Action research concentrating Stakeholder's Centric Research (SCR) in Water Sector may reveal many areas and forms of adaptation at different levels (household, community, catchment, municipal, industrial, agricultural, power), ranging from specific actions on the ground to national policies and strategies. They reflect formal and informal decisions and definitions to varying degrees, depending on the context. Variation will be high in the water sector where issues range from too little to too much water, including the water quality, inequality in availability and management of its use temporally and spatially.
Assessment of the costs and benefits of adaptation to climate change, urban water provisioning under continued flow of migration from rural areas, infrastructural development, incentivizing water use efficiency improvement, deployment of modern techniques and practices in delivering water supply while addressing increasing and competing demands from various sectors and sections, making farming as a profitable business etc are the crucial areas in water sector, where the stakeholder's centric research can be engaged. The research may be made for indulging term as well as long term based issues and delivering objective based frameworks and policies for performance improvement and efficiency building in a sustainable manner.
Actions in water-related adaptation settings usually are undertaken by several players with different costs and benefits accruing to different stakeholder groups. Thus, governments may provide water infrastructures (such as dams) that benefit the public, while private companies may be involved in irrigation, supplying domestic water to city dwellers or using water to promote tourism etc. The environment also plays a role in regulating the quality and quantity of water in a catchment and command areas of river basins/sub-basins. The viability, feasibility and sustainability of any adaptation project or policy while considering alternative options in a better and holistic manner will not only depend on the net difference between aggregate costs and benefits, but also on how they are distributed between stakeholders and on stakeholders’ willingness to be involved in the initiatives starting from planning and development to implementation and management of the available and utilizable water resources spatially and timely. This is why a focus on the SCR can deepen and enrich traditional knowledge, economic, social and cultural approaches towards sustainable development.
The session will be devoted for the above cited purpose deeply involving academicians, researchers, professionals, sociologists and environmentalists including all stakeholders at large and coming out with implacable frameworks and policies on the SCR in water sector.