India Water Forum 2011: Water policy should ensure ecosystem sustainability

Via: Bob Payne, Human Dimensions Specialist and Professor at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON / Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) India’s water policy should ensure sustainability of the ecosystem so that there is adequate availability of water for everyone, Vice President Hamid Ansari said Wednesday.

Speaking at the India Water Forum-2011 to discuss ‘Water security and climate change: Challenges and opportunities’, he emphasised on the need for adopting better governance for tackling challenges related to water security.

 ‘There is a need for adopting better governance to tackle the key challenges that are stemming from changing demographics, shifting geopolitics, widespread poverty and under-development, climate change phenomena and shifting weather patterns, and the elements of globalisation and its attendant consequences,’ said Ansari.

 Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid emphasised the need to understand that water is a natural resource for all and is essential for economic development.

‘Demand for water is bound to increase, therefore it is important to develop the resource in a sustainable manner since we cannot create more water than what nature has provided us but can manage water optimally to mitigate the impact of inadequate availability of water,’ he said.

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