JAMMU, July 1: An insightful webinar titled “Women & Water” – Challenges and Opportunities towards sustainable conservation of water was organized by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) FLO Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh (JK&L) in collaboration with FICCI FLO Uttarakhand.
This was the first webinar organized by the FLO JK&L chapter and paved the path for many more to follow. The event threw light on robust and low investment technologies for water conservation and participation by all stakeholders for treating and saving water and creating awareness for water resource management. It also highlighted important findings and data on water conservation and ways to improve the quality of water.
The webinar started with a beautiful presentation on “Mesmerizing Rivers” of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh curated by Kunwarani Ritu Singh, chairperson of the newly founded FLO JK&L chapter. Opening remarks were delivered by Tripti Behl, Secretary, FLO Uttarakhand. The welcome address was given by Komal Batra, chairperson, FLO Uttarakhand, Ritu Singh, chairperson FLO JK&L, Varuna Anand, senior vice president, FLO JK&L and Pankaj Gupta, president, Industries Association of Uttarakhand.
Dr Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership (IWP) Water Conservation/Orientation, presented on how to make India water secure with participation of all stakeholders. She emphasized on the action for sustainable water resource management at national, regional, river basin/ sub basin and local levels. IWP initiatives taken at policy and ground level were also discussed.
Dr Ravinder Kaur, Principal Scientist & former Project Director, Water Technology Centre & Former Director (Additional Charge), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi shared about Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Reuse through Jalopchar Technology which is used for treating water by natural ways.
Poonam Sevak, Vice-President, Knowledge and Partnerships, Safe Water Network India & Rural Water highlighted the challenges and barriers to women empowerment with respect to water. Monetary incentives, involvement of husbands and working at grassroot level to retain women for safe and fit water delivery models were discussed.
An insightful and fact filled question-answer session left the audience satiated. Lalit Mahajan, president, Bari Brahmana Industrial Association, representing the Industry of JK&L laid emphasis on rain water harvesting and role of Government and the State in supporting proper waste segregation and disposal.
The event was attended by guests and associates from across the country including Kiran Bhatt, former chairperson FLO Uttarakhand and Pradeep Dutta, Bureau Chief, Times Now Network. The webinar closed with vote of thanks delivered by Dr Neha Sharma.