The seminar will introduce aquifers as natural endowments, which store and transfer water to benefit human beings and the ecosystem they live in, followed by a discussion on the principles of sustainable groundwater management. Two distinctly different approaches to groundwater governance, namely community-based governance in India and institution-based governance in Australia, will be presented. Finally, the discussion will show how community-based governance could evolve into institution-based governance.
1. Asian Development Bank
2. NSW Department of Primary Industries and Environment, Australia.
Prof S.A. Prathapar has 40 years of experience in water resource management. He obtained his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1986. Since then, he has served the University of Arkansas, USA; CSIRO Division of Water Resources, Australia; International Water Management Institute in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka; the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; the Department of Primary Industries, NSW, Australia; and the Asian Development Bank, Philippines. Prathapar has over 225 Technical publications or presentations. He is now a Consultant to the Asian Development Bank and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Environment, Australia.