For water security
Attaining water security is a primary concern of every Indian, today. The thirst for information is steadily intensifying. Recognising this, CSE has strengthened its efforts to share this information. Purpose: empowering the people with knowledge that will help them fight their own battles.
On december 12 - 13, CSE organised a training workshop to sensitise, motivate and empower Indian military engineers to undertake rainwater harvesting (RWH) on their vast tracts of land. The sessions for both the days were comprehensivley planned to meet the intellectual requirements of the personnel, whose area of operation includes the entire country spanning the various agro-climatic zones.
The event started with an orientation on CSEs water campaign. Followed by a glimpse into the rich traditional rainwater harvesting techniques from 14 agro climatic zones of India. CSE also invited four RWH experts with unprecedented practical experience. Dr MAKhan, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, concentrated on the water conservation practices in the arid zone. Chewang Norphel, Leh Nutrition Project, a Leh-based NGO in Jammu and Kashmir, showed the ways to construct zings (ponds collecting melted snow for irrigation). C S Pathak, Aga Khan Rural Support Program, an Ahmedabad-based NGO in Gujarat, discussed practices of semi arid regions. KPSomaiah from MYRADA, a Banglore-based NGO, focused on the RWH systems in Deccan Plateau, Western Ghats and South Coastal Plains.
On the second day, Waterworks India, a documentary produced by CSE, was screened leaving most of the participants spellbound. In the latter half, the group visited the RWH system at Jamia Hamdard University. A meeting with the university staff convinced them of the larger impact of this simple and cost effective technique. Participants were given a chance to design a RWH system for a new building in the complex. Later, they came up with a variety of practical designs.
At the end, while giving certificates, CSE suggested a tie
up with the defence forces to share and spread information on RWH. The deliberations are
ongoing. In February 2003, a workshop for hoteliers will be organised.
On November 30, Exnora, a Lucknow-based NGO, organised a seminar to discuss Lucknows degrading water scenario. Participants from CSE and different governmental departments like CGWB and Lucknow Development Authority talked about the ways of replenishing the dipping water table.
On November 30 December 1, Maurya Sheraton, Delhi, held its annual Hotel Enviro fest. CSE took part by setting up an exhibition focusing on urban water scenario. Amazing response.
Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies, Jabalpur, organised a two-day international water workshop on December 4 - 5. Experts from both India and abroad deliberated on emerging issues.
CSE participated in a seminar organised by Kheti Virasat, a local NGO, on December 8, to find answers to Punjab water crisis. Held in Chandigarh, it was attended by government officials, local NGOs and experts. CSE joined the initiatives of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry on December 10, to spread awareness on water. Sunita Narain, director of CSE, emphasised the potential of a low cost technique like RWH in arresting the current crisis unleashed by scarce rains. Other speakers included, Rajendra Singh, Tarun Bharat Sangh, an NGO, MSSwaminathan, the renowned agricultural scientist, Som Pal, ex-union minister for water resources. On December 17, CSE made a presentation at Sri Ram Schools eco-meet for the teachers in Vasant Vihar. Janhit Foun-dation, a local NGO organised a brain storming session to talk about the status and potential of urban RWH in Meerut. While sponsoring the event, CSE actively joined in along with CGWB, local government officials and NGOs. On December 23, to celebrate the inauguration of RWH system in Tihar jail, CSE organised an exhibition - generating a lot of interest. On December 30, DJB organised a seminar on RWH. CSE, IIT, CGWB, INTACH were among the main invites. While applauding DJBs effort to extend a support of Rs 50,000, participants raised doubts about its accessibility.
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