On Thursday 2 July, Ashwani Kumar (CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India), a visiting UKNA fellow at TU Delft, presented his reflections on water and urbanism in India and discussed the potential for transfer of practices and ideas from the Netherlands into the cities in the Ganges river basin.

Presentation slides – click here.

Blue blood of cities? Water and urbanism in India 

Abstract: Environmental policies and spatial planning practices of a country are influenced by socio-economic context; environmental and physical resources under their geographical jurisdictions; and economic as well as developmental aspirations of the country.  India is endowed with large natural water systems which historically supported the human civilization, places of religious or spiritual importance, natural ecology, aesthetics and centres of learning. A review of Indian planning and natural water systems suggests that heavily legislated Indian governance regime has yet to evolve a mechanisms and practices for guiding, planning, implementation and regulation for conservation of water systems. For this Netherlands becomes the a good choice to learn from. This exploratory research aims to understand and draw learning’s from the existing policies, practices, tools and mechanisms in Netherlands for managing and integrating the natural water systems with the urban planning and development. The presentation on state of affairs of India water systems and the initiatives forms first part of the work. It try to generate the discussion on emerging perspectives on water policy, institutional structure, nationwide programmes and practices for integrating water systems with urban planning  process both in India and Netherlands.



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