MODEL UNITS FOR ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES.
Objective of Project Agastya is to develop,
initiate & implement
Sustainable Solutions for Water Resources Management in Bangalore.
To attain our objective, we need to develop innovative ways to promote awareness of eco-friendly practices, as traditional means of promoting awareness do not necessarily translate into any major developments/actions.
Effective development and management of water resources are essential for sustainable growth and poverty reduction in all developing countries. The challenge of water resources management has become acute for many nations, as water scarcity grows, quality declines, environmental and social concerns mount; and the threats posed by floods and droughts are exacerbated by climate change.
World Bank learned about the necessity of incorporating not just
technical and economic considerations, but social and environmental
factors into the design and operation of hydraulic infrastructure. We have
also learned that water management is about much more than simply building
and operating infrastructure, that it also includes the development of an
enabling legal framework and institutions for management of both the
quantity and quality of water in basins and aquifers. Non-structural
measures, such as water rights administration, allocation mechanisms, and
information systems, must be incorporated as well.
most developing countries there is simultaneously an urgent need for more
environmentally and socially sustainable management of water resources,
and for developing and maintaining the stock of small and large water
infrastructure needed for growth and poverty reduction. Secondly, it is
equally clear that development and management of water resources is a slow
and highly time consuming process.
consensus states that modern water resources management should be based on
three fundamental principles (known as “the Dublin Principles”).
First there is the ecological principle, which argues that
independent management of water by different water-using sectors is not
appropriate, that the river basin must become the unit of analysis, that
land and water need to be managed together, and that much greater
attention needs to be paid to the environment. Second is the institutional
principle, which argues that water resources management is best done
when all stakeholders participate, including the state, the private sector
and civil society; that women need to be included; and that resource
management should respect the principle of subsidiarity, with actions
taken at the lowest appropriate level. Third is the instrument
principle, which argues that water is a scarce resource, and that
greater use needs to be made of incentives and economic principles in
improving allocation and enhancing quality.
above study, as well as our experience also points out that other
ecological factors, such as, Housekeeping, Supply Chain Management, Waste
Disposal/recycling, Manufacturing Process, etc., all influence the Water
Resources Management of a unit.
the light of this knowledge, a few of our members suggested a unique way
to create awareness among the stakeholders of Water Resources Management
objective of this Programme is:
To create awareness among the Public & the Corporate on the
scope of eco-friendly practices, and their benefits.
To introduce new knowledge, technologies & partnerships to the
Public & the Corporate of Bangalore.
To encourage the Public & the Corporate to adopt Eco-friendly
Practices & Technologies.
To create a standard workable Policy for the consumers of Water
e. To help the regulators develop effective Policies/use a referral source while developing Policies.
programme would be represented by the various stake-holders of the Water
Resources, the Civic authorities, the Corporate, the Consumers of Water
Resources (both domestic & commercial), Educational & Research
Institutions, Bilateral/Multilateral agencies, and other like-minded
individuals, Organisations & NGOs.
we can offer to our Partners :
addition to UNIDO-ICAMT & the 25/Bangalore Foundation,
Project Agastya shall consider Partnering with a few select
The Depts. of Ecology & Environment, Industries & Commerce,
Urban development, GoK.
BWSSB, KSPCB, KUIDFC, BMP, CWC, etc.
The FKCCI/CII/GMCI, KDPMA, The Institution Engineers (India),
Bangalore Chapter etc.
Financial Institutions & Funding agencies.
Lions/Rotary Clubs/Residential Associations.
bodies/ Organisations willing to sponsor the Programme.
The above Proposal is only indicative, and could be modified after considering inputs from our other members & advisors.