Global developments impact domestic policies and resultant activities, both at the government and civil society levels. India Water Foundation (IWF) is no exception to this praxis and has accordingly responded to international and domestic developments and carried out its mandated activities.
In recognition of its yeoman activities in water, energy, environment and related fields, IWF has been accorded Special Consultative Status by Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN-ECOSOC) since March 2015, Observer Status Governing Body of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Observer Status organisation with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), CTCN membership for Southern Asia and it has afforded an opportunity for catapulting problems confronting India in particular and Asia-Pacific region in general in the realms of water, energy, environment and related sectors to the global stage to elicit international expertise to tackle them.
India Water Foundation, established in 2008 as a non-profit civil society & think tank, is engaged in enhancing public awareness about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and major components of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, with specific emphasis on SDG-1 on About Ending Poverty, SDG-2 about Food Security, SDG-6 about Water & Sanitation, SDG-7 about Energy, SDG-12 about Responsible Production and Consumption, SDG-13 about combating Climate Change and SDG-17 about Partnerships for the Goal, in Asia-Pacific region in general and India in particular. It also emphasizes on familiarizing the people regarding the vital role water, energy and environment play in human lives, their impact on health, economic growth, livelihoods of the people and calamities that wreak havoc due to non-judicious harnessing of these natural resources. Generation of this awareness is facilitated through seminars, conferences, symposia, outreach and personal contact programs etc. As water is an essential component of power generation and food production, therefore, IWF is also engaged in ensuring environmental security, water security, energy security and food security which are essential for sustainable development.
IWF as knowledge partner of MBDA in Meghalaya played important role in promoting water-energy-food nexus approach. This is an integral part of Meghalaya government’s IBDLP program which is running on mission mode. We are also replicating the same successful endeavor by tailoring it as per the requirement of Sikkim Government in the field of water resources, Environment, Sustainable Development which helped in launching “Sikkim Comprehensive Water Resources Plan” at Gangtok. Currently, we are working on ‘Aspirational Districts’ of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to unleash the hidden potential that the districts have which further can ‘inspire’ other districts to follow their success. In doing so, through our rigorous effort to transform the Aspirational districts (TADA), we have streamlined our efforts with the government’s vision of bringing balance development.
IWF nurtures its vision to visualize Asia-Pacific region as a water-surplus region sans environmental hazards by 2050 by integrating IWRM, Nexus and EbA approaches as key components of sustainable development goals into national policy at local, provincial, national and regional levels by harnessing water-energy-climate-food nexus approach, assimilation and dissemination of wit and wisdom from local to global level and vice versa, promotion of inter-sectoral convergence in water, energy and environment sectors, capacity-building of all stakeholders in water, energy and environment sectors, enveloping circular economy model, equal emphasis on Soft and Hard Solutions to water and environment related problems and to change the mind-set of the stakeholders by sensitizing, incentivizing and galvanizing the people about water-energy-environment related issues.
Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, IWF is focusing on the integration of these goals along with their targets into national and local policies. While welcoming the Agreement on Climate Change reached at Paris in December 2015, the IWF has been emphasizing on the need for eco-system based adaptation to climate change and judicious management of natural resources, especially water, energy and land resources. It has been making efforts to get the major components of the SDGs and Paris Agreement integrated into national policies in the Asia-Pacific region in general and India in particular. The IWF also identifies the roadblocks to sustainable development and helps overcome them. It helps the people to make the change from short-term gains to long-lasting services that could transform their lives and their futures.
The IWF works amongst the people at the grassroots level, especially amongst the marginalized and weaker sections, women, tribal people and the poorest communities in India and the Asia-Pacific region, in cooperation with local, state and national governments, and with other like-minded civil society organizations (CSOs), to help them develop water, sanitation, hygiene and climate change adaptation services that are not temporary, but lasting forever. Generation of this awareness is facilitated through seminars, conferences, symposia, outreach and personal contact programs etc.
IWF is a direct member of the ICID; Member of the General Body of CAPART (Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology) under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India; and it is a National Key Resource Centre (KRC) of the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India. It is also a knowledge partner of Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) of the Government of Meghalaya (India), Member of the World Water Council & Member of the Global Compact Network India.