Training Programme on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning

Date: August 6-9, 2019

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Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI)                   
Nimli, Rajasthan (301405)     

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in collaboration with Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) is organizing a four day training programme on “Water Sensitive Design and Planning”.

The CRCWSC is an Australian research centre, which envisions future cities and towns, and their regions, to be sustainable, resilient, productive, and liveable and water sensitive. The centre brings together many disciplines, world-renowned subject matter experts, and industry thought leaders who want to revolutionise urban water management in Australia and overseas.

CSE is public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi, India. The Centre researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable. CSE also assists Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India as a Centre of Excellence in the area of sustainable urban water management aimed at mainstreaming reforms and capacity building of state/city official and published - A Practitioner’s Guide on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning.

The School of Water and Waste (SW&W)is a capacity building initiative of CSE aims to establish policy principles, innovative technologies, and implementation strategies for city wide water and sanitation management, which will lay the foundations for a water and waste-prudent society.
Water problems jeopardise the survival of millions of people globally. Rapid and unregulated growth of towns and cities is a key reason for unsustainable water management. Recent report by NITIAayog projected over 20 cities to have severe water shortage in coming few years.

The current water model primarily focuses on supply side management and emphasize on the energy as well as resource intensive centralised urban water management. The increasing demand–supply gap and deteriorating environmental conditions are increasing the need for environment friendly alternatives. The existing 8000 town/cities (including target cities under AMRUT and Smart Cities Mission) and new developments – townships (including proposed Capital city of Amraravati in Andhra Pradesh).

It is important to take up the challenge in controlling and judiciously using natural resources to reduce our ecological footprint. This can be done by using water-sensitive urban design and planning (WSUDP) approach which integrates the urban water cycle, water supply, wastewater, stormwater and groundwater management. This approach contributes to sustainability and liveability, particularly when considered part of an overall urban strategy.

Recognising the importance of WSUDP at different scales, SW&W, CSE in collaboration with CRCWSC is organizing a four day training programme on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning” (WSUDP).

About the training 
The training will focus on the components of WSUDP – designing Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) systems, Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) and wastewater treatment, recycle and reuse using Decentralized Waste Water Treatment systems (DWWTs) at various scales.

The aim of the training is to mainstream decentralised WSUDP through capacity building of practitioners involved in planning and management of urban infrastructure.  


  • Developing community of practice in WSUDP sector
  • Exposure and use of key tools like ‘Water Sensitive Cities Index’ , ‘Urban Water Sustainability Framework’ and approaches for existing and upcoming policies, programmes and projects
  • To generate awareness about BMPs, state of art knowledge in the area of WSUDP

Program Design: August 6-9, 2019
The training programme will follow a mix method approach involving lectures, in-class exercises, interactive discussions and audio-video training support to benchmark a city’s current performance against seven goals of a water sensitive city.
The participants will get the opportunity to plan and design water sensitive urban systems including RWH and DWWTsas part of ‘Do It Yourself ‘- group exercise.

Day 1: Concepts of WSUDP
This module will focus on the essential elements of WSUDP with reference to latest innovations and guidance documents. Measures to reduce water consumption would be discussed. There would be dedicated sessions providing overview of the aim, benefits and the components of WSUDP for any new developments and redevelopments

Day 2 and 3:SUDS, RWH and local reuse of treated wastewater
This module will start with introduction to diverse interventions and new urban design processes aligned to storm water management at different scales. This will be followed by urban RWH and the potential it holds in augmentation of water resources by using public spaces to recharge local groundwater resources and local storage. This will also focus on the wastewater component of WSUDP and local reuse of treated wastewater using decentralized wastewater treatment (DWWT) systems. This module will impart skills on planning anddesigning of water sensitive structures, their techno-economic feasibility, operation and maintenance measures etc.

Day 4: Hands-on exercises for planning and designing
This module will focus on imparting hands-on skills for planning and designing of WSUDP structures. This will showcase examples of best management practices (BMPs) and provide platform for do-it-yourself exercises in groups for planning and designing with case examples at various scale.

Course Coordinators:

Shivali Jainer
Deputy Programme Manager, Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244)

Dhruv Pasricha
Senior Research Associate, Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 322)

Training Director

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


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CSE and CRCWSC Master Trainers
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Alumni Feedback
“The Accommodations was very good. The food was In the variety, hygienic and delicious. Over all the training was very good. “
N K Ramesh
Deputy Planner,CMDA
“Involvement of course facilitators & also the supporting staff (who were very polite and humble) was outstanding.”
Aakanksha Agrawal
Deputy Architect, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), New Delhi
“Yes, the concepts of rain water harvesting and wastewater treatment were well covered.”
Suresh Kumar Panda
Student, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry
“The training programme was very brain storming and have learnt a lot from the programme especially in WSUDP.”
Sandeep Sharma
Assistant Professor, Architecture, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur
Target Groups
Architects, planners, engineers and other water and sanitation professionals working with consultancies, design firms, non-profits, government departments & agencies, research institutions and academic centres.

Course Fees:
  1. For Indian Participants:
    Rs. 20,400 (for double occupancy accommodation) 
    Rs. 26,400 (for single occupancy accommodation) 
  2. For international participants:
    590 USD (for double occupancy accommodation) 
    760 USD (for single occupancy accommodation) 
Limited full and part fellowships available

Full Fellowship includes travel, boarding & lodging costs and training kit & fees costs. Accommodation on double sharing basis and group pick-up & drop for local travel from pre-defined locations.

Part Fellowship doesn't include to & fro Delhi travel (from your respective location) costs. However, it covers all other costs mentioned above.

Special Offers

- 15% off for group participation (2 or more) from the same organization
- 30% off for college students
- 30% off for full-time working representatives from registered NGOs

How to Apply:
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