10th JTSDS Round table on Water Governance and Management


Date: April 20, 2017 - April 21, 2017

In ancient time, river Saraswati changed its course, causing destruction of the Mohen Jo Daro and massive migration of the Harappan civilization towards the south- later referred as Aryan invasion on Daravidas and indigenous communities, which played a critical role in shaping today's India. It's interesting to note that most of the civilisations in the world have flourished on the banks of rivers, and water has played an important role not only in ecosystems but in shaping cultures. It is said that if the third world war is to happen, it will happen for Water. The hydrological theory of origin of state believes that conflict over water distribution was an important factor behind the social contract between the state and its citizens. These processes underline the importance of Water and the role it plays in building and destroying civilisations. Water distribution plays imprtant role in India- Pakistan and India- China relations and recently the countries were at tussle on the issues of distribution of Indus river water. Interstate water distribution issues between Kerala-Tamilnadu or Maharashtra-Karnataka are also not new. Water has always been a contested resource.

India has peculiar conditions where differrent parts of countries are simultaneously affected by floods and droughts. Interstate river linking project was conceived to address this situation, but was largely debated for its ecological impacts and cost benefit analysis. A large share of population depends on rain fed agricultural and allied occupations; moreover most of the artisans depend on farmers for their sustenance, making India an agricultural economy, where droughts and floods are obviously the most threatening disasters. Hydrological disasters are more frequently happening and are affecting more people every year. Various dams and watershed management projects are conceived and implemented to address droughts and floods. However efficiency of such projects, water governance and equitable distribution of water have always remained issues of concern. This has also led to conflict, social action and disputes in various places like Maval in Maharashtra. Water pollution and waterborne diseases are another issues of concern related with water. With this, apart for hydraulic engineers and policy makers, water had always been a topic of interest for social scientists as well as for disaster management professionals.

Various governments and voluntary organisations as well as Individuals have tried to take innovative measures for effective and efficient water governance and water management, trying to mitigate water related disasters and to build resilience. Jalayukta Shivar Yojana, Pani Panchayat, Jal Biradari, Mumbai Pani Haq Samiti, Water Regulatory Authority, Water Stewerdship Programme are some of the examples where state and voluntary agencies have taken innovative initiatives for sustainable and paricipatory water governance and management. The 10th JTSDS roundtable is an effort to bring together such efforts to critically understand there experiments and explore possibilities to replicate them.


  • Water Resource Management and Disaster Risks

  • Sustainable and innovative initiatives in water conservation, distribution, regeneration of sources and usage

  • Initiatives in building efficiency and effectiveness of institutional and legislative framework for water governance

  • Conflict and social action over water

Interested participants are requested to send abstracts of their papers on secretariat.jtcdm@tiss.edu and kamblemahesh@tiss.edu before February 6th, 2017.