World Water Day 2017 Celebration - 27 March, India

India Water Partnership (IWP), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) jointly celebrated the World Water Day 2017 on 27 March 2017 at Water Technology Centre, IARI campus, PUSA, New Delhi, India.

The event brought together around 150 participants from the government, civil society and research organisations. The celebration focused on raising awareness about water conservation, both quantity and quality along with highlighting the symbiosis between water and wastewater for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water.

The event was inaugurated by Dr Amarjit Singh, I.A.S, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The other dignitaries present on the dais were, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General, ICAR; Dr R. Kaur, Director, Water Technology Centre, IARI; Dr A. K. Sikka, IWMI-India Representative; Dr J. S. Sandhu, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences) and Director, ICAR and Dr Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, IWP. The dignitaries addressed on emerging issues on water conservation and wastewater management. The inauguration ended with the ‘Vote of Thanks’ extended by Dr Khanduri.

The inaugural session was followed by a technical session on ‘Perspectives on Water and Wastewater Synergy’. Presenters discussed about Water and Wastewater Synergies, Wastewater Management and Use in Agriculture – IARI Experiences, Water and Wastewater Management: Challenges and Perspective and Groundwater – Quantity and Quality for Sustainable Development. A brainstorming session on ‘Clean Water: Absolute Right or Duty’ was held at the second half of the day.