Residential Training on Rejuvenating our Lakes

Waterbodies – rivers, lakes, tanks, ponds etc. – have always been an inalienable part of many of our cities. A critical component of the human ecosystem, they have not only been a source of drinking water, but have also acted as sponges to recharge groundwater, supported biodiversity, provided livelihoods and performed the role of carbon sinks. Increasing, uncontrolled and unplanned urbanization is driving many of these waterbodies towards extinction. Their watersheds and catchment areas are being destroyed and encroached upon; they are getting clogged with mountains of sewage and solid waste; their natural flow of water is obstructed leading to floods and water-logging. Most waterbody rejuvenation programmes focus only on beautification – without exploring long-term solutions for reviving the waterbodies.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites applications for a specialised residential training programme that will focus on understanding the challenges of reviving and restoring waterbodies and devising ways and means to overcome those challenges. The training will aim at building capacity of state/municipal functionaries and other stakeholders on issues, challenges and potential of groundwater management. It will also focus on developing a sound understanding of groundwater context and typologies of India, and the challenges and significance of groundwater management in the urban context, specifically in the Ganga basin.

This residential training is a part of a three-year CSE sub-programme aimed at building capacity of cities in the Ganga basin and making them water-sensitive. Under this, a series of interactions – from webinars, workshops and trainings to field exposure visits, and knowledge conclaves – has been planned to engage with over 1,300 state and municipal functionaries and other stakeholders. The subprogramme is supported by NMCG and is a part of the efforts being made by the Mission for ensuring convergence of Namami Gange with other national missions like AMRUT 2.0, Smart Cities, SBM 2.0, HRIDAY, NULM, Atal Bhujal Yojana, Jal Jeevan Mission and Jal Shakti Mission.



Deputy Program Manager
Water Program
Phone: 9911339540

Training Directors

Depinder Singh Kapur
Director, Water Programme
Centre for Science and Environment, India



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Training Fees
» No training fee will be charged from nominated government employees.

» Foreign participants: US $350

» Indian participants: Rs 28,500. Early bird entries (till December 25, 2023) can avail a discount of 10 per cent

» Two or more participants from the same organisation can avail a discount of 20 per cent (applicable for all participants) on the total fees.

For nominated government officials – the travel cost to Delhi and back will be borne by the respective nominating department/authority/state
For others – the travel cost to Delhi and back will be borne by the participants.
The training fees includes the cost of training, boarding and lodging and field trip.
CSE will arrange the travel from CSE’s main office to training centre (AAETI, Neemli, Alwar, Rajasthan) and back.
The participants are expected to reach CSE main office (41, Institutional Area, Tughlakabad), by 12:00 noon on January 7, 2024. Participants reaching after this time have to bear the cost of reaching the training centre.
The participants can arrange for their return tickets from Delhi in the late evening on January 10, 2024.
AAETI is a green residential training campus of CSE. The accommodation and meals will be arranged at AAETI for the participants.
Participants should follow the AAETI rules during their period of training in the campus.
Who Will Benefit from the Training
• Architects, planners, engineers and other water and sanitation professionals working with consultancies, design firms, nonprofits, government departments and agencies, research institutions and academic centers.
• Central/state/municipal functionaries (decision makers/ managers and regulators)
• Engineers or planners working with water supply and sewerage boards/ Jal Nigams or Jal Sansthans
• Functionaries dealing with AMRUT, Smart Cities Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban), Swachh Bharat Mission (U), Atal Bhujal Mission, Namami Gange etc.
• 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 cities and their urbanisable areas