DWIH Symposium: WaterScapes 05 October to 06 October 2017 India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Thursday, October 29, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Concept note for “DWIH Annual Symposium: WaterScapes ”

Under the auspices of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH, New Delhi), together with prominent institutions from India and Germany, will organize its annual flagship symposium ‘WaterScapes’ at the India Habitat Centre, between October 5 and 6, 2017.


Climate change, urbanization, industry advancement and associated pollution, and growing world population are constantly raising the demand for water resources. Water scarcity has increasingly received attention as being a severe threat to human well-being and to the safety of the planet, in general. The complexity of these challenges goes beyond the analytical framework of any one single method or discipline. There is an urgency for a holistic, integrated, trans- and interdisciplinary approach to water resource management in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, which will closely link the natural and engineering sciences with the social sciences and humanities. There is an urge for the development of innovative technologies, strategic processes and system solutions for a sustainable management of water resources.


In India and in Germany, scholars and practitioners stress the need for a new paradigm in water management and governance, the overarching goal in the water domain being water security. The paradigm should include both top-down as well as bottom-up participatory approaches. There is a greater need to engage citizens in planning, designing, and monitoring water management by, for example, involving them in implementation processes of decentralised options for water management.


The DWIH flagship annual symposium ‘WaterScapes’ aims at bringing together eminent scholars, leading experts and practitioners from Germany and India. In a knowledge transfer environment that bridges science, policy and practice, the participants will present their work, initiatives and ideas, exchange their views and approaches, and jointly seek for commonalities and innovative solutions (e.g., transforming hazards into opportunities) to secure a sustainable and efficient water resource management. Moreover, the symposium, will aim at promoting the awareness and disseminating the information on the water sector trends, ground-breaking research and mobilizing efforts of all parties at all levels involved in the water problems solution in Germany and in India.


The DWIH flagship annual symposium ‘WaterScapes’ will be organized around four broad themes:


Hydro Hazards (e.g., floods, water scarcity, water pollution, climate change leading to irregular rainfall patterns, the degradation of aquatic ecosystems, rain fed agriculture, irrigated agriculture and watershed management, etc.)


Urbanisation and water resource management (e.g., waste water treatment, recycling and reuse, supply of safe and clean drinking water, drainage systems, water stress, contamination of ground and surface water, water usage efficiency, sanitation, stakeholder engagement etc.)


Integrated River Basin Management (i.e., balance between economics and ecology, river basin organisations/authorities, ecological restoration and conservation of aquatic biodiversity, etc.)


Water Security and Governance (e.g. trans-regional water sharing, water system governance, water diplomacy, multi-level stakeholder dialogues and negotiations)

DWIH Annual Symposium: WaterScapes

5th October to 6th October 2017


Thursday, 5 October 2016

09:30 h – 10:00 h


10:00 h – 11:00 h


Welcome Address, Ms Heike Mock, Director, DWIH New Delhi

Inaugural Address, Dr Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy New Delhi

Key Note Address, Prof Dr Brigitta Schütt, Vice President, Freie Universität Berlin

11:00 h – 11:30 h


11:30 h – 13:00 h


Dr Matthias Hartwig, Max Planck Institute

Ms Lydia Powell, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

Dr Sharachchandra Lele, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

Chair: Prof Dr Sudhir Chella Rajan, IIT Madras

13:00 h – 14:00 h


14:00 h – 15:30 h


Prof Dr Jörg Drewes, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Prof Dr Dr Harrie-Jan Hendricks-Franssen, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Prof Dr Michael Schneider, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof Dr Mohan Kumar, IISC Bangalore

Chair: Prof Dr Karl Schneider, University of Cologne

15:30 h – 16:00 h


16:00 h – 17:30 h


Dr Marius Mohr, Fraunhofer IGB

Mr Anshuman, Water Resources Division - The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Mr Adi Bhujle, Sovereign Tech Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. & Indian Representative, German Water Partnership

Mr Manish Gandhi, Ion Exchange India Ltd.

Chair: Ms Anandi Iyer, Fraunhofer Office India

Registration Closed.

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