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INDIA WATER WEEK-2019

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President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 6th India Water Week-2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

About India Water Week

  • It is being organised by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (Ministry of Jal Shakti).
  • It was conceptualized and organized for the first time in 2012.
  • The theme of the India Water Week-2019 is ‘Water Cooperation – Coping with 21st Century Challenges’.
  • It is a regular forum where the Ministry discusses, talks, strategizes with eminent stakeholders through seminars, exhibitions and sessions to build public awareness, to get support to implement key strategies for conservation, preservation and optimum use of available water.

 Need for Global Cooperation

  • To face the challenges concerning water effectively, cooperation between different stakeholders is critical.
  • Water issues are too multi-faceted and complex to be solved by only the government or just one nation.
  • All nations and their water communities have to come together to help build a water sustainable future for all.

Water-footprint

  • Like the way the global community is discussing about reducing carbon-footprint, it is time to discuss about water-footprint as well.
  • The water footprint measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use.
  • Farmers, corporate leaders and government bodies need to actively consider the “water-footprint’’ of different crops and industries.
  • There is a need for encouraging agricultural and industrial practices that have the least water-footprint.

Managing Water Resources

  • Managing and mapping ground-water resources is an important aspect of water governance.
  • The widespread use of boring machines has led to unregulated and excessive exploitation of ground-water.
  • We have to value our ground-water and be responsible.
  • We have to ensure that the precious rainwater does not get wasted.
  • We need to store and capture the rainwater by utilizing our existing reservoirs, dams, other water bodies and by adopting water harvesting measures in our homes and neighbourhoods.

Way Forward

  • While seeking solutions to address different water-related issues, we should not lose sight of our age-old methods of conserving water.
  • A blending of the traditional knowledge with modern technologies and techniques can help India to become a water secure nation.
  • All stakeholders should pledge to achieve water-related goals with robust cooperation among all states, public and private organisations and people.
[Source: PIB]

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