7th Asian G-WADI Meeting cum Workshop at CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India 

7th Asian G-WADI Meeting cum Workshop

at CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India

with the support of National Institute of Hydrology & IHP Indian National Committee (Ministry of Water Resources, RD-GR, Govt. of India), Roorkee, India

November 26-30, 2017, Hyderabad, India



Safeguarding Water Resources in Semi-arid regions through Integrated Management

G-WADI, a global network on Water And Development Information for arid lands (www.gwadi.org) is a and flagship program of UNESCO. Under this program, a number of regional network have been established and Asian G-WADI (http://asian-gwadi.westgis.ac.cn) was formed during 2004 with its first secretariat in India at National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee with initially 3 countries, India, Iran and China. As far as water is concerned, arid and semi-arid countries face the most challenges in managing this resource. Thus such network was created to learn from each other’s experiences and adopt best practices through this network for a successful water management. Annexure 1 provides detailed objectives and Annexure 2 its further details on the member countries and pilot basins etc. At present 13 countries have joined the network of Asian GWADI.

Under this program, a few representative areas have been selected for detailed study so that findings could be shared, discussed, improved and implemented in the best possible way. A series of meetings are therefore, held in the member countries to discuss the progress in the study as well as advances in the field of water sciences. The 1st meeting of Asian G-WADI was held in Roorkee, India during 2004 and since then 5 subsequent meetings were held in China and Iran where annual or bi-annual progress have been discussed.

We have recently celebrated very well the progress of the network in more than a decade in Beijing, China organized by the CAREERI and CAS, Peoples Republic of China. Now we have to march faster and up-scale most of the knowledge gained in different environments. The Asian GWADI has also grown bigger and have the advantage of inclusion of the study areas from a variety of agro-climatic and geological regions. Thus next and 7th meeting is proposed in India with following objectives.

  1. GWADI has established very well with the working knowledge on the applications of Remote Sensing, Rainfall-runoff relations as well as surface water dynamics including Climate Change. However, the knowledge on the groundwater system has been lacking behind although, groundwater works very well as a risk saver if we adopt integrated water resources management. At the same time a large number of uncertainties are associated with groundwater due to inherent variability.
  2. We have overcome this uncertainty to a greater extent by obtaining a 3D continuous picture of the subsurface in the form of Aquifer Mapping using airborne geophysical investigations.
  3. However, rainfall that is source of water has been greatly affected by the Climate Variability and has further added the uncertainties. The impact on groundwater is very well established and observed. Groundwater is most affected due to Climate Change in the form of erratic rainfall, increase in temperature, sea level rise etc.

Now under the changing climate scenarios and with an enhanced knowledge of sub-surface, the estimates of all components of groundwater cycle need to be revisited and bring out an improved or modified methodologies for the same. This is urgently required as this will greatly affect the planning as well as sustainable management.

This is why a workshop is proposed in the form of next Asian GWADI meeting at the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India to learn from the working experience in different agro-climatological regions and bring out a revised document embedded with improved and stochastic estimates under Climate Changed scenarios.

UN-SDG may be successful only if we reduce the uncertainty of the estimates of the groundwater fluxes that have been changed considerably due to Climate variability.

The expected Number of participants is 45 (with 19 from abroad from the member countries, experts and UNESCO officials).

The outcome of this meeting will bring out a document that includes the guidelines to improve and test the methodologies to estimate various fluxes of the groundwater system for an Integrated Water Resources Management and test them in well-studied watersheds to bring out the finalized recommendations by a working group.



UNESCO Contact: Mr. Ram Boojh (r.boojh@unesco.org) and Ms. Elesabeth Vasu (e.vasu@unesco.org), UNESCO, New Delhi Office, 1, San Martin Road, New Delhi, India


Local Contact in Hyderabad:  Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Chief Scientist,

CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute,

Hyderabad-500007, India

Ph: +91 40 27012857 & 27012646 Fax: +91 40 27012647

Mobile: +91 9849919496

Emails: shakeelifcgr@gmail.com & shakeelahmed@ngri.res.in

Mike Edmunds Passed away – One of the founding Father of the G-WADI programme

Professor-Mike-EdmundsDear colleagues
I am very sad to inform you that Prof. Mike Edmunds Passed away yesterday. Mike was a true friend of UNESCO IHP for many years and one of the founding fathers of the G-WADI programme.
He attended and provided leadership to one of the recent G-WADI meeting in Serbia in December. His role was instrumental to establish G-WADI regional networks in Asia, Africa, LAC, Arab region and recently in Europe. More recently with Will Logan he was contributing to update Isotope tracers in G-WADI site.
Will miss Mike as a scientists a friend and true believer of IHP programme.

Best regards,

In Memoriam: Professor W. Mike Edmunds


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Concept Note: 6th Asian G-WADI and 1st IDI Expert Group Meeting

6th Asian G-WADI and 1st IDI Expert Group Meeting

Groundwater Management in Arid and Semi-Arid regions of Asia: with a view to the groundwater situation in Iran

13 – 16 June 2015, Tehran, Iran

Groundwater is a reliable resource for drinking and production both in terms of quantity and quality. Many Asian countries depend on groundwater for sustenance and their economic activities depend highly on this resource. Problems such as decreasing water tables, reduced well yields, land subsidence, and salinity intrusion that have emerged from overexploitation of groundwater are hindering development and introducing socioeconomic losses.Appropriate policy measures are urgently required to cope with the emerging problems and to manage groundwater in a sustainable manner while taking full benefit of it for the development of Asia.

In this connection, the experience of arid and semi-arid countries dealing with water scarcity and drought related challenges will be shared among the Asian G-WADI countries, and particularly with Iran, through the Asian G-WADI5 Network Meeting. The ultimate goal of this meeting is to improve the national policies for groundwater management in the region as well as Iran towards water security for the growing population in present and future. The other expected outcomes include:

  1. Sharing national/regional experiences in groundwater management and finding solutions for sustainable groundwater harvest/extraction;
  2. Risk reduction in finding appropriate solutions for the challenge of water scarcity in arid and semi-arid countries, particularly Iran; leading to reduced monetary losses and social impacts;
  3. Providing information on current UNESCO-IHP programmes in relation to groundwater management and water management in arid zones (G-WADI);
  4. Networking among the groundwater institutions and specialists with regional water policy making authorities;
  5. Developing activities within the framework of the IHP VIII (2014-2021) ‘Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’

The principal target participants of the workshop are senior decision makers at the Ministry of Water of the regional countries and the I.R of Iran. In consultation with the G-WADI secretariat, IGRAC and UNESCO Offices in the Asia-Pacific region (Almaty, Bangkok, Beijing, Indonesia and Jakarta), speakers will be identified to share experience of other countries as well as UNESCO projects on sustainable groundwater management.

For more details, please refer to the attached concept note.

Concept Note- regional G-WADI meeting on groundwater- 2 March (pdf, ~465KB)

2015 Call for Application-CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme For PhD Candidates

According to a new agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world, including 60 from developed countries, will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years.

This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars that are non-Chinese citizens an opportunity to pursue PhD degree studies at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.

Under the terms of the CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home countries to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). TWAS will select 80 awardees from developing countries to support their international travel, while CAS will support the other 120 including 60 from developed countries. Any awardee on site in China, the host country, at the time of application will NOT be eligible for any travel reimbursement. Visa fee will also be covered (once only per student/scholar).

Thanks to generous contribution of CAS, fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (to cover accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 or RMB 8,000 from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all PhD candidates after admission. All awardees will also be provided tuition and admission fee waivers.

For complete information, please read the attached files.

Asian G-WADI members, if you or your students are interested in such fellowship, feel free to contact Dr. Xiaoduo Pan and Prof Xin Li at CAREERI/CAS. We are happy to assist you in this application.

Deadline: Mar 31, 2015