Two-part Webinar Series on 'Towards Water Sensitive Cities - Experience of Approach and Practices in Australia and India'

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About the Webinar Series

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in partnership with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) and Alluvium International (Alluvium) are organising a two-part webinar series on 'Towards Water Sensitive Cities - Approach and Practices in Australia and India'. The webinar series, sponsored by the Victorian Government, aims to increase awareness and advocate for the planning and design of water sensitive cities in India, and to share experiences from both countries.

Australia has been on a journey in transitioning to ‘Water Sensitive Cities’ over the last two decades. The Australian State of Victoria and its capital Melbourne are known internationally for its liveability which is underpinned by a world leading approach to delivering a water sensitive city. India is embarking on ambitious plans to transform its urban environments. A water sensitive approach can enhance liveability and other outcomes in cities across India.

CSE, CRCWSC and Alluvium have entered into a Knowledge Partnership in 2020 with the aim to share research and practical experience on Water Sensitive Cities between Australia and India. The CRCWSC and Alluvium are two lead contributing organisations in Australia which envision future cities and towns, and their regions, to be sustainable, resilient, liveable and water sensitive. The CRCWSC publication Transitioning to water sensitive cities - Insights from six Australian cities identifies the strategic priorities for Australian cities to achieve their Water Sensitive Cities visions. CSE-SWW has also recently published India’s first Practitioner’s Guide on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) in 2017, as part of its knowledge support to the Ministry of  Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India in the area of sustainable urban water management.

This two-part webinar series is the first to be offered under the Knowledge Partnership. It will cover the latest WSUDP and Water Sensitive Cities tools, techniques and approaches, and exemplar projects and programs from Australia and India. Key speakers from Australia will also present on cutting edge work on the application of Water Sensitive City approaches in India.

Webinar 1: Towards Water Sensitive Cities in Australia and India
The first webinar will give the opportunity to learn from the experience in Australia, with a particular focus on the State of Victoria – in terms of the research, policy and implementation over the last two decades – as well as recent advances in India.

Webinar 2: Recent adoption of “Water Sensitive Cities” approach in India
The second webinar will give the opportunity to learn in more detail exemplar projects and programs that have adopted water sensitive principles and technologies both in Australia and India.

Webinar Coordinator:

Tarika Gulati
Water and sustainability
Alluvium International

Webinar Director

Harry Virahsawmy

Urban Water Specialist



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Webinar 1 Recording
Webinar 1: Objectives and Agenda
Webinar 1: Proceedings
Webinar 2 Recording
Webinar 2: Objectives and Agenda
Webinar 2: Proceedings
Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director
(School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute - AAETI)
Dr Harry Virahsawmy
Urban Water Specialist
Malcolm Eadie
Commercial Manager
CRCWSC, Australia
Caroline Carvalho,
Principal Consultant,
Dan O Halloran,
Integrated Water Management Specialist,
Shivali Jainer,
Programme Manager,
Water Programme CSE