Water Woes: Understanding Urban Water Management and Sustainability

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Date:  November 12-15, 2019
Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute
Nimli, Rajasthan (301405)  

Water problems jeopardise the survival of millions of people globally. Recent water crises in states of India - Chennai, Bihar and Assam over this summer have been devastating. Considering these realities, water management was adopted as a major priority by the present central government recently. Their Jal Shakti Abhiyan campaign is devoted to water conservation and water resource augmentation, and is planning to launch a number of goals for access and supply later this year. Our cities in India and the global south are spiralling - climate is changing, making cities more prone to extreme rain events and floods while water scarcity and pollution continue to grow. Rapid and unregulated growth of towns and cities aggravates unsustainable water management. Ground water, lakes and rivers in India are exhaustively overdrawn (a study showing ground water sources 48% of urban water supply in India), yet no city in the country has adequate water supply. Fresh water sources are reducing due to rapid urban expansion. Cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated. Central Pollution Control Board indicates that 43,117 MLD (million litres per day) of untreated sewage flows into rivers across India.Additionally, 351 river stretches across the country are polluted due to discharge of both municipal and industrial waste water over the years.

Realizing the current water scenario and multiple successful Online Courses covering these themesand the demand for this knowledge, the School of Water and Waste, AAETI, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organizing a four day capacity building training programme on “Water Woes: Understanding Urban Water Management”. CSE has assists the 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 officials. The School of Water and Waste (SW&W) consequently is a capacity building initiative of CSE and 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.

About the training:
The training will focus on the various components of urban water management – issues and challenges with the current paradigm, institutional and governance gaps, natured-based solutions and various tools to achieve water wise cities. The goal is to provide a holistic perspective on today’s urban water scenario and emphasize the path towards a water secure future.

Tohelp practitioners learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in water provision, access and governance
  • Recognize the various external and internal stresses and shocks to water bodies in a city
  • Indicate the current problems with water infrastructure
  • Illustrate the increasing scope of a decentralised approach to water management
  • Demonstrate inequity in access and pricing of water in a city
  • Suggest scope for interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  • Identify tools and approaches for urban water management

Programme Design:

Day I: Water and Development – Understanding what works and what doesn’t

Day II:Making Water Everybody’s business–Valuing water as a resource 

Day III: Learning from Nature - Dying Wisdom and Nature based Solutions

Day IV: Introduction to Tools and Approaches to operationalize interventions

(More details to follow soon)

Target Audience:

  • Working professionals and decision makers from government and non-government institutions
  • Accredited EIA consultants
  • PMU assisting Govt. in mainstreaming water and sanitation measures
  • Recent graduates and environment enthusiasts
  • Other sector professionals with a desire to update their knowledge on the water scenarios

Course Coordinators

Ruhil Iyer
Sr. Research Associate 
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 257)
Email: ruhil.iyer@cseindia.org

Shivali Jainer
Programme Manager
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244)
Email: shivali@cseindia.org

Course Director

Dr Suresh Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Academic Director, School of Water & Waste, AAETI
Email: srohilla@cseindia.org


Course Fees:
  1. For Indian Participants:
    Rs. 23,000 (for double occupancy accommodation) 
    Rs. 30,000 (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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Alumni Feedback
Great experience, course was well designed all most all areas of urban water issues covered. Technological interventions and other topics were also introduced in this course. As a journalist I can use this material for so many articles. Thanks to the CSE Team!

B.N Jyoti Prasad, Principal Correspondent, Eenadu, Hyderabad
The study material, the video lectures and the live case studies are the stuff I liked most about the course. The best experiences were the online Quizzes - MCQs, I enjoyed a lot attempting them.

Ritu Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi
The best thing was the way this course was structured. First of all the present problem and various aspects where we are lagging or going wrong, then the steps to be taken both policy wise and on the technical grounds using new nature based solutions and various decentralized innovations and finally the ways to implementthese solutions. Thus this structure of analysis, finding solutions and then implementation is the best thing I find about this course. My experience with the Mount portal was a great one.

Vaibhav Sharma, Student, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh
The modules were well structured and clear. The module on Nature Based Solutions for Wastewater management was an eye opener. The tutors were always accessible to clear-up the doubts. The articles from Down to Earth and the posts by colleagues in the discussion forum were very much informative and induced me to learn more. The overall experience was really awesome, made me know the importance of decentralized water/wastewater management, NBS, Public Participation, etc., clearly.

Jaya Bharti S, Functional Area Associate, Environmental System Consultants and Ambiente Lab Solutions, Chennai.