Growing pressure on water resources due to population growth, economic expansion, urbanization, pollution, and other challenges has major impact on our social, economic, and environmental well-being. Creeping effects of climate change are likely to aggravate the position by causing higher frequency & magnitude of extreme weather events as well as by changing the quantum & pattern of precipitation. Water stress gets even more compounded for countries like India with disproportionately low freshwater resources vis a vis population (i.e. 4% of global freshwater resources against 18% of global population) and per capita storage of only 210 cubic meters (against a global average of ) even when most of its annual precipitation of 4000 BCM falls in just three months. It is in this backdrop that the First International Conference on Sustainable Water Management is being organized by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) during December 10-11, 2018 at Chandigarh/Mohali under the aegis of ongoing National Hydrology Project of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
The Conference would see convergence of renowned water resources experts in academia, industry, utilities & research institutions and in other related disciplines from across the world to brainstorm and deliberate on various aspects of sustainable water management i.e. meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own water needs. The Conference would provide an interactive platform for eclectic brainstorming and sharing pathbreaking ideas & case studies in respect of flood and drought management, hydrology, e-flows, inter-basin water transfer, climate change, intelligent decision support systems, storage projects, etc. to address pressing issues regarding sustainable management of water resources.