user engagement initiative

User Engagement Initiative I:

Improving freshwater monitoring frameworks and data for research and management

IUKWC, under its User Engagement Initiative (UEI) programme will be hosting an event in early 2018 to engage with regional level water policy and management bodies for Improving freshwater monitoring frameworks and data for research and management. Targeted activities will be conducted by a panel of experts which has been selected based on their expertise and IUKWC Open Network Profile. The event is by invitation only due to its small size and targeted nature.

Dates: 23rd – 25th January 2018

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

Need for Engagement with Regional Water Policy and Management Bodies in India

The results of the recent IUKWC user engagment survey highlight the importance of engaging with regional level stakeholders to mainly raise awareness on availability and enhance applicability of current scientific technologies and frameworks for improving freshwater monitoring.

To achieve this, stakeholders need to have a thorough understanding of the potential of the evolving scientific knowledge as well as the risks and limitations involved. There is a need for stakeholders to engage together with others such as development practitioners, water businesses, social scientists, etc., to better understand needs of end users and derive cross-sectoral solutions.

Engagement between regional stakeholders and scientists helps foster understanding of the hierarchy and functions of various governmental and non-governmental actors, the process of flow of information amongst these actors and their motivations, needs and expectations from the research community.

The stakeholder groups of focus on this event are:

  • Organizations at a State/District level, responsible for the development of water policy and the management of freshwater issues.
    Examples include: State Environment officers, State environmental agencies, State water boards, municipalities, inter-municipal bodies, river basin authorities, regional environment development agencies, etc.
  • Stakeholders at regional scale that connect policy makers with implementers and regulators; they are responsible for identification and interpretation of available scientific knowledge (hydro-climatic services), recognizing its utility and facilitate its dissemination at local level while ensuring adherence to legal and policy devices.
    Example: For farmers at the field or for disaster management teams to better manage water resources.

Expected outputs

The key output from this UEI event will be the efficient dissemination of recent joint India–UK science and technology in freshwater monitoring. Including:

  • Sector-specific exposure on latest science and technology (requirements and limitations differ by sector in water management).
  • Building user feedback mechanisms.
  • Awareness of available technologies in respective water management sectors.
  • Publication of a Water Brief on application of science and technology to address water related problems in different sectors and related user feedback.

Expectation from Experts

To effectively engage with Stakeholders and identify limitations in translation of science into practice:

  • To demonstrate the utility of their previous joint India–UK research in freshwater monitoring.
  • To represent the current capabilities of their research area more widely, conveying information about potential benefits and utility for stakeholders.
  • To ensure delivery of presentations in a simple and applied manner and, where possible, provide practical demonstrations of tools/equipment/findings.
  • To interact with stakeholders and explore ideas for coproduction of scientific outputs.

Expectation from Stakeholders

To contribute in coproduction of scientific outputs to increase their utility at ground level.

  • To present current use of scientific outputs in freshwater monitoring and convey their limitations.
  • To communicate current and future science and technological needs in facilitating improved freshwater monitoring.
  • To interact with scientists on best methods to address the above needs and explore ideas for collaboration.


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