As India heads towards an ever deepening water crisis, we seek to create efficient solutions for managing water resources. These include various initiatives to promote water conservation on the one hand, and on the other, to improve water use efficiency in industrial, domestic and agriculture sectors. To achieve our goal of ensuring long term sustainability of water resources, we focus keenly on policy interventions as well as developing the knowledge and capabilities of all our stakeholders.



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    Are our industries water smart?

    Industrial water use needs to be benchmarked. This will assist policymakers for enhancing industrial water use efficiency in India

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    A resilient planet needs water cooperation

    Why we need water-tight frameworks to resolve disputes

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    Towards sustainable irrigation

    Optimizing the water use efficiency in the Indian agricultural sector

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  • water electricity

    Policy Brief

    Water neutral electricity production in India

    Power plants are reported to be accounting for 87.8% of total industrial water consumption in the country

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    When every drop counts

    An inspiring story of how Barmer revived rainwater harvesting to give livelihood and drinking water security to poor families





Are our industries water smart?

Mr Anshuman
Mr Shailendra Kumar Tripathi
Ms Niyati Seth

The prospective water availability scenario is set to be the greatest challenge of the 21st century amongst all the users or sectors due to continued rising and competing demand, inefficient use, pollution, and added risks due to climate change.

Towards Sustainable Irrigation

Mr Qazi Syed Wamiq Ali

Agriculture is one of the major sources of livelihood for Indian farmers and contributes to the country’s GDP by 30% which is enormous this year.

Watershed management and development

Dr Naba Kumar Goswami

The primary cause for poverty and marginalization in rainfed rural areas is low crop and livestock productivity coupled with deterioration in the quality of land and other natural resources.


TERI-ITEC Courses 2017-18: Course VIII - Integrated approach towards sustainable development

March 12, 2018
to March 29, 2018


TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Government of India, for this programme. Under the TERI-ITEC programme, eight courses are being offered for the year 2017-18.

TERI-ITEC Courses 2017-18: Course VII - Natural Resource Security: Governance, Challenges and Opportunities

February 19, 2018
to March 9, 2018


TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Government of India, for this programme. Under the TERI-ITEC programme, eight courses are being offered for the year 2017-18.

World Sustainable Development Summit 2018

February 15, 2018
to February 17, 2018

The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), TERI's flagship event, has been conceptualized as a single platform to accelerate action towards sustainable development and especially climate change. The WSDS series seeks to bring together the finest minds and leading thinkers of the world to focus attention on the challenge of sustainable development and has emerged as a landmark event addressing issues pertinent to the future of humanity.


Alarming rise in coastal pollution

July 12, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
Deccan Herald

A recent report by TERI has drawn attention to the rising levels of pollution in India's long coastline which poses a threat to the health and wellbeing of human and other forms of life. The survival of some species of both flora and fauna may be in danger because the ecosystems that support them may disappear. The report has noted that large amounts of waste water and agricultural run-off which are let into the coastline are increasingly polluting the waters.

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TERI's Youth Programmes for Leadership and Sustainability

August 13, 2016
| The Goan |
Ms Ragini Kumar


India is one of the youngest nations in the world having more than 54 percent of its total population below 25 years of age. In order to reap this enormous human dividend, India needs to equip its youth with employable skills, knowledge and the right values. Towards this end, Environmental Education and Awareness (EEA) area at TERI has been persistently working across India to educate, empower and engage youth from higher educational institutes on issues pertaining to sustainable development. Over 500 colleges and universities are a part of the EEA network.

Ganga as a 'Living Person': Will it help?

June 22, 2017
| The Hindu Business Line |

The Uttarakhand High Court ruling confers on rivers a right to be restored. But finally, it is a multi-stakeholder exercise.


Discussion Paper : Perspectives on a Water Resource Policy for India

October 30, 2014

India sustains nearly 17 per cent of the world's population but is endowed with just four per cent of global water resources. About 50 per cent of annual precipitation is received in just about 15 days in a year, which is not being brought to productive use due to limited storage capacity of 36 per cent of utilizable resources (252 BCM out of 690 BCM). Leakage and inefficiencies in the water supply system waste nearly 50 per cent of usable water. The ground water level is declining at the rate of 10 cm per year. Over 70 per cent of surface water and ground water resources are contaminated.

Enhancing water-use efficiency of thermal power plants in India: need for mandatory water audits

December 24, 2012

This policy brief discusses the challenges of water availability and opportunity to improve the water use efficiency in industries specially the thermal power plants. It presents TERI’s experience from comprehensive water audits conducted for thermal power plants in India. The findings indicate that there is a significant scope for saving water in the waste water discharge, cooling towers, ash handling systems, and the township water supply.


Multidisciplinary research on natural resource conservation

We conduct water audits and quality testing that typically include: Estimation of building water use; recommendations of water saving fixtures; estimation of landscape water demand based on input on the soft areas, plant species factors, and the climatic factors; estimation of rainwater harvesting potential and recommendations on the reuse and recycling of treated waste water and rainwater, and appropriate waste-water management schemes and systems.


Associate Director, Water Resources
Area Convenor, Water Resources Policy & Management
Area Convenor, Centre for Himalayan Ecology