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Successful First Meeting of Tapi River Basin Committee

The first meeting of newly and formally established Tapi River Basin Committee was successfully held. All members of the committee including Central Water Commission/Ministry of Jal Shakti, Central Ground Water Board, the basin states and representatives from the European Union Delegation to India, IEWP/GIZ PMU and EU Expert participated in the meeting. The Committee discussed the five joint Key Water Management Issues (KWMIs) and jointly agreed on the overall Aims to be achieved in the Tapi River Basin as well as on Tapi Visions and Management Objectives for all the KWMIs towards development of Tapi River Basin Management Plan. As a next step the Committee agreed to collect data from the Central and State Government offices and to undertake the Risk Assessment for all the KWMIs as a key part of the Tapi RBM Plan.

Meeting at National Water Academy, Pune

EU Expert Mr. Guido Schmidt and IEWP/GIZ PMU team has meeting with the Chief Engineer, National Water Academy and team on 30 May 2019. During the meeting joint agreement is made on strategy for developing capacity building activities under Priority Area 7 of India EU Water Partnership.

Establishment of a formal Tapi River Basin Committee

To develop the Tapi River Basin Management Plan most effectively, the Indian authorities established a formal Tapi River Basin Committee under the IEWP on 27 May 2019. The Committee brings together the Indian national level and all three Tapi States to jointly develop the Tapi River Basin Management Plan under the IEWP. In addition, the Committee involves the EU Delegation as well as the IEWP/GIZ Project Management Unit and its EU Team of Consultants to support the technical work towards the Tapi RBM Plan.

Developing Aims, Vision and Management Objectives for Groundwater related issues in Tapi River Basin Management Plan

EU Expert Mr. Andreas Scheidleder during his second mission to India provided hands-on technical support to the experts from the Headquarter and Regional Offices (Tapi Basin) of Central Ground Water Board at CGWB, NCR, Bhopal from 13 to 17 May 2019. During this mission joint efforts were made to carry out the Pressure and Impact Analysis along with Risk Assessment for groundwater quality and quantity of selected groundwater management units identified in the Tapi basin states.

Key Water Management Issues Agreed By Tapi Basin States

End of March 2019,  5 Key Water Management Issues (KWMIs) have been agreed by representatives of the three Indian States sharing the Tapi River Basin (Gujarat; Maharashtra; Madya Pradesh). The decision was made in a meeting (Ukai Dam, Gujarat) by the Joint Tapi Stakeholder Group that has been established to develop a pilot Tapi River Basin Management Plan (Tapi RBM Plan) within the frame of the India-EU Water Partnership.  

The five KWMIs are: (1 Pollution from Urban Areas and Industries; (2) Pollution from Agriculture; (3) Alterations of River Hydrology/Water Quantity; (4) Alterations of Groundwater Quality and Quantity; (5) Alterations of River Structure through Sand Mining. Next steps will include the definition of corresponding management objectives and the assessment of possible impacts on the set objectives from pressures that are related to the 5 KWMIs. The pilot Tapi RBM Plan is aimed to be available by June 2020. Updates will be provided regularily.

Environmental Flow Assessment and Training

Within the IEWP-PR2, a Joint Technical Working Group (two renowned EU experts, representatives of Central Water Commission, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute; IEWP/GIZ PMU) undertook the field visit in Mahanadi Delta during 15-19 April 2019. On Thursday, 18 April 2019; a “Training/Workshop on Environmental Flow Assessment-Approaches; Focus: Ecological Approaches and Assessments – experiences from the EU” was held at the premises of CWC MERO, Bhoinagar, Bhuvneshwar. This training workshop served the exchange and training on i) ecological considerations in E-Flow assessments, ii) key challenges and approaches for e-flow assessments in estuaries/wetlands and iii) collection and interpretation of ecological data towards e-flow assessments. EU good practices and related applications in Indian river basins were discussed.

All Presentations of 4th India-EU Water Forum

4th India-EU Water Forum.

The joint workshop (technical meeting) was organized on 21 and 22 May 2018 in Delhi with an aim to agree and adapt appropriate methodologies for assessment of e-flows in pilot river basins in India. EU Experts from IHE Delft, the Netherlands and CEH, UK along with the subject experts and officers from Central Water Commission, Wildlife Institute of India, National Institute of Hydrology, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, WWF India and IEWP/GIZ PMU attended this workshop.

The Forum will include three sessions:

  • A high-level plenary session.
  • A technical session on River Basin Management presenting the IEWP activities in all priority areas.
  • A business session exploring opportunities for EU businesses in the Indian water sector.

E-Flows Workshop

The joint workshop (technical meeting) was organized on 21 and 22 May 2018 in Delhi with an aim to agree and adapt appropriate methodologies for assessment of e-flows in pilot river basins in India. EU Experts from IHE Delft, the Netherlands and CEH, UK along with the subject experts and officers from Central Water Commission, Wildlife Institute of India, National Institute of Hydrology, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, WWF India and IEWP/GIZ PMU attended this workshop.

Field visit to Ramganga River

EU Experts from IHE Delft, the Netherlands and CEH, UK along with the subject experts and officers from Central Water Commission, National Institute of Hydrology and IEWP/GIZ PMU visited the Ramganga River from 23 to 25 May 2018 to identify the critical river stretches.

IEWP Information Exchange Session during the EU Circular Economy Mission 2018

The IEWP Information Exchange on the India-EU Water Partnership was organised in Delhi on 5 September 2018 as part of the B2B discussions. The main objective was to provide comprehensive information to EU MS and EU businesses on the business potential available in the Indian water sector.

Identification of KWMIs in the Tapi Basin with Govt. of Gujarat

A meeting was convened in Gandhinagar with the Additional Secretary and the Chief Engineer Water Resources Department, Govt. of Gujarat and officials of the Ukai Dam Project on 19 November 2018 to identify the Key Water Management Issues (KWMIs) in Gujarat part of Tapi Basin. Identification of KWMIs is the first step towards development of Tapi River Basin Management Plan.

Review of Progress of activities under IEWP by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Institutional mechanism has been created both at Indian and the EU side to foster the implementation of the Action Plan. On 26 November 2018, Shri U P Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation reviewed the progress of the implementation of IEWP Action Plan. This meeting was attended by the officers from MoWR, RD& GR, and the Nodal officials of Priority Areas both from the Indian and the EU side.

Identification of KWMIs in the Tapi Basin with Govt. of Maharashtra

A meeting was convened at the Tapi Irrigation Development Corporation, Jalgaon with the Chief Engineer, TIDC and other officers on 10 January 2019 to identify the Key Water Management Issues (KWMIs) in Maharashtra part of Tapi Basin.

Field visit to Bharathpuzzah River

For identification of the critical sites in the Bharathpuzzah Basin, a field visit was organized from 7 to 11 January 2019 involving the subject experts and officers from the Central Water Commission offices in Delhi and Kerala, and IEWP/GIZ PMU. This exercise served as reconnaissance study for E-flows assessment in Bharathpuzzah River.

Field visit to Mahanadi Delta

The field visit to Mahanadi delta was organized from 28 January to 1 February 2019 to exchange with Odisha State officials and CWC MERO divisional officers on hydrological and ecological status of the delta as a basic step towards assessment of e-flows at pilot site. During the field visit, experience was also gained on various control structures in the Delta and eco-sensitive hotspots. Joint Technical Working Group involving officers/experts of IEWP/GIZ PMU, Central Water Commission, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute participated in the visit.

Mr. Andreas Scheidleder on Groundwater in the Tapi Basin, EU Groundwater Expert

For technical inputs on addressing groundwater aspects in Tapi River Basin, covered under Priority Area 1 and 4 of the IEWP Action, Plan, EU Groundwater Expert Mr. Andreas Scheidleder from Environmental Agency Austria was on his first Mission from 21 to 25 January 2019. The objective of the mission was to share and exchange EU Expertise on groundwater issues, assessment and management on the river basin scale with the Indian counterparts in Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and Central Water Commission (CWC) and with the State Administration and Technical Agencies in Tapi River Basin.

Identification of KWMIs in the Tapi Basin with Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.

A meeting was convened with the Chief Engineer, Narmada Tapti Basin, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and other officers on 7 February 2019 to identify the Key Water Management Issues (KWMIs) in Madhya Pradesh part of Tapi River Basin.