Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management (ACIWRM)
The Government of Karnataka (GOK) has announced establishment of an Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management (ACIWRM) in the 2011-12 financial year budget. The ACIWRM is the first of its kind in India. The rationale for this initiative was to create an enabling environment for the GOK to pursue its objective of moving towards achieving water and food security. The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) framework provides the opportunity to integrate the land and water related management aspects at the sub-basin and river basin levels.
The ACIWRM will act as a think tank to the Water Resources Department (WRD) and will engage in policy analysis, research, planning, capacity building and develop the knowledge base for gearing up the department up to its future vision 2030. The ACIWRM will work with the various departments of Government of Karnataka, agencies of WRD viz., Nigam's, WRDO, CADA, KERS & WALMI, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India and its agencies viz., Central Water Commission, Central Groundwater Board, National Water Mission etc., Technological Universities like IISc, V.T.U, civil society, the private sector, farmers and Water Users Cooperative Societies (WUCS), and other organizations to produce integrated advice to the WRD for managing the state’s water resources.
To be a global Centre of Excellence in enabling adoption of the principles of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
To facilitate the exchange of expertise, knowledge and experience in adoption of the IWRM Principles and to drive IWRM as a process.
To provide a platform for enabling partnerships of various stakeholders and interested agencies in IWRM to carryout policy analysis, action research, capacity building and networking.
The vision of the Government of Karnataka for AC-IWRM is: scientific and sustainable management of water resources to get the maximum water, food and energy security by balancing the demands of various sectors and to ensure harmonious sharing and utilization of resources by mutual understanding and coordination of various stakeholders.See more