AUSTRALIA-INDIA WATER RELATIONSHIP

  • Recently, the Ministry of Jal Shakti has launched the first edition of the India Young Water Professional Programme.
  • Its launch marks a significant milestone in Australia-India Water relationship. This Programme looks to prepare future water leaders.

Important points:

This program has been taken up under the National Hydrology Project. It will be implemented by Australia India Water Centre (a consortium of Australian and Indian universities).

It is focused on Engaged Training and Learning Model. The Program will aim to achieve its objectives through the 70-20-10 framework, which states that three types of experience are required to learn:

  1. Experience 70% (learn and develop on the job)
  2. Exposure 20% (learn and develop through others)
  3. Education 10% (learn and develop through formal training)
  • It also focuses on gender equality and diversity, because sustainable water management can only benefit from the views and skills of all members of society.
  • It is outcome-driven and the participants will be having certain tools and techniques by the time they are finished with the Programme.
  • Based on the success of this edition, a second phase of YWP will be planned in the later half of the year 2022.

Significance:

It will help in breaking the silos of surface water vs groundwater and participants will learn to take a comprehensive view of water resources management.

National Hydrology Project

  • It was started in 2016 as a Central Sector Scheme by the Ministry of Jal Shakti and is supported by the World Bank.
  • To improve the extent, reliability and accessibility of water resources information.
  • To strengthen the capacity of targeted water resource management institutions in India.
  • To facilitate acquisition of reliable information efficiently which would pave the way for an effective water resource development and management.
  • Central and state implementing agencies responsible for surface and/or groundwater planning and management, including river basin organizations.
  • Users of the Water Resources Information System (WRIS) across various sectors and around the World.
  • WRIS focuses on ensuring increase in public and stakeholders awareness about the present status of water resources and the need for its effective management by attracting their interest in leading towards the holistic goal of water security.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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