India-EU Water Partnership Call for European technical experts for supporting the development of a Workshop on Ecological Flows

India-EU Water Partnership Call for European technical experts for supporting the development of a Workshop on Ecological Flows

The India-EU Water Partnership (more information at https://www.eip-water.eu/india-eu-water-partnership-iewp) was undersigned as a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 October 2016, with the Objective to strengthen technological, scientific and management capabilities of India and the EU in the field of water management on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.

Within the 9 priority areas for cooperation (https://www.eip-water.eu/sites/default/files/IEWP_2017-2020_ActionPlan_Overview_public-2017-11-28.pdf), Priority Area 2 focuses on ecological flows. This topic is highly interesting for the Indian counterpart at the Central Water Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, and includes four sub-areas for joint work in 2017-2020:

  • PR 2A Developing data framework for assessment of e-flows
  • PR 2B Pilot e-flows assessment for designated River Stretches including the socio-economic implication (possibly Ramganga river (Himalayan river), Mahanadi Delta (Peninsular river) and Bharatapuzha river (Western ghats))
  • PR 2C Comparative assessment of e-flows methodological approaches in different economic, social (demand) and hydrological regimes
  • PR 2D Recommendation of strategy for implementation of e-flows reflecting different flow scenarios and its possible economic, social and ecologic impacts

The Partnership is currently planning for a workshop (tentatively February/March 2018), with the objective of addressing the pros and cons of methodologies used worldwide following a scenario approach and specifically those that have already been used in India so far; the final objective of the workshop will be to discuss preliminary alternative recommendations and their sectorial impacts for e-flows assessments to be used in the pilot e-flows assessments in India afterwards. A previous scoping workshop on this topic had already taken place in September 2016 (more information available at http://www.eip-water.eu/india-eu-water-partnership-workshop-water-allocation-water-economics-and-eflows-river-basin), and the Partnership shall take into consideration the EU guidance document for e-flows (https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/4063d635-957b-4b6f-bfd4-b51b0acb2570/Guidance%20No%2031%20-%20Ecological%20flows%20%28final%20version%29.pdf).  

The IEWP is looking for the involvement of European institutions and experts in this workshop and its preparation. This involvement can be for different roles and responsibilities, including:

  • Participant at the workshop
  • Presenter at the workshop, e.g. on European approaches to e-flows assessments
  • Developer of preparatory documents, including e.g. the review of available Indian documents, previous to the workshop, and eventually presenting the key findings of such a review
  • Technical co-lead for preparing the agenda jointly with the IEWP teams, leading discussions and developing conclusions and next steps for the cooperation; which would require a few additional days of involvement
  • Technical moderator or rapporteur for any of the sessions
  • Informed expert, meaning that the IEWP should keep the expert (you) updated on the development and results of the workshop, and further actions to be taken within the IEWP on e-flows in India

Any of these roles might require different preparation, availability and effort to be properly addressed. If you are interested in supporting the development of e-flows methodologies in India, and in particular any of such roles and responsibilities for the upcoming workshop, please approach the IEWP (via contact@eip-water.eu) by 8 January 2018 and describe briefly your:

  1. Expertise in developing and assessing alternative e-flows methodologies
  2. Interest in this activity, including your institution’s interest
  3. Previous experience in the development, adaptation and assessment of alternative e-flows methodologies, including knowledge of good practice and lessons learned
  4. Previous and planned activities with relation to India or similar geographic areas
  5. Roles and responsibilities, you are interested in (see list above)
  6. Costs or remuneration related to your involvement you would expect to be covered by the IEWP, related to the selected roles and responsibilities of interest, as well as complementary information about costs you might cover from other sources

If you have any questions or doubts, please feel free to contact us via contact@eip-water.eu. The IEWP will assess the proposals by interested European technical experts and institutions, and provide feedback and share available additional information in early 2018.