About the Workshop
Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, India Water Portal, RRA Network and Sambhaavnaa Institute for Public Policy are jointly organizing a workshop on understanding and addressing critical issues in the water sector in the country.
The workshop is designed for those who wish to work or are working on water-related issues, and want to deepen their knowledge about water. This includes activists in various sangathans, struggles and NGOs, academic researchers, environment lawyers, or media persons wishing to report on the subject.
Topics of discussion will include critical dimensions of the current water crisis India, equity and justice in water (caste, gender, and other related themes), water conflicts, emerging developments in water policy, law and regulation. Forward-looking initiatives both legal and institutional in the water sector, like the draft Water Framework Law, Model Groundwater Bill, and the Mihir Shah Committee report on Institutional Reforms will also be discussed.
Additionally, the workshop will explore select issues like dams, irrigation and hydropower, irrigation and food security, water pollution, privatisation and commodification in water, national inland waterways through case studies and field visits.
- What is water?
Understanding water in terms of the biophysical and socio-cultural dimensions as these have a bearing on the world view around water and more specifically on the polices, laws and institutions around water.
- Strings of Life and Livelihood – Groundwater in India
Institutions, practice and policies which are related to Quantity, Quality and Science and Water Conflicts in India: Nature, Challenges and Way outs. Conventional paradigm of water management and emerging alternative thinking will be discussed as well.
- Water and Equity
Water institutions and class, caste, patriarchy, gender, ethnicity, rural-urban; and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) – inclusive of institutions, practice and policies.
- Big development – Big Destruction
Large dams, mega hydropower projects, interlinking of rivers and inland waterways. Fieldwork will include a visit to micro hydropower project to cover topics like Run of River Approach, Water, Livelihood and Institutions.
- Identifying the elements of a new paradigm
Restructuring of Water Ministry; Techno-policies of Water Development; Prerequisite of data (information) for Water Governance, Emerging institutional framework in the water sector (Draft Water Framework Law, Model Groundwater Bill, Mihir Shah Committee Report on Institutional Reforms).
Who can attend?
Individuals working in the water domain independently or with a Government or Non-government organisations, students and researchers, environment lawyers, and media persons.
- Interested candidates can register via this page.
- Accepted participants will need to contribute an amount of Rs. 3500 for 4 days towards workshop expenses which include all onsite workshop costs: boarding, lodging, and all the materials used in the workshop.
Date & Venue
- Date: June 17 to 20, 2021
- Address: Sambhaavnaa Institute,
VPO – Kandbari, Tehsil – Palampur,
District – Kangra, 176061, Himachal Pradesh
Call: 8894227954 (between 10 AM and 5 PM)