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India – Scotland Water Partnership
The Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to have had the opportunity to support the Indian Government, CGanga and National Mission For Clean Ganga (NMCG) with the Glasgow leg of the Ganga Connect five city exhibition tour of the UK last month and are looking forward to achieving a positive impact on the Clean Up of Mother Ganga
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.
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