Indo-French Water Network (IFWN)

The Indo-French Water Newtork (IFWN) aims to develop and strengthen partnerships between India and France in the water sector with a multidisciplinary perspective. It will support the transfer of initiatives, capacity building and practical solutions, which involve different levels of government (national, state, local), industry, academia, decision making bodies, NGOs, civil society and communities. In addition, IFWN strives to strengthen and expand the quality and potential of research in both countries by building greater interaction between France and India in the field of water.

IFWN aims to develop and strengthen partnerships between India and France in the water sector with a multidisciplinary perspective. It will support the transfer of initiatives, capacity building and practical solutions, which involve different levels of government (national, state, local), industry, academia, decision making bodies, NGOs, civil society and communities. In addition, IFWN strives to strengthen and expand the quality and potential of research in both countries by building greater interaction between France and India in the field of water.

List of ongoing IFWN projects supported by CEFIPRA

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Missions

The IFWN has the following primary objectives:

  1. Put in place a structured, regular, and longstanding dialogue between the French actors in the water sector, based in India or not, and Indian actors to favor a synergy between the actors ;
  2. Favor the development of collaborations in different sectors (academic, scientific, industrial, civil society, policy makers, elected representatives, etc.) between Indian and French actors, concerning the knowledge or the management of water in different contexts (urban, peri-urban, peri-rural, rural etc.);
  3. Promote interdisciplinary research projects with an emphasis on applied water technology in a social context;
  4. Support the transfer of initiatives, capacity building and practical solutions which involve different levels of government (national, state, local), industry, legal expertise, decision making bodies, NGOs, civil society and communities;
  5. Inculcate knowledge sharing among other actors in the water sector besides the members on the challenges linked to water;
  6. Reinforce the visibility of the IFWN and its actors through all appropriate mediums/ means.

Achievements

Within one and half year the network has achieved significant popularity in both the countries and till date more than 110 expertsfrom prestigious organizations, such as CEEW, ISRO, French Space Agency CNES, IISc, IITs, IITM, CSIR, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, AgroParisTech, CNRS and Bordeaux Urban Community have become an integral part of IFWN. Along with the academia and government organizations, many NGOs and companies such as Veolia, Swelia, Suez, Biome, Sahyogi and Grundfos have joined the network. To facilitate a structured dialogue between IFWN members, an interactive web platform was launched in June 2014. Other outreach activities include the production of two short films on water in India (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQEA7yN8Wo)and Indo-French science cooperation in water ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBuuiXbmsO4 ). Since its launch, IFWN has organized five Indo French workshops addressing climate change, land and water management, agriculture and urban water issues. These seminars have strengthened Indo-French relations by bringing together active participants from water science, technology, policy sectors, civil society and industry.

In 2015, IFWN will fund three more Indo-French workshops addressing environmental biotechnology at Chilika lake, sustainable water purification technologies, as well as Indo-French solutions for decentralized water at the 7th World Water Forum in South Korea. Moreover, IFWN is considering sending a delegation of Indian experts to the International Water Exhibition Hydrogaїa in France in May 2015 to discuss with French scientists and companies in water sector. IFWN also supports Indo-French science and technology projects: the French Embassy joined the Indo-European joint call for research projects on “Clean Water and Health” with the Department of Biotechnology, and is in discussion with the Department of Science and Technology to launch an Indo-French call for research projects in line with the War on Water Technology Program.

During his official visit to India, the French Foreign Affairs Minister chaired a panel on climate change on 1st July 2014. During his speech, the Minister praised Prime Minister Mr Modi’s commitment to cleaning the Ganga and other rivers, and offered France’s cooperation in this field through IFWN. France has extensive experience in the establishment and management of river boards, river basin management and in the revival of rivers. The IFWN Steering Committee suggested organizing an Indo-French focused expert workshop to identify the best areas for Indo-French cooperation in line with the ambitious National Mission for Clean Ganga.