An important step in this process was the participation of GWP and GWP India in the first-ever India Water Week in 2012, where GWP India organised a high level seminar. This side event enabled academics, policy-makers, researchers, NGOs and government institutions to discuss how the policy addresses the impact of climate change on water and food security in India.
For several years, GWP India has been creating awareness of the draft national water policy, circulated it to partners, organised discussions to obtain feedback, and contributed its technical expertise. More than 20 partners provided suggestions that GWP India forwarded to the Ministry of Water Resources for consideration while finalising the national water policy. The Chair of GWP India, one former Board member, and a Regional Council member of GWP India were members of the Drafting Committee of the new policy.