Researchers Meet to Develop New Tool for Groundwater Sustainability in Asian Cities

A two-day workshop on “Enhancing the groundwater management capacity in Asian cities through the development and application of groundwater sustainability index in the context of global change” was conducted on 24-25 July 2014 at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand.

A project activity under CBA2013-06NSY-Shrestha, led by Dr. Sangam Shrestha, the main aim of this workshop was to share the outputs/reports of application of groundwater sustainability index using different indicators which was derived based on the suggestions and comments from our first workshop. Based on the outputs/report, a set of recommendations were formulated in the workshop for improved groundwater management in each city.

The first day of the workshop included presentations from selected participants from six countries including India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Viet Nam. Delegates from each country focused their presentation on the development and application of groundwater sustainability infrastructure index (GSII) to evaluate the sustainability of groundwater resources in their respective cities. Some of the areas covered in their presentation were social, environmental, economic, institutional and mutual trust dimensions which were represented as public participation, groundwater monitoring, regulatory intervention, institutional responsibility and knowledge generation and dissemination.

The second day, which marked the conclusion of the workshop, featured presentations from researchers, Dr. Binaya Raj Shivakoti of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Dr. Vishnu Prasad Pandey of Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), and Mr. Domingos Pinto and Mr. Pallav Shrestha of AIT.

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