Workshop: Water in Noyyal sub-basin: status, concerns and future under climate change change

The Water, Land and Society programme at ATREE in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) held a one-day workshop entitled " Water in Noyyal sub-basin: status, concerns and future under climate change change" on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at The Farmer's Residency Hall on TNAU campus in Coimbatore.

The workshop was organized to disseminate the outcomes from the recently concluded 4-year research project "Adapting to Climate Change in Urbanizing Watersheds (ACCUWa)". The goal of the project was to understand the challenges for sustainable, efficient and fair water management in urbanizing contexts where increasing water demand, transforming land-use and limited infrastructure result in hydrological, water quality and social changes, and how future climate change will complicate matters.

The workshop included sessions on urban water use in small towns and Coimbatore, farmer responses to water stress and urbanisation, land use change and hydrologic change. The individual components were tied together through an integrated surface-groundwater model.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. C. Jayanthi, Director of Crop Management, TNAU and attended by several prominent academics and researchers including Prof K Palanisami (IWMI), Prof. Paul Appasamy (Madras School of Economics), Prof Ambujam (Anna University), Prof A. J. James (Karunya University), and Mr. Mylswami (Siruthulli). Government representativesfrom The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD), The Commissioner of Palladam Municipality and officers of various Town Panchayats also participated in the workshop. The workshop was also attended by environmental activists, faculty members and students from various colleges and universities in and around Coimbatore.