Principles of WATERSCAPES Design, Development, Governance and Management
Image source: Sketch adapted from Ramsar Convention

Climate change and urbanisation are pushing water distress of drought and flood to the conflicts of ownership, access, equity, gender, and more. The rising water distress in a country that is abundant in water wisdom is worth questioning and resolving. It is crucial that professions involved in the built environment take full cognizance of the waterscape design, development, governance and management in the cities/regions. Water resource like river, lake, wetland, stream, groundwater, along with water infrastructure like well, canal, water supply, wastewater, collectively called waterscape here, is a social-ecological system, intricately linked with and affected by several other subsystems making the governance & management complex and sustainability uncertain. The society appropriates (uses, misuses, abuses) waterscape for the goods and services covering almost all the human development. A fundamental change is necessary in the water policy, practice, and pedagogy towards integrated waterscape design, development, governance, and management; using an interactive approach between the disciplines, sectors and regions to connect the abundant knowledge. The course designed for the participants involved in the built environment aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of waterscape as resource & infrastructure with ecosystem services that are managed through polycentric governing environment. The course is designed with interactive sessions using case study of a given environ (participant’s city), to educate about the various interlinked social-ecological components, to engage with the context & community, and to empower with the necessary tools (policy, practice, pedagogy); thus the principles of waterscape design, development, governance and management.

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