The Policy Dialogue contributed to the OECD work on Water Security. It was instrumental in exploring future collaboration on water risk management with the Government of India, the ADB and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The kick-off seminar on Water Risks and Water Stewardship in India was held on 20-21 August 2014 in Delhi. The seminar aimed to build a common understanding of water risks and risk sharing in India, as well as to draw out lessons from water stewardship efforts and recent experience with policy reforms. It also provided a platform for policy dialogue and knowledge sharing by bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from government, the private sector, international organisations, NGOs and civil society.
The seminar attracted over 180 participants from government, industry, NGOs, international organisations, development co-operation agencies, as well as the media (for the inaugural session). High-level participants included Sushri Uma Bharati, Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation; A.B. Pandya, Chairman of the Central Water Commission of India; Kapil Mohan, Principal Secretary of Water Resources, Government of Karnataka; and Shekhar Kapur, internationally-known film director, actor and environmental activist. The seminar effectively contributed to share knowledge, among Indian stakeholders, and between India, the OECD and regional partners (ADB).
KSA support contributed towards the organisation of the Seminar, jointly with three other co-organisers ( Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry or FICCI, ADB and the 2030 Water Resources Group), including logistics and participation of Indian experts (not located in Delhi). While the amount was small, the KSA’s support helped leverage other sources of finance and create a platform for knowledge sharing on water risks and water stewardship in India. The pilot was also instrumental in laying the foundations for potential further co-operation on water issues in India and beyond. The outcomes of the 2014 seminar also informed the Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth, a joint initiative by the OECD and the Global Water Partnership.
Discussions are on-going with Indian authorities, at federal and state levels, on avenues for further co-operation, including a second meeting of the knowledge sharing platform on water risks and water stewardship in India (tbc).