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Freshwater is a renewable, yet finite and a critical natural resource. Water emanates from rain and snowfall and is connected inextricably with the society’s existence and needs. Fortunately, the supply side is more or less constant. But, the demands for both consumptive (mainly agriculture, forestry, biomass related) and non-consumptive (drinking, domestic, industry, energy) usage is growing in India at a rapid pace as there is a spurt in economic activity, urbanization, industrialization and population growth. We are aware that all goods and services that we use carry a water foot-print, in the form of physically built-in quantum, or processes requiring its deployment. The range of water uses touches one way or the other all the aspects of living.
Still, each water use unfortunately receives a fragmented treatment often in isolation and in a sub-optimal manner. Water planners and science and technology communities dealing with the subject at a macro level are aware of this deficiency but are unable to provide a complete solution to the situation. This is because of the vast expanse of the subject and fragmentation at operational and user stakeholder level. Often, and perhaps rightly so, the socio-economic - political facets of Water Governance are considered as the causative factors for this disparity in the status.
Yet, the GIST Convention 2010 consciously steers clear of these factors to restrict its scope to a manageable time span of two days. It hopes to recapitulate, compile, capture and lay down in a holistic and integrated manner, the present status and thinking for future in “Science, Technology and Engineering” of important issues on Water Supply and its usage. The Convention would then encourage the participants to provide a realistic and firm springboard and enable them to take on the causative factors appropriately in the future.
A little probe by the Scientific Program Committee in the water resources sector indicated that a lot of people believed in myths, misgivings or pseudo-science concepts about some popular aspects of water supply and usage. These aspects include hydrology, impacts of Climate Change, ill-effects of size of and safety of infrastructure, the magic-wand of Rain Water Harvesting, watershed development, unwillingness to learn from the so called traditional but dying wisdom, spiritual heritage of rivers, and so on. Such understanding made the organizers opt for the presently adopted scope for this Convention.
It is hoped that through the articulation facilitated by the eminent theme speakers and response papers for five sessions covering key areas of hydrology and climate change impacts, agriculture, drinking water for domestic or industrial use, water used in the energy sector and water for environment, the Convention will be able to identify thrust areas and take them to public at large in the second GIST Convention for deliberation.
Intended For: Scientists,Researchers,phd. Students,CEOs,CMOs,Government Secretaries,Policy Makers,NGOs,Industry Experts,Geologists,Hydrologists,Civil Engineers,Irrigation Department Heads,Water Purification Technocrats