Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Call for community-based action in water management












The Dharwad Declaration on Climate Change, Water and Agriculture, 2016, announced on the concluding day of the three-day Global Water Meet-2016 organised at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad, has called for community-based decentralized solutions to planning, rejuvenation, conservation and management of water resources, whether it is on a river basin management framework or revival of water bodies and aquifers. It said water and climate are interwoven and cannot be separated.


Climate change negotiations should put people first. At the moment, climate change is addressed mostly as a technical and a political issue. All measures related to adaptation and mitigation should start from local people's potential and needs, respecting their dignity and right to development, the declaration said.



On agricultural sustainability the declaration said that agriculture is critical for food and nutrition security and has recommended ecological agriculture as an important resilience tool for climate adaptation and mitigation, based on local communities' wisdom, traditional knowledge and bottom-up solutions. Increased public investment is urgently called for, with convergence among the state, civil society, communities and private sector institutions at the policy and implementation levels, it said.



Referring to environment and ecological sustainability the declaration maintained that water, air, soil, land, forests and all natural resources are critically interwoven with life on earth and called for urgent public awareness and joint action of all stakeholders to ensure environmental and ecological sustainability.



The Dharwad Declaration shows ways and means for execution of Paris Agreement and SDG 2030. Scientists, researchers, academics, policy makers, social activists, NGOs and farmers from across 20 countries participated in the meet.




Waterman Rajendra Singh, recipient of Magsaysay award, delivered the valedictory address and called upon the delegates that the historic meet would result in formation of a global forum to initiate global action plan for climate change adaptation. UAS vice-chancellor D P Biradar presided.








Source: The Times of India