Urban Water Systems: Planning, People and Governance
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Water can be a leading driver of sustainable change in fast-growing secondary cities in the developing world. At present, more than 300 Indian cities with population greater than 100 thousand inhabitants are showing infrastructure and basic services deficits and adaptation gaps in terms of management of stormwater, water supply, wastewater, groundwater, and floods. This course combines spatial planning, governance and socio-cultural aspects to tackle issues of urban water systems, sustainability and climate adaptation for rapidly urbanizing secondary cities in India. The course would be structured to understand and debate various approaches and practices of building water-sensitive cities at different scales learning from the Indian and International perspectives. The course would include discussions on complex challenges related to urban water systems at regional, city and neighborhood levels through first-hand experience of international and national case studies. Interactive sessions will revolve around possible roles of planning, governance and socio-cultural trends of urban areas to sustain existing water resources in Indian context. At the end of this course, participants would develop insights into spatial planning, social and governance aspects of urban water systems through discussion and documentation of its successes and failures in different parts of the world developing learnings for India.

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