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Conference Programme

Day 1: 23 May 2018
Time Conference Room D
1000-1100 hrs Opening Ceremony
1100-1130 hrs Networking break
1130-1300 hrs Inaugural Conference Session: Implementing Smart Cities…. Transforming India for our Citizens

The objective of the Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment, and application of 'Smart' Solutions. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development, and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model for other cities. Nearly 31% of India's current population live in urban areas, and contribute 63% of India's GDP (Census 2011). Urban areas are expected to house 40% of India's population and contribute 75% of India's GDP by 2030. This requires comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. All are important in improving the quality of life and attracting people and investment, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development. Development of Smart Cities is a step in that direction. Smart Cities tap a range of approaches - digital and information technologies, urban planning best practices, public-private partnerships, and policy change - to make a difference.
1300-1400 hrs Lunch
Time Conference Room D
1400-1515 hrs Developing Water Infrastructure and Strengthening the Access to Clean Drinking Water

Access to clean water is a human right, yet billions are still facing daily challenges of accessing the most basic services. Around 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is contaminated. Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. More than 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any treatment, leading to pollution. It is predicted that by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, improving water quality, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials in to water deposits is coming as a major challenge. All sectors in India substantially need to increase water-use efficiency to ensure sustainable supply of freshwater to address water scarcity. Protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes is seriously demanding attention. In this session we will discuss the current trends, ways of international cooperation and capacity-building support for developing countries in water, related activities and programmes for water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies, participation of local communities etc. to address this challenge.
1515-1530 hrs Networking break
1530 -1645 hrs River Rejuvenation: Latest Practices and its Impact on Social and Economic Factors

India’s water crisis has escalated into a frightening situation over the past years. Multiple reasons have led to the drying up of important rivers of India as the natural process of renewing water resource in many river basins has been disturbed due to drastic use of land, deforestation, increased soil erosion, and siltation. The fact is that the perennial rivers have become seasonal and seasonal rivers have become dry. A notable change in rainfall pattern has also added to India’s water woes. There is a dire need to harvest rainwater and increase water potential both, on surface and sub-surface. Unraveling the natural processes to revive the rivers, identifying the place and types of disturbances in this process and planning scientifically to revive them to their original flow is the concept of river rejuvenation project. Government initiative of “National Water Mission” is planned to ensure integrated water resource management helping to conserve water, minimize wastage and ensure more equitable distribution both across and within states. Is Nationalisation of rivers a solution for this challenge? Or river rejuvenation policy in every state is an better alternative? This session will explore the way out for River Rejuvenation.

Day 2: 24 May 2018
Time Conference Room D
1000-1130 hrs Smart Solutions for Water and Waste Water Management in Liveable Cities

Water supply, sanitation and stormwater are integral components and directly interfere with the urban water system, yet they are often not planned or operated in an integrated way. Viewing them as a single system can greatly enhance the utility of water, both in the context of everyday operations and under stress. Minimizing the movement of water, reducing leakage, maximizing reuse and redefining waste as a resource can optimize the productive use of water and reduce pollution. Fostering rural-urban linkages can lead to mutual benefits and synergies at the water-food-energy nexus. Active participation of multiple sectors and communities is required, as is a proactive, holistic urban water planning approach to minimize conflicts and ecological impacts. During the session we will examine how urban form and integration can help minimize water footprints and maximize potential for resource recovery and reuse. Innovative approaches for urban water management will be discussed, including rural-urban linkages that generate mutual benefits/synergies at the water-food-energy nexus.
1130 -1145 hrs Networking break
1145 -1315 hrs Industrial Leadership Collaboration for Secure Water Future

As cities are experiencing water shortages and contamination, the world is in need of innovative solutions to address the global water crisis. Cities are thinking about global risks and how to mitigate them, and rethinking urban planning strategies to strengthen resiliency. Utilities are confronted with aging infrastructure, toxic metals, and financial limitations. Companies and academic institutions are developing new water technologies at a rapid rate, and our future generation of water leaders are being trained in water-based careers. Let’s find out that with all these encroaching demographic changes, will the global leaders are able to address multiple issues for a sustainable and secured water future.
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-1515 hrs Plastic Waste Crisis in Urban Waterways

In the context of urbanisation and economic growth, there is a tremendous increase in demand for plastics and plastic packaging, particularly in developing and emerging economies. Through littering and illegal dumpsites, this trend results in growing amounts of waste in urban canals and rivers. With around 3 billion people without access to environmentally sound waste management facilities, the thus generated waste threatens human health and ecosystems while also affecting flood control, hydropower stations and urban-rural food systems. In addition, an estimated 8 million tons of plastics leak from land into the ocean every year, worsening the marine litter problem. This increasing plastics pollution of urban waterways demands new, systemic solutions. The expert speakers will discuss the governance and infrastructure of integrated municipal solid waste management, the importance of packaging design to prevent plastics from leaking and the potential of wastewater valorisation in a circular economy by exploring the synergies between the waste, water and plastics sectors to create a system that keeps plastics in the economy, and out of urban riverine and canal systems.
1515-1530 hrs Networking break
1530-1645 hrs High-End Technologies to Bridge the Gap to Wastewater Reuse

Given global implications of water scarcity and increased water demand, we must offset freshwater consumption and protect water as a precious resource. Water reuse, converting wastewater into new water streams for businesses and communities alike, is the world’s greatest opportunity to help overcome water availability challenges. Globally, on average, high-income countries treat 70% of generated wastewater. However, less than 4% of wastewater is reused. Existing technology can help achieve greater levels of reuse in all regions of the world. This session will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of water reuse and how technologies can drive effective, financially-successful reuse programs.

Day 3: 25 May 2018
Time Conference Room D
1000-1130 hrs Smart Village Conclave Session 1
1130-1145 hrs Networking break
1145-1315 hrs Smart Village Conclave Session 2
1315-1400 hrs Lunch
1400-160 hrs
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