The aim of the proposed workshop is to sensitize the decision makers, elected representatives, state planners, policy makers, all ULBs, municipal officials, development authorities, water supply and sewage management utilities, NURM PMU officials, researchers and other practitioners/ key stakeholders on the above stated issues. Six regional workshops were conducted on the given theme across India in cities of Guwahati, Lucknow, Kolkata, Puducherry, Goa and Delhi. The workshops were conducted under the mandate of Comprehensive Capacity Building Programme (CCBP)- National Urban Renewal Mission (NURM) supported and funded by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.
All urban local bodies including the mission cities need to expand the accessibility and availability of water supply and sanitation facilities to make the cities vibrant. But the opportunities under NURM come with a challenge to mainstream the Best Management Practices and reforms targeted at energy and resource efficiency measures in urban water management for long term sustainability. Given this scenario, the objectives of the workshop were:
- To generate awareness about the best management practices (BMPs), state of the art knowledge and reforms in the area of energy and resources efficiency in urban water management.
- To discuss with key stakeholders the concept, issues/barriers and experiences in mainstreaming of BMPs/NURM reforms in the sustainable water management area.
- To explore capacity building support required to implement projects aimed at mainstreaming BMPs and reforms in the NURM schemes.