The importance of quality water to life on Earth cannot be over emphasized, due to which it was included in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as Goal No. 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water) with 8 targets. Water is intricately linked directly or indirectly to almost all the SDGs as it is essential to poverty eradication, gender equality, food security and the conservation of ecosystems.
Increasing human population is exerting enormous pressure on available water resources leading to the many challenges faced by the water sector including unsustainable extraction of groundwater leading to decline in aquifers, reduced stream flows, pollution, depletion of groundwater and aquifers, and surface water resulting in water scarcity and compromising water quality.
Effective conservation and management of water resources will, therefore, require application of a combination of strategies beyond the conventional ones to include leveraging and deployment of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).
In order to deliberate on the above issues, the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre), New Delhi jointly with the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM), Nairobi, Kenya will be organizing an International Workshop on “Ground Water Conservation and Management by Leveraging Science, Technology and Innovation” (IWGWCM-STI 2021) during 27-28 January 2021. The Workshop will be hosted by KNATCOM and organised in Virtual-Mode.
The Workshop will be organized in different technical sessions to cover the application of Science, Technology and Innovation on conservation and management of groundwater resources in a changing environment.
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