The training programme on urban lake management started with the inauguration session at the School Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi, with an address by SanjukktaBhaduri, Dean-Research,SPA. The other speakers of the day were Suresh Rohilla and MeenakshiDhote, HOD-Environmental Planning, SPA. The training moved to AAETI on 15th October. A pre-assessment quiz was conducted which was followed by a detailed session on the overview by CSE of the concepts and science of urban lakes.Taking the concepts forward, RidhiSaluja from the Wetlands and International South Asia, talked about water security and wetlands. This session focused on the significance of lakes in urban area, conventional and contemporary approaches for wetland management, stakeholder analysis and the limited public policy response towards it. She also showcased some of the case studies on urban vulnerability, long term implications, landscape alteration and water quality of wetlands.
This session was followed by documentaries on the restoration of the NeelaHauzlakein Delhi using natural processes, and the sponge cities concept from China. A skype-based presentation on the success story of Jakkurlake in Bengaluru by Vishwanathfollowed. He talked about the crucial role of different stakeholders (communities in particular) in the process of lake rejuvenation and management.The day was concluded with a brief presentation of green and sustainable features of AAETI with a tour of the campus.