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11th APWF webinar, 30th June (Wed) 2021 (1PM-2PM (India time) / 4:30PM-5:30PM (Japan time))
Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible

The rapid depletion of groundwater aquifer in Asia by intensive economic activities and explosive population growth causes downturns in water availability, water quality, and biodiversity, along with a weakened resilience to natural disasters. Solving these issues requires examining the complex and dynamic socio-water challenges at scale and planning and implementing regulatory, economic instruments and cross-sectoral coordination between the sectors, making use of the best available science and technologies, including aquifer mapping.

This webinar will discuss the pathways toward sustainable, inclusive, and resilient groundwater management in Asia and the Pacific. It will primarily look at India's national policies and practices at community levels, considering India is the world's largest user of groundwater. Groundwater depletion in India results from water, energy, and food policies that have given rise to a nexus where growth in agriculture has been supported by unsustainable water and energy use trends. The most extensive groundwater management programs of the Indian Government show great promise on how scale and quality can co-exist in community-led programs for water. Different states in India have adopted different ways of managing this nexus. The practical cases of the community will offer the experience of embedding fundamental scale principles using technology and some emerging insights for the Asia Pacific leadership on re-imagined operating models. This webinar will then discuss how to enhance political will to tackle the wicked problem of water-energy-food nexus from groundwater conservation and the optimal uses.

・Dr.Aditi Mukherji, Principal Researcher, IWMI New Delhi
・Ms. Amrtha Kasturi Rangan, Senior Manager, Arghyam

Date and time:
30th June (Wed) 2021 (1PM-2PM (India time) / 4:30PM-5:30PM (Japan time))

Jun 30, 2021 04:30 PM in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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Aditi Mukherji
@Principal Researcher, IWMI New Delhi
Dr Aditi Mukherji is a Principal Researcher at the International Water Management Institute. Earlier, she led the Water and Air Theme at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal. Aditi is a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the Water Chapter in the Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC,) and a member, Core Writing Team of the IPCC’s AR6 Synthesis Report.
Amrtha Kasturirangan
@Senior Manager, Arghyam
Ms. Amrtha Kasturi Rangan is an Environmental Scientist (M.Sc. from Anna University) and Lawyer (LLB. From Bangalore University) and is a senior manager Arghyam. She leads the Research, Advocacy, and Communications work at Arghyam. She has worked with Arghyam since 2009 and has managed Participatory Groundwater Management grants in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and North Eastern states as part of her work. These grants have explicitly demystified the science of groundwater management for communities to practice and have had demand management as one of the critical components. She has been instrumental in shaping Arghyam’s strategy for engagement in the North East for participatory groundwater management (spring-shed management).