Online Training on Water Sensitive Urban Design & Planning - Approach, Challenges & Potential

Dates: September 07 – 20, 2021
Last Date to Apply : September 5, 2021
Course Duration: 16 hours (self-paced – 8 hours and virtual sessions – 8 hours)
Learning Platforms: Moodle and Zoom
Course Type: Online
Inaugural Session: 11.00am -11.45am IST on September 7, 2021

Participation by Invitation only.


Cities are confronted with significantly changing conditions due to rapid urbanization and inadequate infrastructure increasing water demand–supply gap, loss of impervious surfaces and overexploitation of aquifers and broken water cycle. These concerns are further aggravated due to increasing incidences of flooding that is attributed to increasing built environment as well as impact of climate change. All this impacts river health / flows.

Water-Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) is a new approach contributes to sustainability and liveability. It involves intervention at different scales – city, ward/neighbourhood or individual buildings. 

This online training is a part of series of activities envisaged under  newly launched 3-year duration CSE programme – ‘Capacity building initiative focusing on ‘Making Ganga basin cities water sensitive’. Under this initiative series of – webinars, workshops trainings (both online and residential), field exposure visits, knowledge conclaves aimed at engaging 1,300+ number state / municipal functionaries and other sector players. The programme is supported by National Mission Clean Ganga and is part of the series of ongoing efforts by NMCG aimed to ensuring convergence of Namami Gange Mission with national flagship urban missions (AMRUT, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, HRIDAY, NULM) and other missions (Atal Bhujal Yojana, Jal Jeewan Mission, Jal Shakti Mission) at state /city level across Ganga basin states.

About the training

The training will focus on Water-Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) approach which integrates the urban water cycle, water supply, wastewater and storm water and groundwater management.


Capacity building of State / Municipal functionaries and other sector players involved in city planning and urban infrastructure development.   

Training Highlights

  • Understanding of the concept and approach of Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP)
  • Potential and opportunities for connecting water, urban planning/development in the Ganga basin cities
  • WSUDP features at different scales of intervention
  • Key tools and approaches for plan, policy, programme and projects
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs), state of art knowledge in the area of WSUDP
  • Case studies of successfully implemented WSUDP projects
  • Community of practice in WSUDP sector

For more information on the training programme kindly contact:

Training Coordinators

Ms. Nupur Srivastava 
Programme Manager & Training Coordinator
Water Programme
Mobile: +91-7506843420

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla

Senior Director & Academic Director
School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute – AAETI



Press Release
Report on ‘water-sensitive design and planning in Uttar Pradesh’ released jointly by CSE and the National Mission for Clean Ganga
Inaugural Session Recording
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Target Audience
  • Central / State / Municipal functionaries (decision makers / managers and regulators): Planners (Urban/ Regional/ Environment), Engineers, Architects / Landscape Architects working in Town & Country Planning / Municipal Administration Department or State Urban Development Authorities
  • Engineers (Civil / Mech./ Envn.) or Planners working with Water Supply and Sewerage Boards / Jal Nigam or Jal Sansthan etc.
  • Any other functionaries dealing with:
    - AMRUT, Smart Cities Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban), Swachh Bharat Mission (U), Atal Bhujal Mission, Namami Gange.
    - Any other programme dealing with water, sanitation, flood, river, wetland or environment related matters in the city and its urbanizable areas.
Benefits of Participation
  • Course participation/completion certificate
  • One-year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after course completion
  • Join a global network of practitioners of the School of Water and Waste
  • No training fees (but all nominated officials are expected to attend all the sessions)
Inaugural Session Speaker
Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
Director General
External Experts for the training
Somnath Sen
Retd. Associate Professor at IIT Kharagpur
Vandana Menon
Independent Consultant,
New Delhi
P.Z. Thomas
Managing Director & EIA Coordinator,
M/s Environmental Engineers & Consultants Pvt Ltd
Chandrashekhar Shankar
Vision Earth Care (VEC)