W@tskills-India (Mumbai) 2021

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W@tskills-India (Mumbai) 2021

November 22, 2021 - December 3, 2021

About The Event

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Co-create your water and sustainability solutions for Maharashtra State!

Online W@tskills Event in India!

Wetskills Foundation and our Indian partner Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), with support of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), the Kerala Cluster (JDT Islam, C.A.T. and Saxion) and the Consulate General of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Mumbai, were organising this online W@etskills Challenge in India, with 28 participants from different states in India and participants from other countries. The participants will worked online in transdisciplinary teams on real-life water cases from the Maharashtra State from 22 November till 3 December 2022.

This edition was the sixth Wetskills event in India, after Events in 2015 and 2017 in Ahmedabad, and the 2019 Event in both Delhi and Kerala and the first online W@tskills-India 2021.

Finals & Awarding ceremony was an online event with Pitches by the teams, Keynotes by Supratim Battacharjee (Climate Photographer and Wetskills Ambassador) and Luit-Jan Dijkhuis (Delta Coordinator The Netherlands-India) and the Awarding Ceremony by the jury.

Watch the compilation movie of this W@tskills event in India!

Participants of this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!
♦ You increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
♦ You get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
♦ You learn, network and experience more about water challenges in India, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
♦ You receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

Event Cases

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Case 1: Nature based solutions for wastewater in urban areas.

The water quality in Indian rivers is under pressure. Cities along the rivers, like Pune have a large outflow of poorly treated wastewater. Nature has a great capacity to clean itself, so could we stimulate the nature to help cities in treating wastewater? Nature based solutions are quite familiar in protecting areas from flooding. The nature is stimulated the create natural boundaries to protect areas from flooding. Mostly these solutions are integrated in areas and with multi functions (like recreation). There are already examples of nature based solutions for water quality. How could the City of Pune use nature based solutions for better treatment of their wastewater?

Case 2: Reuse wastewater for agriculture

India is generating an enormous amount of sewage from which about 85% of wastewater is being discharged in the environment. This sewerage water is quite a constant amount and could become a potential resource for agriculture especially in times of less rains or even draughts. Main challenges for using this sewerage water are the poor quality and social acceptance. In the City of Mumbai, a lot of sewerage is disposed without using. Areas with small farmers next to the rail tracks could make use of sewerage water. How could the City of Mumbai stimulate the reuse of treated sewerage by farmers?

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

Case 3: Impact of power cuts in rural water use

India has large agricultural areas, which are dependent on a constant water flow. This water flow is often driven by the use of electricity. Power cuts could lead to a disruption of the water flow and thus to poor irrigation. This could affect the output of the agriculture and affects farmer and their families in Maharashtra. How can Maharastra become more resilient to power cuts affecting rural areas?

Case 4: Gender and irrigation system

In India, a state-supported canal irrigation system provides water to a significant section of agricultural land. The irrigation system, despite its limitation, has been responsible for contributing to the green revolution and increasing food production. However, one observes that the irrigation system, despite the introduction of water reforms, continues to be biased towards women and fails to recognise the contribution of women. In light of this fact, how can India increase the participation of women in the management of the irrigation system.

Case 5: Rainwater harvesting a solution to growing urban water crisis

Rainwater harvesting is increasingly put forward as a solution to the urban water crisis. However, despite the awareness and willingness existing among the people about the technology, very few adopt it. The adoption of rainwater harvesting is primarily limited to high-income residential apartments or complexes, leaving a significant section of the city population consisting of middle-income family groups.  The City of Mumbai is facing changes in climate patterns and aims to implement adaptive measures for urban centers, including Sponge City concept to avoid flooding and to increase rain water storage. In order to tap the enormous resource of water in the form of increasing rain, how can the City of Mumbai increase the adoption of rainwater harvesting to address the issue of growing water crisis in cities?

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

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November 22, 2021
December 3, 2021
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Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai) is the (online) host


Johan Oost
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