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Management Development Program on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

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Water scarcity already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world's population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world's population, face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers) according to UN Water statistics, the available fresh water in India is 1545 cum / inhabitant / year. A country is said to be facing serious water crisis when available water is less than 1000 cubic metres per person per year. Below this point, the health, economic development of a nation is considerably hampered.

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is regarded as a process that will address this global issue of water scarcity. IWRM a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. 
The IWRM framework provides the opportunity to integrate the land and water related management aspects at the sub-basin and river basin levels. In view of these perspectives and prospects, V-LEAD is offering this customized course in IWRM. 
The course is intended to be a major part of IWRM awareness programs for improving the management of water resources and planning in advance for the problems that are likely to arise in competition for water as well as water pollution and other threats. The objective of the course is to train Engineers and other water related line Department officials on understanding of IWRMand the basics of water resources management. 

Programme Objectives: 

The objectives of the programme are to: 

  • To improve state capacity in the management of water resources by familiarizing the government staff at Basin and Sub Basin levels with the concepts and methods for IWRM and the related sustainable development and management of water resources; 
  • To increase knowledge of water resources management challenges in India with special emphasis on Karnataka and improve capacity to comprehend and analyse the problems and potential solutions. 

Target Audience:  

The Course is specifically designed for the Engineers of Irrigation/ Water Resources Department and Staff of Command Area Development Authority, Department of Agriculture. 

Duration of the Course: 

Two Weeks — Residential Course. 

Course Content: 

The present course intends to cover the basics of IWRM as indicated below: 

  • Introduction to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) 
    • Principles and methods 
    • River Basins as a key concept in IWRM 
  • Various Water Demands - Agricultural, Domestic, Industrial - Role and importance of each in IWRM 
  • Command Area Development Authority (CADA) and method for conserving / rationalising agricultural use of water 
  • Stakeholders in IWRM 
    • Engineers as managers of water 
    • Water uses and beneficiaries, role of agriculturists, Civic Bodies, Citizens and Industrialists 
    • Community participation & Participatory approach to IWRM 
  • Institutional frameworks in IWRM 
    • Water Management at different levels 
    • Information and Data about IWRM 
    • Water policy and Legislations 
    • Creating awareness about IWRM 

Training Pedagogy: 

Training will be a blend of lectures and hands on learning as follows: 

  1. Class room lectures 
  2. Case Studies/ Group Discussion/ Brainstorming 
  3. Presentations and Videos 
  4. Activities such as role play 
  5. Immersion visit to irrigation area (with an overview of the MASSCOTE approach) and reservoir to study water release plans 
  6. YOGA and Pranayama will be a part of the daily routine (Optional). 

Certification will be provided by V-LEAD after satisfactory completion of the Course. 

Resource Persons: 

The Faculty at V-LEAD are expert and experienced practitioners who bring in innovative and creative training methodologies. They have ample experience in the design and delivery of customized courses in Integrated Water Resources Management. 


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