This event is open to anyone interested in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Urban Water Security issues.

Water supply and Sanitation is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by Tamil Nadu chapter of Sweden Alumni Network India (SANI-TN) for its action plan during 2019 -20.As a part of this ,we are conducting a stakeholders meeting to evolve a long term strategy for addressing the water security issue of the Chennai city which is the capital of Tamil Nadu and one of the metropolitan cities of India most affected by water scarcity.

Hence there is an urgent need for discussion of the issues affecting water security by involving different stakeholders groups such as Government, community representatives-especially poor, researchers, non-governmental organizations, national/international agencies etc towards achieving water security for all in the city .The proposed stakeholders consultation would help to identify concrete steps required for working out a long term strategy for achieving sustainable water security in Chennai.Based on the consultation, we plan to take up some pilot action projects related to water security of Chennai city in collaboration among different stakeholders.

The issue of water security is not only important in Chennai but also many cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and the country as a whole. Based on a study by Government of India it is reported that 21 cities will run out of ground water by 2020 affecting 100 million people. By 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people and an eventual 6 % loss in the country’s GDP (NITI Aayog ,Government of India, June 2018).Thus the stakeholders consultation will be useful for addressing water security issue of not only Chennai but also many other cities in India and ultimately the country as a whole.

Date: 23 August
Time: 9:30
Venue: M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), 3rd Cross Street, Institutional Area, Taramani ,Chennai
Contact: Dr.A.Rajagopal