Global Initiative of Academic Networks(GIAN)
Water Futures of Urban and Rural Landscapes

February 09-13, 2018

Water is one of the most valuable and critical natural resources in both urban and rural landscapes.  Water availability and its quality are becoming serious challenges in India and many part of the world due to increased demand and pollution. Excessive pumping of groundwater in both urban and rural areas is another concern that is affecting sustainable use and future water security. Becoming a professional in the field of water and land resources management requires understanding of the water cycle, water quality issues, interactions between land use and water, impacts of human activities on both water availability and quality and planning for sustainable water use in different landscapes.

Urbanisation in India is a major driver of significant changes in land and water use in both urban and rural landscapes and it is resulting in hydrologic changes that have environmental, economic and social consequences. These activities require appropriate and integrated management strategies for sustainable water use in catchment. 

In this course, the hydrologic cycle will be explored at varying spatial scales in urban and rural contexts.  Hydrologic, environmental, economic and social perspectives will be used in the examination of the demand and the sustainable use of water.

Course Aim

This course aims to present different land and water management concepts and theoretical underpinnings and help participants to research a chosen, real-world topic that is important for water and land management and improving current situation. Upon successfully completing this GIAN short course, the participants will be able to:

1.        Synthesise and evaluate different concepts and approaches to sound water management in the context of urban and rural landscapes.

2.        Analyse and evaluate the nature of demands for water in different landscapes and for different users and the difficulties in matching supply with demand.

3.        Assess different sources of water and uses and analyse the issues related to rainwater harvesting, water conservation and recycling.

4.        Describe how human activities affect the water quality and health of waterways; and differentiate the impacts of factors such as population pressure and climate change on the availability of water for different uses.

5.        Research selected water issue in a workshop setting to apply what they learnt through lecture inputs.

6.        Use social, cultural, economic, policy and institutional perspectives to relate sustainable water supply with demand.


The primary objectives of the course are as follows:

i) Expose participants to the water features

ii) Build confidence and capability amongst the participants

iii) Provide exposure to practical problems and their solution through case studies and

iv) Enhance the capability of participants to water features related problems in engineering system.

Internationally faculty Prof Basant Maheshwari an academician, researcher and practitioner with proven knowledge, experience and demonstrable ability in teaching, consultancy, research and training will deliver lecture and discuss case studies in the course. The course will be planned and offered as per the norms set by the GIAN programme.

Course participants will learn these topics through lectures and hands-on experiments. Case studies and assignments will also be shared among all to stimulate research motivation of participants.

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