Chandigarh, March 13- An international workshop on “ Adaptation and mitigation options for tackling the impacts of climate change on water resources” is being jointly organised by the department of civil engineering ,itm university, Gurgaon and Water sciences division, UNESCO ,New Delhi during March 14-15,2011 at ITM university campus in Gurgaon.
The workshop will take stock of the various issues faced by water sector due to climate change.
The workshop will also deal with the science of climate change so that engineers and scientists can work on finding effective adaptation and mitigation solutions. Through concrete examples, the workshop will illustrate how to make the different adaptation and mitigation options to happen.Realising the need to respond to the stressed water resources systems for reducing the stress, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO’s intergovernmental scientific cooperative programme in hydrology and water resources, has started to implement a new six-year Phase(2008-2013), IHP-VII. The theme of IHP VII is Water Dependencies: Systems under Stress and Societal Responses .IHP can foster the cooperation needed to bring all players together, whether they are member states, research institutions, universities, UN agencies ,NGOs,or national and international associations.
ITM university has joined hands with UNESCO, New Delhi as part of their mission under IHP-VII, which will be to strengthen scientific understanding of the impacts from global changes on water systems and to link these findings to policies for promoting sustainable management of water resources.
The workshop will also be an important step in the preparation of a Guidance on climate change and water to be in line with National Action Plan on climate change. The workshop will come out with specific recommendations for making the adaptation and mitigation options happen especially through education at all levels and in particular at Post graduate and research level.
In this workshop, invited lectures will be given by delegates from outside India namely Nepal ,France, Netherlands, from India namely, the ministry of earth sciences, ministry of environment, ministry of water resources, ministry of Science and Technology,Central ground water board, IITs, IISC,DTU, private and public sector units working in the area of water resources, TERI university, Nirma university, itm university and UNESCO. Participants will be from all over India representing different organisations involved in climate change and water resources .