Speaker: Shripad Dharmadhikary
The talk will explore and layout some key characteristics of the conventional and currently dominant paradigm of water management in the country, and highlight some of its serious impacts. It will then present a different approach, An Ecology-Equity-based perspective for Rivers and Water, that can shift water resource management in the country to a more just, equitable, and sustainable path. Some recent initiatives in this direction will also be discussed.
Bio of Speaker
Shripad Dharmadhikary is an activist and researcher, and the founder-coordinator of Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, a center focused on analytical and advocacy work in the water sector. His work aims to help shift the water sector in the county towards a more equitable, just, and sustainable path. His areas of work include water policy and programs; river and water resource management especially using the environment flows approach; dams, hydropower, and irrigation; impacts of coal on water and national inland waterways. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering from IIT Bombay (Mumbai) and was a full-time activist with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, the mass movement of people affected by the dams on the Narmada river, for 12 years. He completed an online certificate course in Environmental Flows from UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands in 2014. He writes extensively on water, rivers, and developmental issues and is involved in capacity building and training. He was a member of the Government of India's Planning Commission's two Working Groups in 2010-12 for 12th Plan on Urban and Industrial Water Supply, and on Model Bill for State Water Regulatory System. He was an Academic Visitor at the Stranded Assets Program, Smith School of Enterprise and The Environment, University of Oxford, The U.K. from May 2015 to Dec 2015. He has close links with grassroots groups and campaigns.