The India Pavilion today witnessed two major side events on Climate Change Adaptability - organised by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) and The Ministry of Agriculture.
The opening session : “Climate Change Adaptation - Preserving Water Resources” was moderated by Dr.M.Satyanarayana, Advisor, , MoWR, RD & GR. He introduced the topic and briefly outlined the water resources scenario in India and made a presentation on the National Water Mission. He highlighted the initiatives taken by National Water Mission, established by the Government of India under the National Action Plan on Climate Change formulated by the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change for adaptation and mitigation of impact of climate change on water resources in particular and elaborated on various goals of the NWM and emphasized the achievements of the Mission in the sphere of integrated water resource management and development.
Dr.Ariz Ahammed Mahammed, Member (Finance), Central Ground Water Board and Mission Director, NWM explained various traditional forms of water conservation as a strategy for climate change adaptation and gave details of Aquifer Mapping of Ground Water Resources. Later, Mr. Sanjay Kundu, Joint Secretary (Policy and Planning), MoWR, RD & GR, highlighted various initiatives taken under the National Mission for Clean Ganga for maintaining ecological flows, ensuring water quality, infrastructure development such as establishment of effluent treatment plants and sewage treatment plants etc. He further elaborated on the role of people’s participation in the Namami Gange programme and informed that the MoWR, RD & GR is working in partnership with various central ministries, state governments and national and international organizations in this gigantic task.
Dr.Sharad Jain, Scientist, National Institute of Hydrology informed that the Indian National Committee on Climate Change has initiated a number of studies for assessing the impact of climate change on water sector by downscaling the global circulation models to region models basin-wise.
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