ICE WaRM hosts India’s Federal Secretary of Water: 18 – 26 June 2016

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016

One of India’s highest level government water officials was hosted by ICE WaRM on a Study Visit to Australia for one week. The delegation included: Shri Shashi SHEKHAR, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Shri Radhey Shyam JULANIYA, Assistant Chief Secretary (Water Resources), Government of Madhya Pradesh

The Study Visit included site inspections and high-level meetings with key water people including SA’s Water Minister Ian Hunter and BoM in Melbourne. It was a tight schedule that included the Murray Mouth, Groundwater interception schemes along the River Murray, Shepparton and Loxton irrigation sites.

Issues addressed during their visit included:
1.   Water reform and policy development – District, State and Centre perspectives
2.   Trans-boundary water management and institutional operation for collaboration across a basin
3.   Water data management for policy and planning including the use of basin and river modelling
4.   Capacity building in water management
5.   Stakeholder and industry involvement
6.   Groundwater management (and its inter-relationship with surface water)
7.   Urban and industrial water management and treatment
8.   Water recycling, aquifer storage and recovery, drought management to support efficient water use
9.   Water allocation regimes to support the most valuable use of water
10. Managing environmental flows and their importance for healthy working rivers
11. Irrigation practices including the use of modern technologies to measure and manage soil moisture and water delivery
12. Dry-land farming practices to support improved yield through water use efficiency

From left to right: Dr Ian Reid ICE WaRM; Shri Shashi SHEKHAR Fed Water Sec; Hon Ian Hunter SA Water Minister; Shri Radhey Shyam JULANIYA Assist Chief Sec Water Resources Madhya Pradesh; Tim Goodes Group Executive Director Strategy and Advice DEWNR