Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

Call for European experts to support the development of a pilot River Basin Management Plan in India

New Delhi, 18/12/2017 - 11:31, UNIQUE ID: 171218_4
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The India-EU Water Partnership was undersigned as a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 October 2016, with the Objective to strengthen technological, scientific and management capabilities of India and the EU in the field of water management on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit. Within the 9 priority areas for cooperation, Priority Area 1 aims to set up a pilot River Basin Management Plan for the Tapi basin. Previous IEWP scoping workshops on this topic had already taken place in 2016 and 2017 on governance, water allocation and conflict management.

In the past years, India has significantly progressed in this area, and developed the Ganga River Basin Management Plan by the consortium of seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) (Kanpur,Delhi,Madras,Bombay,Kharagpur,Guwahati and Roorkee), and the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is planning to develop RBMPs for the Krishna, Mahanadi and Godavari basins.

The pilot River Basin Management Plan will address surface and groundwater, and water quantity and quality in an integrated way, and includes the followings steps:

  • Identification of and contacts with competent authorities and stakeholder
  • Identification of and agreement on Key Water Management Issues (KWMI)
  • Assessment of KWMI, data gathering (complementary to those available at India-WRIS) and modelling of future scenarios
  • Setting of objectives and a programme of measures

As first step, the Partnership is currently planning for a workshop (tentatively end February 2018), with the objective to agree with different basin State authorities on the Key Water Management Issues (KWMIs) and share the available information on them, for the further planning steps. Within this workshop, it is expected that water management challenges and conflicts are identified and clarified.

The IEWP is looking for the involvement of European institutions and experts in this workshop, its preparation and follow-up. This involvement can be for different roles and responsibilities, including:

  • Participant at the workshop
  • Presenter at the workshop, e.g. on specific European experience on identification of Significant Water Management Issues (SWMI) under the Water Framework Directive, and the management of conflicts
  • Technical co-lead for preparing the agenda jointly with the IEWP teams, leading discussions or break-out groups and developing conclusions and next steps
  • Moderator or rapporteur for any of the sessions or break-out groups
  • Informed expert, meaning that the IEWP should keep the expert (you) updated on the development and results of the workshop, and further actions to be taken within the IEWP on RBMPs in India.

Any of these roles might require different preparation, availability and effort to be properly addressed. If you are interested in supporting the development of RBMPs in India, and in particular any of such roles and responsibilities for the upcoming workshop, please approach the IEWP by 15 January 2018 and send us information which describes briefly your:

  1. Expertise in developing RBMPs, and in particular the identification of KWMI and on water management conflicts
  2. Interest in this activity, including your institution’s interest
  3. Previous and planned related activities in India or similar geographic areas
  4. Roles and responsibilities, you are interested in (see list above)
  5. Costs or required remuneration related to your involvement you would expect to be covered by the IEWP, related to the selected roles and responsibilities of interest, as well as complementary information about costs you might cover from other sources

If you have any questions or doubts, please feel free to contact us. The IEWP will assess the proposals by interested European technical experts and institutions, and provide feedback and share available additional information in January 2018.

A first assessment of the Tapi river basin has led to the preliminary identification of the following possible KWMIs:

  1. Urban water supply (to be further clarified, aspects such as reliability of supply, water quality)
  2. Agricultural water supply (to be further clarified)
  3. Industrial water supply (to be further clarified)
  4. Groundwater decline (magnitude and trends to be further clarified)
  5. Floods, related to the dam operations and possibly urban, industrial and/or agricultural assets
  6. Industrial point source water pollution (surface and groundwater, textile industry, mining operations and others)
  7. Urban point source and maybe diffuse pollution
  8. Erosion on agricultural land with wide extension
  9. Ecosystems (to be further clarified)
  10. Knowledge and data should be adapted to the basin level