Report by Santanu Ganguly, New Delhi: Ministry of Water Resources announced the  commencement of 2nd edition of India Water Week today at Shangri-La’s-Eros Hotel  which is to be held from 8th – 12th April 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan.
The conference-cum-policy dialogue forum coupled with a B2B exhibition is being jointly organized by the Ministry Of Water Resources,  Central Water Commission and National Water Development Agency with the theme “Efficient Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities.” This year’s Water Week will have two major components namely, a multi-disciplinary dialogue in the form of a conference and a concurrently running exhibition enriching the theme and showcasing the technologies in water sector.
Accordingly, Union Minister of Water Resources Harish Rawat while addressing the media today on this occasion released a curtain raiser for the ensuing “India Water Week”-2013 from next week at New Delhi.  Shri Rawat highlighted the importance of organizing IWW-2013 for creating awareness about the limited availability of water resources in the country and the need to utilize them efficiently to save water and conserve it for future generation.
IWW-2013 is being organized by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India to  create  a platform for a participatory dialogue on  the issues related to water which involves all stakeholders. Thus, India Water Week 2013 promises to bring to the table insights which have relevance to both sectoral players and the general public about relevance and criticality of water-conservation and efficient management.
President  Pranab Mukherjee would be inaugurating the 5-day conference on April 8. The summit will host prominent personalities in the sector as key speakers and attendees. This event has generated considerable interest amongst those who are concerned with water resources.  It is encouraging that 1758 registrations from 64 countries have already taken place. The technical themes have been well received with 200 papers likely to be presented at the Conference.
An exhibition named as Water Expo-2013 will be simultaneously held during the conference to show case the technology, latest development and solutions in improving efficiencies in the sectors of agriculture & irrigation, water supply and energy generation. The exhibition has a wide spectrum of product and service providers from all over the world. The exhibition will also provide a specialized venue new materials and techniques in dam rehabilitation and improvement.
A number of international agencies like the World Bank, Global Water Partnership etc. are holding special events focused on specific issues concerning the international community in water management.
The first edition of the conference which was  held last year witnessed participation of over 1000 national and international delegates and was themed “Water Energy & Food Security: Call for Solutions.”  This year, we are adding another chapter.  The form of bringing issues related to efficient water management into forefront and with a wide deliberation on these issue we expect to bring out sustainable and widely accepted solutions for these issues.
On behalf of the Ministry, National Water Development Agency and Central Water Commission– The 2nd India Water Week 2013  is being organised between 8th – 12th April 2013 with the theme “Efficient Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities”. The event will have a conference-cum-policy dialogue forum coupled with a Business to Business exhibition.
The event is targeted at International and National audience comprising of policy planners and technologists involved with water resources management in all key sectors of economy like Agriculture and Irrigation, Energy and Industry.
An exhibition along with the work shop will be conducted simultaneously with the International Conference on the same subject to provide the Small & Medium Enterprises an international platform & a world class exposure, to develop their skills & providing them the accurate knowledge to increase their profits & by teaching them the corrective measures to grow & adopting the new & advanced technology. Besides, identifying, encouraging the progress in the Water Industry and the allied ministries.
Courtesy: india education diary .com