ICWRGC engages with government officials from the Ganges River Basin
Mr. Asok Kumar, Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), visited the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) and the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) on 14 September 2022. The objective of the visit was to understand the management of the Rhine river and the Rhine river commissions. ICWRGC’s Dr. Luna Bharati gave a presentation introducing BfG and ICWRGC. In her talk describing the data centres hosted by ICWRGC, she emphasized the value of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data principles and the importance of participating in global climate monitoring initiatives to especially mitigate climate change impacts. Dr. Bharati also described the mandate and structure of the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin (CHR) and presented some ongoing activities such as the development of a hydrological information system.
Dr. Luna Bharati has also been requested to give a presentation in the Knowledge Exchange and Dialogue series on river basin management and cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region on 27 September 2022. She will participate in a panel discussion on opportunities for strengthening transboundary river basin management in the Ganges Basin. The knowledge exchange and dialogue series has been organized by the Australian Water Partnership and ICIMOD. It is a closed meeting with around 40 invited stakeholders from the Ganges riparian countries, representing government institutions, academia and international organizations. Dr. Bharati was asked to participate as she has been involved in research projects in the Ganges basin for 15 years, has published over 20 scientific papers and edited a book on the status and challenges in the Basin.