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One Day Workshop on “Water Accounting+ and Water Productivity Using Remote Sensing Data” – 23rd Jan, 2017

A One Day Workshop on “Water Accounting+ and Water Productivity Using Remote Sensing Data” was inaugurated by Sri B. G. Gurupadaswamy, Secretary to Government, Water Resources Department, Govt of Karnataka.

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A Brief Note on Water Accounting+:

Karnataka State is implementing an IWRM program in Tungabhadra sub-basin under Karnataka Integrated Sustainable Water Resources Management and Investment Program (KISWRMIP) with the support of Asian Development Bank.

ACIWRM is exploring various methodologies to establish water accounting at sub-basin level through various collaborative partnerships. At the same time would like to build the capacities of Nigama’s, WRDO and various stakeholders in Karnataka.

ADB has a Water Accounting+ project, currently with  several pilots in Asia, including for the major catchments in Cambodia, Vietnam and two catchments in India (Madhya Pradesh), and one sub-basin in Karnataka. ADB extended technical support to ACIWRM to benefit from this Regional TA program.

The project consists of three major activities:

(1) preparing monthly Water Accounts for selected historical years,

(2) water security diagnosis (i.e. interpretation of the accounting results), and

(3) training in the WA+ procedure and supporting in the interpretation of the results.

 

The Water Accounting Plus (WA+) framework is developed by UNESCO-IHE, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is a multi-institutional effort that aims to provide a valuable and reliable source of information regarding presence and utilization of water resources. The WA+ framework communicates information on water storage, flows and fluxes for a variety of land use systems.

The WA+ framework focuses on the use of remote sensing data as a reliable source of data, both technically and as well as objectivity. Datasets of precipitation, evapo-transpiration, soil moisture, net primary production, land use, water surface areas and water level datasets, etc., are used in the assessment. The water accounting reporting is based on sheets, tables and maps. Maps created from remote sensing, GIS and hydrological models form the basis of distributed computations on flows, fluxes and storage changes. This data is then compiled by Land Use – Land Cover (LULC) class.

In this context, a team of three experts from UNESCO-IHE namely, Dr. Wim Bastiaanssen, UNESCO Chair Global Water Accounting,  Dr. (Ms.) Elga Salvadore, Water Accounting Expert and Dr. Cai Xueliang, Water Productivity Specialist, Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance are visiting Karnataka during 23 – 28 January 2017. A one day workshop is scheduled on Monday, the 23rd January 2017 at 10.00 hrs at Hampton Hall, 4th Floor, Annexe Building, Hotel Fortune Park JP Cosmos, Race Course Road, Bengaluru for the benefit of all the senior officers and engineers to participate in the discussions to develop appreciation to Water Accounting and have a perspective on the possible applications by the NIGAMs, WRDO and other agencies.

The work carried out on Tungabhadra sub-basin by UNESCO-IHE and ACIWRM will be presented as a pilot case study.

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