A three day India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) event held in Kochi between 23rd and 25th January 2018 brought together leading water scientists from the UK and India with state level water policy and management bodies from six southern States. The event was the first in the Centre's planned series of User Engagement Initiatives which are designed to bring together scientists with policy makers, regulators and commercial companies to support the communication of joint India-UK water security science to users.
The IUKWC's Researcher Exchange Schemes provide opportunities for Indian experts to visit the UK or UK experts to visit India in order to spend time exploring research ideas, building capacity or training in research methods, or exchanging latest findings. The first round of Exchanges were undertaken in the Spring of 2017 and the first Activity Report is now available.
IUKWC, under its Pump priming project initiative, recently funded a project on "Stakeholder engagement in hydro-climatic services in India". The project is led by IUKWC member Dr. Zareen Bharucha of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK, and aims to review current practices, challenges and future opportunities relating to the development of hydro-climatic services (HCS). A participatory workshop with HCS developers was held at IITM, Pune on 14th & 15th September 2017.
In May 2017, IUKWC launched an online poll to identify the priorities of members of its Open Network on stakeholder engagement in the Indian water sector. A thorough analysis of the votes and comments highlighted the urgent need of engaging with the regional level water policy and management bodies. Stakeholders at regional scale 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.
This new competition is run as part of the Newton-Bhabha Fund programme, Innovate UK and the Research Councils (the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology are inviting proposals for innovative solutions for reducing industrial waste in India.
The IUKWC Open Network is an online, searchable database of individuals and organisations based in the UK or India with research interests in water security. It will be used by the India-UK Water Centre to disseminate communications, circulate calls for new activities and identify participants for commissioned activities. The network is open for anyone to register.