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Water in India: situation and prospects

This report attempts to provide a comprehensive analysis of the state of water resource development and management in India, based on secondary information and consultations with leading experts, government officials, academicians, activists and grassroot workers. It maps current challenges and suggests feasible alternatives amidst increasing water scarcity and disenfranchisement of resource bases for the poor and the marginalised. It aims at achieving a holistic and dynamic understanding of the level of development around water and looks at the strategic steps required for action. The report encompasses both a depiction of the state of freshwater resources and potential problems and progress towards identified goals, including workable solutions.

There are five key messages in the report

  1. The per capita water availability does not take into account the temporal and spatial variability in a vast country like India - new approaches and ways to measuring water availability are required
  2. Water demand is far exceeding supply in many instances and leading to inter-sectoral conflicts
  3. Water quality problems are rising and need addressing; sanitation is central to this also
  4. An analysis of the water sector is incomplete without understanding the key role gender plays - for this we need disaggregated data to be collected and analysed
  5. A regime of capacity-building programmes is required for those managing water in India today to deal with present day issues 

[authors abstract]

TitleWater in India: situation and prospects
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsUNICEF -New Delhi, IN, FAO -New Delhi, IN, SaciWATERs -Secunderabad, IN, South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies
Paginationx, 91 p.; 23 fig.; 23 tab.; 11 boxes
Date Published2013-01-01
PublisherUNICEF
Place PublishedNew Delhi, India
Keywordsaccess to water, capacity building, gender, india, sanitation, water demand, water quality, water quantity, water resources development, water resources management, water shortage, water supply, water use
Abstract

This report attempts to provide a comprehensive analysis of the state of water resource development and management in India, based on secondary information and consultations with leading experts, government officials, academicians, activists and grassroot workers. It maps current challenges and suggests feasible alternatives amidst increasing water scarcity and disenfranchisement of resource bases for the poor and the marginalised. It aims at achieving a holistic and dynamic understanding of the level of development around water and looks at the strategic steps required for action. The report encompasses both a depiction of the state of freshwater resources and potential problems and progress towards identified goals, including workable solutions.

There are five key messages in the report

  1. The per capita water availability does not take into account the temporal and spatial variability in a vast country like India - new approaches and ways to measuring water availability are required
  2. Water demand is far exceeding supply in many instances and leading to inter-sectoral conflicts
  3. Water quality problems are rising and need addressing; sanitation is central to this also
  4. An analysis of the water sector is incomplete without understanding the key role gender plays - for this we need disaggregated data to be collected and analysed
  5. A regime of capacity-building programmes is required for those managing water in India today to deal with present day issues 

[authors abstract]

NotesWith references at the end of each chapter
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