geographies globally. 

On Day 2, delegates were taken to AAETI, Nimli for further sessions. They were given a tour of the residential campus, its green features and the faecal sludge testing lab. Day 2 and Day 3 saw a range of sessions by our delegates. There were presentations, discussions, and group works on some pressing water security concerns through regional country-specific/ regional examples including trans-boundary issues, resilience, obstacles to community engagement, importance of an inter-disciplinary approach to tackle water management problems, local water wisdom, paradigm shifts in defining water security, virtual museum of water, application of tools such as remote sensing and GIS for achieving water security. Trek and yoga sessions were conducted on both days in the morning. A site visit cum dinner was arranged at Tijara fort on the second day.

The knowledge conclave saw the School serving as a platform for global knowledge exchange and dissemination, with a high potential for future collaborations.

List of Participants (pdf)


For further information, please contact: 

Rudresh Kumar Sugam
Senior Programme Manager
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 389)

Deputy Programme Manager
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Academic Director, School of Water & Waste, AAETI



List of Participants
Day 1
Techno-medical aspects of Water quality issues of Rajasthaninterventions at MNIT

By: Dr. A. B. Gupta, PCE, MNIT Jaipur

A five year (2013-2018) programme funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation

By: International Water Security Network

Reintegrating nature-based solutions into water resource management

By: Dr Mark Everard

Visualising Fluid Heritage: The Role of Water ‘Museums’ in Addressing Water Security

By: Sara Ahmed, PhD Adjunct Professor, Ahmedabad University

How have integrationist frameworks altered the discourse and practice of water management?

By: Christopher A. Scott

Water Security ... and Its Evolution as a Framing Concept

By: Robert G. Varady, Christopher A. Scott, Chad Staddon, Andrea Gerlak,, Adriana Zuniga, and TameeAlbrecht

Day 2
Session II

By: Tamee R. Albrecht

Scientists: Agents of Change

By: Duncan Hay

Equity in Green Infrastructure: A Case Study in Tucson, AZ

By: Andrea K. Gerlak and Adriana Zuniga

“The Use of Bio-waste Materials for Wastewater Treatment”

By: Dr. Mohamed Hamouda

Is there a place for nature-based solutions in "hard-pathdominant" northern Mexico?

By: Nicolas Pineda

Day 2
Session III
Nature-based solutions for increased urban resilience

By: Anil Kashyap

Remote sensing & Modeling of Water related disasters/issues in Vietnam

By:Thanh Ngo-Duc

Wise water solutions

By: O P Sharma

Nature Based Solutions

By: S. Vishwanath

Bangalore’s Lake System: Blueprint for a circular water economy?

By: Veena Srinivasan

Introduction to water management through NatureBased Solutions (NBS) in China

By: Prof. Dr. Zifu Li