India – Scotland Water Partnerships
The Asia Scotland Institute in partnership with the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), High Commission of India, London and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (Ganga) is pleased to announce an upcoming live event to be live-streamed on the Asia Scotland Platform at 4pm on the 8th November 2021.
The roundtable event:
India Scotland Water Partnerships is an opportunity to learn about recent developments and milestones of the Ganga Rejuvenation project and to hear Scottish experts and counterparts’ ideas on how best to collaborate on the wide range of challenges presented by this monumental remediation effort, the largest infrastructure related ESG project of its kind in the world, touching upon the majority of the SDGs. It is a unique project in that sense, and as progress is made on the project more and more SDGs will be approached.
Tackling the challenges will require a great deal of interdisciplinary collaboration. Not only are water and wastewater treatment of importance, but there is increasing focus and urgency in applying renewable energies to the equation. There is also a high degree of interest in technologies that further the concept of the circular economy and in funding mechanisms that will support India-Scotland Water Partnerships.
The Ganga is the most sacred body of water for Indians and supports the daily lives of some 400M people. On its banks are countless sites of pilgrimage of religious and cultural importance, so addressing the technical challenges related to the Ganga clean-up will require a particularly sensitive approach when interacting with local communities.
Water is not a single area issue, it is a global problem and much like climate, requires a systematic interdisciplinary approach to be effectively addressed. The Clean Ganga initiative presents diverse opportunities for collaboration in R&D, project implementation and know-how exchange between government agencies, academic institutions, private enterprise and financial institutions.
It is our hope, from this event, to create an effective and long-lasting collaboration between Scotland and India, between government organisations, academic and financial institutions and enterprise, where knowledge, expertise and solutions are exchanged and applied in both directions.
Panellists on the Roundtable Include:
- The Asia Scotland Institute – Rick Minchom; Head of Development
- The Asia Scotland Institute – Roddy Gow; Chairman
- Indian High Commission, London – HE Gaitri Issar Kumar; Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
- Senior Officers of the National Mission for Clean Ganga
- James Hutton Institute (CREWS)- Professor Bob Ferrier; Director
- Aurora Sustainability Group – Dr. Isabella Guerrini de Claire; COO
- Scottish Environmental Protection Agency – Allan Reid; Director, Commercial Services
- Senior Officers of the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies
- Foresight Group – Jai Mallick; Associate, Institutional Capital
- Arup – Dr. Mark Fletcher; Global Water Leader
- Holistic Energy – Dr. Gen Cannibal; Technical Director
- Topolytics – Michael Groves; Founder and CEO
- Carbon Masters – Kevin Houston, Founder and CEO
- Celtic Renewables – Professor Martin Tangey; Founder and President
- Diageo – Michael Alexander; Global Head of Water, Environment, Agriculture Sustainability