Water scarcity is one of the gravest challenges of this century. Relentlessly increasing demand on freshwater resources due to demographics, industries and agriculture is pointer to a grim future unless immediate individual and institutional actions are taken for sustainable management of water resources. Recent trends in climate change due to greenhouse gases have profound implications for the quantum and pattern of precipitation which can further accentuate the water stress. Taking note of the potential disruptions, disputes and conflicts due to water scarcity in their successive reports, the United Nations have even proclaimed the decade 2018-2028 as the International Decade for Action- 'Water for Sustainable Development', commencing on World Water Day 22 March, 2018 and ending on World Water Day, 22 March 2028.

I take great pleasure to inform that iconic Bhakra Beas Management Board is organising 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management from December 10-11, 2018 at Chandigarh under the aegis of National Hydrology Project of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. I feel that the Conference would be of great interest to Water Resources Professionals, Researchers, Academia, Industry, Government Organisations, Policy Makers etc. working in water resources and allied sectors all over the world. It would provide an excellent opportunity for brain storming on the challenges being faced and measures to be adopted for sustainable water management.

I wish the Conference a grand success.

(Ajay Kumar Bhalla)
Secretary, GoI, Ministry of Power