India’s first international conference on Sustainable Water Management


The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Acharya Devvrat delivered the inaugural address at the first International Conference being organized under the aegis of National Hydrology Project, Union Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR), River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (RDGR) by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) on the theme ‘Sustainable Water Management’ during December 10-11, 2018 at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali. He also inaugurated an exhibition on the occasion where 20 companies put up their stalls to showcase their activities in sustainable water resources management.
This Conference was the first in the series, organized in India under the aegis of ongoing National Hydrology Project. BBMB is implementing the NHP with the financial assistance from the MOWR, RDGR. The Conference saw the convergence of renowned water resources experts in academia, industry, utilities & research institutions in the various interrelated disciplines from within India and around the world to discuss, brainstorm and deliberate on various aspects of sustainable water management. They included meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own water needs, reflect upon and share path-breaking ideas, growing pressure on water resources due to population growth, economic expansion, urbanization, pollution, and other challenges which have a major impact on our social, economic and environmental well-being.
Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation said that the aim of the Conference was to foster the participation of and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments, the scientific and academic communities, to promote sustainable policies for water management, to create awareness of water-related problems, motivate commitment at the highest level for their solution and thus promoting better management of water resources at local, regional, national and international levels.
As many as 15 technical sessions were held on various topics on the theme and over 400 delegates attended the two-day conference. Several Experts & Delegates from reputed organisations from both within India and from other countries like Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka etc. participated in the event to deliver their experience and expertise in the use of state-of-the-art technology to the stakeholders for sustainable development of water resources.

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