7th India Water Impact Summit

IWIS 2022

Valuing Water | Transferring Ganga
15-17, December 2022 | Dr. Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC), New Delhi

Restoration and Conservation of Small Rivers in a Large Basin

“Mapping and Convergence of 5Ps”

(People, Policies, Plans, Programmes & Projects)

बड़े बेसिन में छोटी नदियों की बहाली और संरक्षण:

5P का मानचित्रण और अभिसरण

( लोग, नीतियां, योजनाएं, कार्यक्रम

एवं परियोजनाएं )

Track C5: Technology and Innovation

14:00 to 15:45 IST

Track C5: Technology and Innovation

16:00 to 17:45 IST

Restoration and Conservation of
Small Rivers in a Large Basin

7th India Water Impact Summit [IWIS 2022]

“Mapping and Convergence of 5Ps”

(People, Policies, Plans, Programmes & Projects)
Samarth Ganga_Infographic


In the Fifth Edition of India Water Impact Summit (IWIS) held in December 2020 the focus was on understanding the meaning, concept and nuances of the “Arth Ganga” proposition made by the Hon’ble Prime Minister in the First Ganga Council meeting held in December 2018 in Kanpur. “Arth Ganga”, a Sanskrit word implies “meaning or spirit of rivers” as well as relates to “economics of rivers”. The word “Ganga” is referred in the larger context of all rivers, and not just limited to the bio-physical entity ordinarily known as river Ganga; as the holy river symbolizes the culture of rivers not only in India but also world over, particularly in the Indian region. The deliberations clearly revealed that development and river restoration and conservation are to be seen as two faces of a coin in the spirit of “Arth Ganga”.

Assessment of river resources and preserving the requisite portion for rivers to be able to perform many of their crucial processes and functions, referred as “Samarth Ganga”, are prerequisites for conservation of rivers. Allocation of remaining river resources for various developmental/anthropocentric needs is to be done judiciously. These aspects were deliberated in detail in the Sixth Edition of IWIS held during December 2021. Deriving from this and extending the propositions made in Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP) released in 2015 by the Consortium of IITs (IITC), team cGanga (Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies led by IIT Kanpur) subsequently developed the framework for “Samarth Ganga” meaning Able Rivers. The basis for Samarth Ganga lies in building and strengthening five pillars (refer to the adjacent figure), namely Aviral Ganga, Nirmal Ganga, Arth Ganga, Jan Ganga, and Gyan Ganga.

The past many decades of anthropocentric activities reveal that humans have tremendous potential to adversely impact river-systems while the long-term sustenance of activities/projects, which are directly or indirectly influenced by and/or impacted by river systems, is much dependent on the existence of healthy rivers. Thus, it is imperative that human-river interaction is understood and managed in a holistic manner adopting the “Samarth Ganga” framework to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Experience of managing large river basins with focus on ensuring sustenance of rivers reveals that the state of the health of large rivers (higher order rivers) is much dependent on the condition of tributaries, smaller rivers (lower order rivers; commonly referred as rivulets, streams or drains).

Many factors, particularly influencing the health of the rivers and having interplay amongst themselves, need to be identified, studied and managed to attain the overarching goal of “Samarth Ganga” in restoration and conservation of small rivers in larger river basins like Brahmaputra, Ganga, Mahanadi, Narmada, Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, etc. Such factors could be broadly viewed as consisting of Five Elements or Five P’s, namely, People, Policies, Plans, Programmes and Projects. The single most important challenge in River Basin Management is bringing convergence amongst these Five Elements. Thus, the thrust of deliberations in the Seventh Edition of India Water Impact Summit (7th IWIS) is to understand, elaborate, delineate potential causes of divergence, and formulate strategy for convergence through collation of views expressed in Plenary Sessions, Panel Discussions, International Forums, and informal discussions through intense engagement with the most influential players.

While many aspects are at play, a select few that are key to initiate and monitor the progress of river restoration programmes include 

(i) setting the goal to determine healthy status of the river.

(ii) establishing norms for bio-physical status of rivers, determining the present condition in different stretches starting from origin to destination.

(iii) formulation and execution of river monitoring programmes.

(iv) information/data collation, utilisation and dissemination strategy.

(v) setting mile stones and assessment of river restoration/cleaning programme(s).

(vi) circular economy, finance, policy and governance aspects of water, sewage, sludge and solid waste management.

The Summit

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) are pleased to organize the Seventh India Water Impact Summit during 15-17 December 2022. The Summit will be held at the Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC), 15, Janpath Rd, Windsor Place, New Delhi with provision to have participation of some dignitaries and special guests in virtual mode as well as Webcast for delegates who are unable to travel to the summit venue.

In the past 3 to 8 years many mega initiatives such as Swachh Bharat Mission, Namami Gange Programme, Jal Jeevan Mission, Atal Bhujal Yojana, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Digital India, etc. that directly or indirectly relate to restoration and conservation of river systems were launched. Similar initiatives are also taken by many state governments to restore and conserve river systems including efforts through MGNREGA. It is essential that various activities carried out by multiple agencies of central, state and local governments as well as of international groups are scanned through the lens of a larger vision of river restoration and conservation to feed into the UN SDGs.  It is imperative to understand the bottlenecks in bringing convergence of actions on ground through a large number of projects formulated via various sectorial programmes to achieve the vision of “Samarth Ganga”. 

Managing the interplay amongst five key factors (5P’s: People, Policies, Plans, Programmes & Projects; refer to adjacent illustration) appears to be the most crucial challenge. 

This year, the Summit will deliberate on Restoration and Conservation of Small Rivers in a Large Basin with focus on select aspects of “Mapping and Convergence of 5P’s”. The Summit will give an insight into the potential causes for divergence and strategy to achieve convergence. 

The Summit, like the previous editions of IWIS, will also host the “Finance Forum”, a special track that will bring together global financial institutions and investors interested in river restoration and conservation programmes.

The 2022 Summit, like earlier Summits, will also provide an opportunity to dozens of technology and innovation companies from around the world that are keen to bring their solutions to India to address various issues and concerns pertinent to our river basins. The Technology Showcase will run throughout the Summit.
cGanga declared the formation of a number of task forces which were announced in 2017. The task forces are comprised of subject matter experts from around the world who provide their knowledge and expertise through specific working groups. A number of working groups will meet in parallel to further the planned objectives.

The 2022 India Water Impact Summit is organized along with many other organizations that will provide the much-needed impetus for developing water and environment infrastructure to safeguard rivers and water bodies in India.

  1. Spotlight on States – Since the 3rd IWIS attempts are being made to bring the Ganga States to the common platform to showcase the collective efforts of national and international stakeholders.
  2. A platform to bring all stakeholders together to discuss, debate and develop model solutions for some of the biggest water related problems in India.
  3. The Summit will showcase new technological innovations, research, policy frameworks and investment models from around the world and from within India.
  4. Platform for civil society and faith leaders to engage with scientific, engineering, industry, finance and Government
  5. Multi-country dialogue to strengthen India’s international collaborations in the Water sector.
  6. Parallel tracks to discuss over 25 topics in depth

Summit Plenaries

Special Sessions

Session P1Inaugural Session: Restoration and Conservation of Small Rivers in a Large Basin “Mapping and Convergence of 5P’s (People, Policies, Plans, Programmes & Projects)”

This session includes:

➢ Special Announcements

➢ Launch of Projects

➢ Release of Reports:

– Economics of Sludge

– Technology Acceleration through ETV Process

– Atlas of Rivers in UP and Some of the Sub Basins of Ganga

Session P2Plenary Session: Lessons from Various River Related Programmes

 

Session P3 Plenary Session

Bottlenecks and Course Correction in River Related Programmes

 

Session P4 Plenary Session: Valedictory

 

 

 

TRACK A Science, Technology & PolicyTRACK B Finance & EconomicsTRACK C Technology & Innovation

Session A1 – Theme: Setting the Goal to Determine Health Status of the River

Session A2 – Theme: Establishing Present Condition and Norms for Bio-physical Status of Healthy Rivers in Different Stretches (from Origin to Destination) and setting the Milestones

Session A3 – Theme: Formulation and Execution of River Monitoring Programmes

Session A4 – Theme: Information/Data Collation, Utilization and Dissemination Strategy

Session B1 – Theme: Economics and Financing of Sludge  

Session B2 – Theme: Economics and Financing of Water Recycling and Water Trading Market  

Session C1 – C5: Technology & Innovation

Themes:  Introduction of Innovative Solutions having Potential Applications in India

 

TRACK D – International
This session will engage with high level diplomats of various countries to deliberate on how to derive much higher output in field through various bilateral and multilateral cooperations through bringing in convergence with mega level water related programmes of the Central and State Governments to expedite development in sync with visionary goal of river restoration and conservation to attain UN SDGs.

 

TRACK E – Implementation Challenges

Session E1 – Theme: Decentralised Wastewater Management for Sustainability of Sewerage Assets

Session E2 – Theme: Impact of Land use on Rejuvenation of Small Rivers

Time

Day 1

Thursday, Dec 15

Day 2

Friday, Dec 16

Day 3

Saturday, Dec 17

09:30 – 11:00

Pre-Summit Session

and

Meet & Greet

 

 

 

Venue: Lobby/ Atrium

TS 2: Track A

Session A2  – Theme:  Establishing Present Condition and Norms for Bio-physical Status of Healthy Rivers in Different Stretches (from Origin to Destination) and setting the Milestones

Venue: Conference Room 1

TS 5: Track A

Session A3 – Theme: Formulation and Execution of River Monitoring Programmes

 

 

Venue: Conference Room 1

11:00 – 11:30 Break Break Break
11:30 – 13:00

P1: Plenary Session

 

Inaugural

 

Venue: Bhim Hall

P2: Plenary Session

Lessons from Various River Related Programmes

 

Venue: Bhim Hall

P3: Plenary Session

Bottlenecks and Course Correction in River Related Programmes

Venue: Bhim Hall

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:00

TS 1: Track A

Session A1 – Theme: Setting the Goal to Determine Healthy Status of the River

 

Venue: Conference Room 1

TS 4: Track B

Session B1 – Economics & Finance

Theme: Economics and Financing of Sludge

 

Venue: Conference Room 1

TS 8: Track A

Session A4 – Theme: Information/Data Collation, Utilization and Dissemination Strategy

Venue: Conference Room 1

Track C: Technology & Innovation

Session C1: Hybrid model for UK/European companies

Venue: Conference Room 2

Track C: Technology & Innovation

Session C3: Hybrid model

Venue: Conference Room 2

Track C: Technology & Innovation

Session C5: Hybrid model

Venue: Conference Room 2

16:00 – 16:30 Break Break Break
16:30 – 18:00

Track C: Technology & Innovation

Theme: Hybrid model for UK/European companies

Venue: Conference Room 2

Track C: Technology & Innovation

 Theme: Physical / Hybrid Model

 

Venue: Conference Room 2

P4: Plenary Session

 

Valedictory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Bhim Hall

Track D: International Session

Session D1: International Collaboration

Theme: Ambassadors’ Meet

 

 

Venue: Conference Room 3

TS 4: Track B

Session B2 – Economics & Finance

Theme: Economics and Financing of Water Recycling and Water Trading Market

Venue: Conference Room 1

19:30 – 22:00

Reception Dinner

Venue: To be Announced

# Day 2 will host Finance Forum parallel to Sessions TS2 and P2 during 9:30 – 13:00 h with special invitees

Summit Timetable

Time

Day 1

Thursday, Dec 15

09:30 – 11:00

Pre-Summit Session

and

Meet & Greet  

Venue: Lobby/ Atrium

11:00 – 11:30

Break

11:30 – 13:00

P1: Plenary Session

Inaugural 

Venue: Bhim Hall

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00

TS 1: Track A : Science and Policy

Session A1 – Theme: Setting the Goal to Determine Healthy Status of the River

Venue: Conference Room 1

Track C: Technology & Innovation

Session C1: Hybrid model for UK/European companies

 Venue: Conference Room 2

16:00 – 16:30

Break

16:30 – 18:00

Track C: Technology & Innovation

Theme: Hybrid model for UK/European companies

Venue: Conference Room 2

Track D: International Session

Session D1: International Collaboration

Theme: Ambassadors’ Meet

 Venue: Conference Room 3

19:30 – 22:00

Reception Dinner

Venue: To be Announced

Time

Day 2

Friday, Dec 16

09:30 – 11:00

TS 2: Track A : Science and Policy

Session A2  - Theme:  Establishing Present Condition and Norms for Bio-physical Status of Healthy Rivers in Different Stretches (from Origin to Destination) and setting the Milestones

Venue: Conference Room 1 

 

TS 3: Track E: Implementation Challenges

Session E1: Decentralized Wastewater Management for Sustainability of Sewerage Assets

 

Venue: Conference Room 2

11:00 – 11:30

Break

11:30 – 13:00

P2: Plenary Session

Lessons from Various River Related Programmes

Venue: Bhim Hall

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00

TS 4: Track B

Session B1 – Economics & Finance

Theme: Economics and Financing of Sludge

Venue: Conference Room 1

Track C : Technology & Innovation

Session C3: Physical / Hybrid Model

Venue: Conference Room 2

16:00 – 16:30

Break

16:30 – 18:00

Track C: Technology & Innovation

Session C4: Physical / Hybrid Model

Venue: Conference Room 2

TS 5: Track B

Session B2 – Economics & Finance

Theme: Economics and Financing of Water Recycling and Water Trading Market

Venue: Conference Room 1

19:30 – 22:00

# Day 2 will host Finance Forum parallel to Sessions TS2 and P2 during 9:30 – 13:00 h with special invitees

TimeDay 3 Saturday, Dec 17
09:30 – 11:00

TS 6: Track A : Science and Policy

Session A3 – Theme: Formulation and Execution of River Monitoring Programmes

Venue: Conference Room 1 

 

TS7: Track E: Implementation Challenges

 Session E2: Impact of Land use on Rejuvenation of Small Rivers

 Venue: Conference Room 2

11:00 – 11:30Break
11:30 – 13:00

Session P3: Plenary Session :  Bottlenecks and Course Correction in River Related Programmes

Venue: Bhim Hall

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:00

TS 8: Track A

Session A4 – Theme: Information/Data Collation, Utilization and Dissemination Strategy

Venue: Conference Room 1

Track C : Technology & Innovation

Session C5 – Physical/Hybrid Model

Venue: Conference Room 2

16:00 – 16:30Break
16:30 – 18:00

P4: Plenary Session

Valedictory 

Venue: Bhim Hall

Panelists

Plenary

Science Technology an Policy

Finance and Economics

Technology & Innovation

International

Policy, Law & Governance

Member Institutions

Summit Partners

ETV Participants

Recently Released Reports

Arth Ganga Framework & Bulandshahar Report

Uttarakhand River Atlas Report

Yamuna River Basin Atlas

cGanga and NMCG ETV Report

UK Ganga Connect Report

Pragyambu
(cGanga Quarterly Digest)

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Engage With Us

A. Engagement Models during the Summit

The Summit is a great multi-disciplinary platform to showcase your efforts, solutions, knowledge through a range of strategic engagement plans. These are:
This engagement mode is for Government departments at all levels (central, state, municipal), public sector entities, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and foundations who wish to deepen their strategic engagement with India for the Ganga Rejuvenation programme. It could entail releasing a special report, initiating a project, highlighting select areas of work or other initiatives.
For private sector companies or entities wanting brand recognition, the Summit offers a multitude of opportunities including but not limited to hosting networking events, display of special solutions and other showcases. Please get in touch with the Summit team for more details.
For private sector companies or entities wanting brand recognition, the Summit offers a multitude of opportunities including but not limited to hosting networking events, display of special solutions and other showcases. Please get in touch with the Summit team for more details.

Professional Service Firms and Knowledge-oriented institutions are invited to partner with cGanga and NMCG to prepare and launch a number of special reports during the Summit as well as curate and organise the various Summit sessions.

B. Ongoing Engagement Models

There are various ongoing engagement models that enable partners to find various touch points with the Ganga River Basin. These are:
Interested parties can channel their novel ideas through dedicated task forces and working groups. These groups have in-depth deliberations which are summarised in the form of white-papers submitted to Government and various stakeholders. The working groups are a sub-set of 5 major task forces: (i) Science & Research (ii) Engineering & Operations (iii) Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Skills (iv) Policy, Law & Governance (v) Finance & Investments
Companies interested in introducing their solutions into the Ganga rejuvenation programme can do so through pilot/demonstration projects. They must however first go through the Environment Technology Verification (ETV) process. This allows stakeholders to assess the technologies and ascertain value for money.
Companies interested in introducing their solutions into the Ganga rejuvenation programme can do so through pilot/demonstration projects. They must however first go through the Environment Technology Verification (ETV) process. This allows stakeholders to assess the technologies and ascertain value for money.