Water Resources

Symposium on Geo Enabled Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development


25 Jan 2017 
ModeratorAswani Kumar Akella, Founder, Latgeo Consulting, India
ModeratorAswani Kumar Akella Founder
Latgeo Consulting
Keynote Session - Advances in Tools for Watershed Management25 Jan 2017 0900 - 1100 hrs
KeynoteSTUART MINCHIN, Chief, Environmental Geoscience Division, Geoscience Australia, Australia
Environmental Geoscience Division, Geoscience Australia
ANJU GAUR, Senior Water Specialist/Team Leader, World Bank, India
ANJU GAUR Senior Water Specialist/Team Leader
World Bank
SHAILESH SHANKAR, Manager, Sales Engineering DigitalGlobe, India
Sales Engineering DigitalGlobe
John Shopf, Director Business Development - Asia Pacific,  Harris Corporation, Singapore
John Shopf Director Business Development - Asia Pacific
Harris Corporation
Seema Joshi, Sr. Division Head - Strategic Presales & Technology Solutions, Esri, India
Seema Joshi Sr. Division Head - Strategic Presales & Technology Solutions
CDR. SANJEEV SHARMA, IN (RETD.), Head Hydrography, IIC Technologies, India
CDR. SANJEEV SHARMA, IN (RETD.) Head Hydrography
IIC Technologies
Ground Water Mapping, Monitoring & Analyzing25 Jan 2017 1330 - 1500 hrs
KeynoteDR. R.C. JAIN, Ex-Chairman, CGWB and Advisor (Groundwater) Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation, India
KeynoteDR. R.C. JAIN Ex-Chairman
CGWB and Advisor (Groundwater) Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation
KEVIN CHALLEN, Principal Consultant, Utilities Cyient Europe, United Kingdom
KEVIN CHALLEN Principal Consultant
Utilities Cyient Europe
United Kingdom
P VENUGOPAL, Director, Andhra Pradesh Water Resource & Monitoring Department, India
Andhra Pradesh Water Resource & Monitoring Department
MK Srinivas, Chief Engineer, National Water Development Agency, India
MK Srinivas Chief Engineer
National Water Development Agency
Laura Van de Vyvere, Project Engineer, M3 Systems,  Belgium
Laura Van de Vyvere Project Engineer
M3 Systems
Balachander, Programme Coordinator (Info & Communication),, Keystone Foundation,
Balachander Programme Coordinator (Info & Communication),
Keystone Foundation

Proposed Program Outline

25 January 2017

0900–1100 hrs

Keynote Session - Advances in Tools for Watershed Management

1100–1230 hrs

Networking Tea/Coffee Break and Visit to Exhibition

1230–1330 hrs

Networking Lunch

1330–1500 hrs

Ground Water Mapping, Monitoring & Analyzing

1500–1600 hrs

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

As per the UN stats, water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to increase rapidly. Over 1.7 billion people who have drinking water sources are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge. Due to the awareness created by public organisations and NGOs, we have an increase from 76% of people in 1990 to 91% of people in 2015 using an improved drinking water source. Another important issue is that, about 1.8 billion people still use fecally contaminated water.

Another major problem that is faced even today is that, 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines. More than 80 percent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal. Each day nearly 100 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases. 70% of water abstracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is used as such for irrigation. Floods and other water-related disasters account for 70% of all death related to natural disasters.

Understanding the importance of water sector to the community, the exclusive half day session on water resources with the theme "Geo Enabled Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development" will be organised on 25th January, 2016 as a part of Geospatial World Forum – 2017. The program will be focusing on demonstrating the practical application of geospatial technologies in the water segment, and the problems faced during its implementation phase.

Session I : Advances in Tools for Watershed Management

It appears inevitable that during the first half of the 21st century, water shortage will be one of the most serious issues linking diverse problems like food security, international diplomacy, poverty alleviation, public health, energy production, ecosystem management, and preservation of biodiversity. With so much at stake, the importance of implementing informed watershed management practices couldn't be overstated. As a solution to the existing problems, geospatial technology has played a critical role in all aspects of watershed management, from assessing watershed conditions through modelling impacts of human activities on water quality and to visualizing impacts of alternative management scenarios. Realising the power of geospatial technology and its unique ability to enhance watershed management, this session will discuss how geospatial technology can help in better management of the watershed amongst water researchers, resource planners, solution providers and technology community worldwide.

Session II : Ground Water Mapping, Monitoring & Analyzing

Groundwater contributes to the major portion of the world's freshwater resources. The demand for water resources has exceeded population growth by a factor of two or more over the last hundred years. Excess extraction by people has led to dwindling ground water supplies. In addition to this, the rising temperatures have also compounded the problem and altered the precipitation mix. Further, land sinking also occurs when there is loss of support below the ground caused by reduction in ground water table. This is most often caused by human activities, mainly from the overuse of groundwater, when the soil collapses, compacts and drops. With the innovation and advancement in space technology, it is now possible to employ remote sensing techniques for estimating surface and subsurface water over large areas. These methods are very useful for rapid groundwater mapping of large and inaccessible areas. This session highlights how remote sensing data and geospatial techniques can act as good sources and tools for providing data needed for protection of the ground water and also in planning to conserve them.

Why Attend?

  • Get information on effective planning and analysis of techniques for maintenance and roll-out functions
  • Find out the latest software adopted for efficient hydrological modelling and management
  • Explore the power of the latest technology to facilitate field-to-office collaboration
  • Build a common operational picture by enhancing departmental collaboration and service delivery

Target Audience

  • Ministries of Water Resources from different countries
  • Regional Water resources Organizations
  • Research organizations & Academia
  • Industrial players
  • Scientists
  • Policy makers
  • Data Providers
  • Consultants

For Details and Query:

Ms. Akshithha
Research Analyst – Market Intelligence and Business Consultancy
Geospatial Media and Communications, India
Email: Akshithha@geospatialmedia.net
Tel: +91 9810177342