How can we improve water management in Indian cities?
Awarded a grant under IDRC’s ‘Cities and Climate Change’ initiative, Athena is designing and implementing a comprehensive blue-print for water resource management – iAdapt. This focuses on the catchment and city level in the south Indian city of Vijayawada. As part of the study, Athena is conducting a baseline of the city’s hydrology and climate. This will develop into bespoke decision support tools and catchment management plans. Spread over 3 years, the project uses an evidence-based inter-disciplinary, stakeholder-driven decision making approach for cross-jurisdictional integrated water resource management. This aims to deliver enhanced awareness and effective participation of all stakeholders in adopting the approach at the urban, rural and peri-urban levels.