Reassessing the role of water in India’s development
Hosted by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), the Reassessing the Role of Water in India’s Development panel featured:
- R Krishnan, the Director of IITM and Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC WGI
- Aditi Mukerji, from CGIAR and Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC WGII water chapter
- Kavita Wankhade, Associate Dean of the IIHS School of Systems and Infrastructure
- Neha Sami, Associate Dean of the IIHS School of Environment & Sustainability.
- Moderated by Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Dean of the IIHS School of Environment & Sustainability
Lower-than-normal levels of rain have reduced crop yields this year across large parts of South and Southeast Asia, affecting farmers growing everything from sugar in Thailand to rice in Sri Lanka. The dry weather has also reduced hydropower output in some areas, resulting in power cuts to factories and towns.
Water is in crisis – as it is both a driver and victim of climate change. This year was supposed to be the year that water finally took its place in the spotlight: the first UN water conference in almost 50 years, held in March in New York, marked the midpoint of a water action decade that was supposed to spur action on water.