Wednesday, March 23, 2011
World Water Day Forum and Seminar
World Water Day is being celebrated today March 22 around the world. The official UN event will be held today in Cape Town, South Africa.
This years theme is: Water for the Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.
This is the first time in human history that most of the world’s population live in cities: 3.3 billion people …and the urban landscape continues to grow.38% of the growth is represented by expanding slums, while the city populations are increasing faster than city infrastructure can adapt.
The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge, aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.
Let us take time to learn more about the water problems faced by billions around the world both urban and rural. The Integrated Water Management includes: Water supplies, rainwater harvesting, building check dams, filteration and improving water quality, industrial use of water, waste water treatment, river pollution, ground water quality and availability, and water conservation. We have below provided some links to learn more about it. You may like to support some of the organizations involved in dealing with these issues.
To learn more about the water issues in India and around the world you may like to check the following websites:
A 10 minute documentary, “Amritam Jalam” by Rajastha Patrika showing how they helped restore 386 water bodies to restart water harvesting in many parts of Rajasthan.
In addition, we at IDCA are pleased to invite you to our World Water Day Forum to be held on March 26, 2011 at the Oak Brook Library from 2:00 PM. We have 3 excellent speakers who have both more than 30 years of experience in the US and now are helping to help mitigate water situation in India. We will also be showing a 3 minute trailer of powerful documentary highlighting water problems in rural Rajasthan and some efforts to help mitigate the situation. Details are provided in the attached invitation.
Baki, Usman MM, MS, BS, Professional Engineer with experience at the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago will discuss his repeated visits to Vapi, Gujarat which is considered a Environmental Hot Spot.
He will talk of process operations, his work, and provide a review of his findings based on multiple visits to the CETP in 2009-2010. Mr. Baki Usman is well known is Chicago as a recipient of several awards for Public Services and has received National Recognition for his efforts in his field.
Koduri, Ram BE, M Tech, MS, Experienced in Water Ways Control for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago has worked in India from 2003 in Andhra Pradesh, JNTU, funded by SEI and USAID. He is a founding member of “Rivers of the World”having worked on Water Management in Agra, Delhi, Haryana on Waste Water Management and Sustainability. He will discuss his projects and work in India, past, present, future.
Mr. Bill Natale, is an Emmy-award winning Director, the current head of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting. He is Director of WATER PRESSURES, This documentary uses the power of media to connect the Water Scarce Region of the Thar Dessert of Rajasthan with two inches of rain a year with the rich campus of Northwestern University by Artistic Circles.
The people in Rajasthan use 4 litres of water a day and the students at Northwetern use 400 litres a day. This effort is the Collaborative efforts of Water Management Projects in the Deserts of India by a U.S. University on Lake Michigan.
The students at Northwestern and Grinell University experienced first hand one of the most water distressed regions and observed day to day life with water management practices applied to agriculture and rural health. This is the Second Documentary on Water that will be available for Community Groups on Water Management the first being TAPPED which was shown last month.
Further details are available at: www.idc-america.org/upcoming.htm
In continuation, India Development Service, IDS will be having a Full one day Seminar on
Water on April 9th at Loyola University. http://www.idsusa.org/ . We urge all at IDCA to support this event by attending.
For more information please call Mr. Porus Dadabhoy at: 630-960-2425.
We hope you will be able to join us and encourage others to join also.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon and meeting you on March 26 and also on April 9.
Mohan L. Jain, Ph.D.