WS2: Water Security Index
21.11.2023 14:15 – 15:45
Water is at the heart of basic human security—food, energy, culture, aesthetics. How water is managed will have repercussions on almost every aspect of human security, which is why achieving adequate water security is among the top priorities of government policies across the globe.
While formulating policies to enhance water security are important, even more crucial is monitoring the changes brought about by implementing these policies. This comes from the notion that the need of the hour in today’s time is to operationalize water security. However, as the adage goes, “we cannot manage what we cannot measure”.
This workshop will introduce the participants to a tool called WATSAT (Water Security Assessment Tool) that is meant to address this very need—How to measure water security? WATSAT has been developed by the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), the National Institute of Urban Affairs (India), Thuyloi University (Vietnam), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), and Central University of Rajasthan (India).
Guidance Notes for Participants:
Please bring a laptop with you for the hands-on exercise.
Supporting journal articles for the scientific background on the water security assessment framework:
- How to measure urban water security? An introduction to the Water Security Assessment Tool (WATSAT). doi: https://doi.org/10.30852/sb.2023.2166 – —
- Measuring water security: A vital step for climate change adaptation. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109400
- Urban water security: A comparative assessment and policy analysis of five cities in diverse developing countries of Asia. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2022.100713
- A disaggregated assessment of national water security: An application to the river basins in Thailand. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115974
Please feel free to explore the web-based version of the WATSAT tool at http://www.watsat.org/ prior to the training workshop.
Exercise data for the hands-on session are provided here for your reference:
|14:15 – 14:20||Opening Session (Ms. Jyoti Verma)|
Introduction of participants
|14:20 – 14:50||Water Security Assessment Tool (WATSAT) (Dr. Victor Shinde)|
Introduction to the water security assessment framework
|14:50 – 15:50||WATSAT Hands-on Exercise (Kaushal Chapagain)|
Creating an account
|15:50 – 16:05||Discussion on the utility of WATSAT and issues around water security (Dr. Victor Shinde)|
|16:05 – 16:10||Closing session|
Closing remarks and Vote of thanks
Kaushal Chapagain, Victor Shinde