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

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Course Duration: 16 hours (self-paced – 8 hours and virtual sessions – 8 hours)
Learning Platforms: Moodle and Zoom
Course Type: Online

Participation by Invitation only.


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 second 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.


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.

Training Coordinators

Dr Amrita Anand
Programme Coordinator
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 312)

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Academic Director, 
School of Water & Waste, AAETI




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Target Audience
  • Central / State / Municipal functionaries (decision makers / managers and regulators): Planners (Urban/ Regional/ Environment), Engineers, Architects / Landscape Architects working in Town & Country Planning / Municipal Administration Department or State Urban Development Authorities
  • 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.
    - Any other programme dealing with water, sanitation, flood, river, wetland or environment related matters in the city and its urbanizable areas.
Benefits of Participation
  • Course participation/completion certificate
  • One-year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after course completion
  • Join a global network of practitioners of the School of Water and Waste
  • No training fees (but all nominated officials are expected to attend all the sessions)
External Experts for the training
Mr Manu Bhatnagar
Principal Director,
Natural Heritage Division,
New Delhi
Dr Mohit Ray
Environmental Consultant and activist
Dr Ritesh Kumar
Wetlands International,
South Asia
Dr Veena Srinivasan
Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation,
K.S Jayachandran
Special Secretary (Environment & Forests) Government of NCT Delhi