This course will help you look at the water sector from a holistic perspective with focus on climate change. The focus of the course would be on the entire water loop (water supply, source management, stormwater management and wastewater management) at the catchment level (including focus on urban areas). Practitioners working in the sector will bring in practical examples from the field to facilitate learning of integrated basin management from a sustainability perspective. Special focus on multistakeholder platform constitution and workings as a tool for management of water resources would be discussed. Two case examples from Ganga basin and Meghalaya (state in NE India) will also be looked at.

Course Modules and Lessons

The course elaborates on the features of Basin Management from a Multi-stakeholder perspective

  • Introduction to Integrated Water Resource Management

  • Multi Stakeholder Platforms

  • Indian experiences in Basin Management

Session Details

  • Date

    1 st May 2021

  • Indian Time

    2.00 - 7.30 PM IST

  • International Time

    10.30 AM - 4.00 PM CEST


Meesha Tandon

Subject Expert

Meesha is an Architect Environmental Planner with Masters in Catchment Management (from University of Leeds, UK) and more than 14 years of work experience. Her forte lies in intersectoral integration and working to bridge the gap between the local and the global, especially for the vulnerable communities. She is passionate about sustainable urban development, water resource management and climate change and she has recently founded an NGO to work towards these sectors.

Annelieke Laninga

Subject Expert

Ms. Annelieke Laninga is an independent consultant for water governance and public participation. She is currently assigned by WWF with the design and execution of a transboundary stakeholder engagement process related to recommendations for the conservation of the Ganges river dolphin in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin. She is also engaged by NL Works, a public-private agency hosted by the Dutch government, to advise on the development of the Indo-Dutch public-private Hindon-Ganga Waste to Wealth Program with the aim to contribute to cleaning the Ganga river basin through viable resources recovery business models.

Manu Bhatnagar

Subject Expert

Manu Bhatnagar has done his Masters In Regional Planning from Cornell University, USA. He is currently Principal Director, Natural Heritage Division at INTACH. He has expertise in urban planning, urban biodiversity, environment planning, regional landscapes, drawing up lake conservation/ management plans, crafting urban water policy, unconventional wastewater treatment. He is given the role of team Leader for Smart Cities Project for Allahabad and Aligarh cities. His work experience spans over countries like India, Thailand and the United States of America and has completed training assignments in Sri Lanka and Nepal. He is also a visiting faculty member and a thesis guide at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

Palash Srivastava

Subject Expert

A total of 26 years of experience in infrastructure transaction advisory/ investment (debt, equity, and funds), public-private partnerships in infrastructure, management consulting and fundraising, capacity building & training in India. Led teams through a variety of leadership roles as Business Head/Regional Manager/Practice Head/Project Manager ranging from a small knowledge-based/project teams to over 50 professional staff – managing contracts & concessions for organisations such as – IDFC Group, CRISIL, Feedback Ventures, IL&FS & Aditya Birla Group.

Course Framework and Details

Framework or the Ideology of the course

Water resources are generally looked at in silos of water supply, wastewater and stormwater. Focus on incorporation of sustainability aspects to develop a holistic understanding of water resource management at the basin needs much focus in the Indian context. Urban areas, in particular, are merely focusing on a demand driven approach without realizing the pressures on the water resources, ecological demand and interrelations and interactions with other sectors of the water loop. Community, in most cases, is only consulted in the decision-making process without being given the power to take and implement decisions. In view of climate change, extreme events like floods, droughts, cyclones and other extreme events related to the water sector are likely to increase in future. This course aims to challenge the conventional approach to water management through a holistic sustainable, participatory and climate sensitive approach to the subject.


Methodology followed 

  1. Live online lectures

  2. Online group work which will enable peer learning and practical understanding of the subject

  3. Online discussions on the topic

  4. Q&A sessions

Course Outcomes

The course aims to develop holistic understanding of water resource management at a catchment level (with focus on urban areas) amongst students and practitioners working in the water sector.

  • Enhance your understanding of water resource management from a holistic perspective

  • Improved understanding of the water loop

  • Improved understanding of the management of water resources in the urban context

  • Knowledge on multi-stakeholder platforms to structure participatory governance processes

  • Improved understanding of basin level water management through case examples from India

Who should take this course?

  • Students of City Planning, Environmental sciences, water resource management or related disciplines
  • PhD scholars with a focus on water resources management or any related sub-sectors
  • Early or mid-career professionals in the water sector
  • Government employees working in the water sector
  • People with a multidisciplinary inclination
  • People interested in the water sector


  • Can I get a discount on the course fee?

    Yes. If you have registered to become a member with our organization, you can get a 10% discount on the course fee. We will be mailing the discount code to the registered members. If you are a student and you want to get an additional 20% discount, you will have to commit to working as a volunteer for 5 working days (spread over 2 months) with our organization. We will need a letter from your institute stating this. You may be able to use this work experience for study credits as well. Please write to to apply and you will receive the details for discount.

  • Can this course help me learn about India’s experiences in the Ganga basin?

    Yes, there is a case study session where Ganga basin programme Namami Gange will be discussed. We also have Mr. Manu Bhatnagar, who is directly involved in the Namami Gange program talking about his experiences.

  • Do I have to attend the entire course in one go or can I attend it in parts?

    It is advisable to attend the entire course in one go. However, if you are unable to do so, we can arrange for a system wherein, you can view (part of) the course videos later. But you will not be able to directly interact with the presenters and other fellows taking the course.

  • Will I get an E certificate for attending this course?

    Yes, you will get a participation certificate for attending the entire course. Those who participate in the entire session live, will get a course completion certificate. Those who complete the session by watching all the videos and are unable to participate in the online live event, will get a participation certificate.

  • Are there any prerequisites for the course?

    Basic understanding of water sector and its functioning. Students or professionals who have worked in the water or urban or environment-related sectors are most welcome Willingness or interest in looking at Water Resource management at a basin or urban level through the climate change lens.

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