Bangalore Water Summit brainstorms on sustenance

February 1, 2012
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Speaking at the summit on the issues in water management in an urbanizing world, Dr Glen T Daigger, President, International Water Association said,” We have enough water to sustain ourselves however, water management is the key.

“We need to think about water differently, act differently and that first starts in our mind. We need to clearly articulate what water gives us. It’s the means to the ends and not the end by itself.”

“Water is health and water lubricates the economy. It helps in improving peoples lives and removing poverty. One more important aspect which is equally important is sanitation,” he said.

He also spoke about the major components of integrated urban water and resource management system which include important aspects like water conservation, distributed stormwater management, distributed water treatment, water reclamation and recycling, heat recovery, organic management for energy production, nutrient recovery and source separation.

Dr K. E. Seetharam, Visiting Prof Director, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore in his keynote address on key issues in water management in an urbanizing world stated that Asian countries (including India) face huge challenges, in areas such as education, health, water and sanitation, and poverty.

“The indicators, such as MDG (Millennium Development Goals) targets show that many Asian countries are still way behind several developed countries, though many have made significant progress in the last decad,” he said.

“Specifically, lack of basic infrastructure for public services is pressing concern, which in turn affects education and public health. Most importantly, governance is a serious problem in many Asian countries,” he said.

Speaking on water governance he further stated that, “A new paradigm of “business unusual” is needed that can solve the region’s water and wastewater problems in a cost-effective and equitable manner.

“This will require a new form of partnership—GCS— different from the earlier models, with three distinct partners: Government, Corporate (public or private), and Society.”

Speaking on water conflicts and water law Prof M K Ramesh, NLSIU, Bangalore said that the way forward to address this pertinent issue is a five pronged-one.

The strategy included centralization by moving water to concurrent list, making water governance as subset of environmental governance, means of privatization, treating water and all other resources as commons and finally adopting the ideas from Rajasthan model, he said.

Being organised in Bangalore til Feb 3, the summit aims to bring together world-leading water innovators, investors, thinkers, catalysts, technocrats, policy makers, entrepreneurs, academicians and researchers for a meaningful and interactive dialogue on the future of innovation in the water sector.

Networking, idea development and panel discussions ensured that participants from multiple perspectives leave the conference with new ideas, investment opportunities and information.

The conference is organized by Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) Bangalore, and Triple Tree Exhibitions Sports and is supported by Bangalore Water Supply Sewerage Board (BWSSB), Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB), Indian Water Works Association (IWWA) Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. Of India, Karnataka Water Board, International Water Association, among others.

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