CSE - NMCG Online Training on Urban Waterbodies Management: Issues, Challenges & Potential of Making Water Sensitive Cities


Increasing water demand - supply gap, flooding, depleting groundwater is common phenomenon in Ganga basin cities This has been attributed to rapid urbanisation and loss of waterbodies – ponds, lakes, floodplain and the catchment area.  Need is to restore, rejuvenate and protect water bodies (including catchment). This requires sensitisation of agencies and functionaries involved in urban planning and land development on issues, challenges as well as potential of water sensitive urban design and development (WSUDP) – in particular urban waterbodies management to improve liveability and enhance resilience in cities as well as improved river health/flow. 

This online training is a part of series of activities envisaged under 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 (NMCG) and is part of the series of its ongoing efforts 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 urban water-bodies management covering various aspects on the role of urban water bodies in the urban hydrology, potential in making water-sensitive cities and issues and challenges in management of urban water bodies. 


Capacity building of State/Municipal functionaries and other sector players on issues, challenges and potential of urban water bodies management and mainstreaming water sensitive urban design and planning.

Training Highlights

  • Overview of existing issues and challenges in the waterbodies (and its catchment) management in urban areas.
  • WSUDP - approach and its potential in urban water bodies management.  
  • Baseline survey and data collection – Step by step preparing for urban waterbodies management
  • Understand enabling institutional frameworks and regulations applicable for mainstreaming WSUDP and urban water bodies management
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) and case studies of successfully implemented projects and socio-economic effectiveness.

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Academic Director

Depinder Singh Kapur   
Water Programme, CSE
Email: dkapur@cseindia.org

Training Coordinator

Senior Research Associate
Water Programme
Phone: +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244)
Mobile: 8699770153
Email- shivani.y@cseindia.org


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Target Audience
  • Central / State / Municipal functionaries (decision makers / managers and regulators)
  • 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.
  • Accredited EIA, architecture and urban planning consultants
  • Researchers and academics interested in curriculum development in planning, architecture and civil engineering
  • Related sector professionals dealing with water, sanitation, flood, river, wetland or environment related matters in the city and its urbanizable areas
Training Fee
US$ 75 - Overseas participants
Rs. 3500/- Indian participants
Early bird entries (till September 15) and a group of more than three participants in each batch can avail a discount of 25 per cent. (Applicable for all participants)

Note - No training fees are applied to nominated government employees (All nominated officials are expected to attend all the sessions).
Benefits of Participation
  • Training participation/ completion certificate
  • One-year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after training completion
  • Top 5 scorers will get a 50% refund of their training fee and will be invited to AAETI, Nimli, Rajasthan with a fully funded fellowship for one of our upcoming training programs OR the knowledge conclave in January 2023.
  • Join a global network of practitioners of the School of Water and Waste