Towards Water Sensitive Cities – Experience of Approach and Practices in Australia and India

Dates: 18 November 2020  |  25 November 2020

Time: 10-11.30am (IST) / 3.30-5pm (AEST)

Language: English

About the webinar series

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India in partnership with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) and Alluvium International (Alluvium) are organising a two-part webinar series on 'Towards Water Sensitive Cities - Approach and Practices in Australia and India' .

The webinar series, sponsored by the Victorian Government, aims to increase awareness and advocate for the planning and design of water sensitive cities in India, and to share experiences from both countries.


Australia has been on a journey in transitioning to ‘Water Sensitive Cities’. The Australian State of Victoria and its capital Melbourne are known internationally for its liveability which is underpinned by a world leading approach to delivering a water sensitive city. India is embarking on ambitious plans to transform its urban environments. A water sensitive approach can enhance liveability and other outcomes in cities across India.

CSE, CRCWSC and Alluvium have entered into a Knowledge Partnership in 2020 with the aim to share research and practical experience on Water Sensitive Cities between Australia and India. The CRCWSC and Alluvium are two lead contributing organisations in Australia which envision future cities and towns, and their regions, to be sustainable, resilient, liveable and water sensitive. The CRCWSC publication Transitioning to water sensitive cities - Insights from six Australian cities identifies the strategic priorities for Australian cities to achieve their Water Sensitive Cities visions. CSE-SWW has also recently published India’s first Practitioner’s Guide on Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP) in 2017, as part of its knowledge support to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India in the area of sustainable urban water management.

This two-part webinar series is the first to be offered under the Knowledge Partnership.

Webinar 1: Towards Water Sensitive Cities in Australia and India (18 November)

The first webinar will give the opportunity to learn from the experience in Australia, with a particular focus on the State of Victoria – in terms of the research, policy and implementation over the last two decades – as well as recent advances in India. A panel discussion will also be held to identify the mechanisms and levers that exist to implement water sensitive principles into India Smart Cities and AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) program.

Webinar 2: Recent adoption of 'Water Sensitive Cities' approach in India (25 November)

The second webinar will give the opportunity to learn in more detail the issues facing Indian Cities and how water sensitive approach can make a difference. This will be demonstrated by a range of exemplar projects at a range of scales from both India and Australia.

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