About - Water Resources and Forestry

The Water Resources Division provides services in core areas such as applied research, training, consultancy, and implementation. Marking its capability in the field of expert services, the team has been instrumental in identifying the challenges of urban water supply and demand in the city of Visakhapatnam, and recommending interventions to enhance water supply services. With recognition as the National Key Resource Centre for rural drinking water and sanitation by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the Division has successfully imparted training to Public Health Engineering Department officials as well as District Sanitation Coordinators on the latest advancements in the fields of water quality, water audits, and climate change.

At the state level, the Division has successfully conducted an Environmental Assessment and developed an Environmental Management Framework for the state of Bihar. The Division is carrying out extensive research to understand the climate-induced mobilization of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the River Ganga. As the regional knowledge hub of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) in Water and Climate Change Adaptation, it has been actively involved in developing adaptation strategies through participatory approaches for local people at the river basin level. With special emphasis on the Himalayan ecosystem and with continued research on glacial studies, the Division is also involved in research on climate change impact on the hydrological systems in India.

Through a robust and efficient outreach channel, the Division has successfully organized two national-level stakeholder dialogues on the water—energy—climate change nexus. With a strong network of clients from government, international, and bilateral organizations, the Division envisages enhancing its competencies towards solution-oriented services and reaching a wider group of beneficiaries.