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Forum’s Activities in the Year 2008-2009.

Participation in UNDP’s Solution Exchange Water Community meet
The second annual meet of the Solution Exchange (SE) Water Community took place in Bangalore during 23-25 July 2008. On behalf of the Forum, K. J. Joy and Shruti Vispute participated in this meet and organized a stall on water conflicts under the knowledge mela. K J Joy was the resource person for the Water Conflicts theme in the knowledge Mela and Forum also put up the exhibition on water conflicts and also displayed other related materials like the water conflict book. It provided an ideal opportunity for Forum to get comments, questions, feedback from members and interact with a wide spectrum of people and also get a good feedback as what Forum could do. The questions/ queries received by the participants were taken up for discussion in smaller group and later summarized by K J Joy.
  
Queries on water conflicts on water community e-discussion
One of the important activities of the Solution Exchange water Community is its e-discussion. During the annual meeting at Bangalore this issue was discussed with Nitya Jacob and others from the Solution Exchange Water Community and it has been agreed that the Forum would initiate discussion among the members through queries related to water conflicts and one way we would do this is to formulate queries as per different types of water conflicts. So far we have posted queries on the following themes:
 
Flood induced water conflicts
Forum had posted a query on flood induced water conflicts on the background of the floods in Bihar. This query has received good response from academicians, development practitioners and independent researchers who are members of the water community. 
 
Query on drinking water related conflicts
Forum has also initiated a discussion on the query on drinking water related conflicts. The immediate context of starting this query was the Citizens Report on Domestic Water and Sanitation that is being planned by WaterAid India. Forum intends to contribute a chapter on drinking water related conflicts in the Citizens Report. The responses to this query will be further incorporated into the Citizen’s report.
 
Query on Sand Mining and related Conflicts
Forum also initiated a discussion on the query on sand mining and related conflicts. This query also received interesting responses from participants.
The Forum is planning to take a review of all the queries related to water conflicts posted on Solution Exchange i.e. flood induced water conflicts, conflicts related to drinking water and sand mining related conflicts. This review will be taken as a base for further discussion.

Coordination of the theme “Contending water Uses” during the SaciWATERs conference in Sri Lanka

South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) organised an international conference on Water Resources Policy in South Asia during 18 – 20 December at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Forum coordinated the theme, “Contending Water Uses and Users and Inter-Sectoral Equity in South Asia: Cases and Learnings for a New Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework" during the conference.
The Forum prepared a concept note and circulated widely inviting abstracts for the conference. Five papers were selected for the presentation in the conference.
1.      Economic Development and Intersectoral Water Conflicts: A Study of the Transitional Economy of Orissa, India by Dr. Padmaja Mishra and Dr. Aurobindo Behera       
 2.      Modeling the Conflict and (Possible) Cooperation over Cauveri Water Dispute: Insights from Drama Theory by Suman Ranjan Sensarma
3.      Contending Water Uses and Users and Inter-Sectoral Equity in India: Agenda for a New Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework by K. J. Joy and Suhas Paranjape
4.      Multiple Water Conflicts and their Magnitude in Minor Irrigation Tanks of South India (Necessity to rebuild Water Social Capital with Empowerment Model) by Dr. A. Gurunathan and Dr. N. Venkatesan
5.      Inter-Sector Allocation of Hirakud Dam Water: An economic Analysis by Dr. Sanjukta Das 

Participation in Meta Culture Film Festival

Meta-Culture Dialogics in collaboration with the Bangalore Film Society, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and Max Mueller Bhavan organized a week long international film festival on Conflict Resolution titled, “Peace and Conflict Resolution: Reflections through Cinema”. The festival was held in Bangalore between October 13-19, 2008, to mark the Conflict Resolution week. On behalf of the Forum K J Joy delivered a talk on ‘Water Conflicts in India: A Million Revolts in the Making: Moving towards Resolution and Prevention’. The poster exhibition on water conflicts and copies of the book were also displayed.

Contribution in One India One People Magazine

In response to the request received from One India One People, a monthly magazine (www.OneIndiaOnePeople.com) K. J. Joy has contributed an article titled ‘Water Conflicts in India: Need for an Inclusive Framework and Dialogue’ in their special issue devoted to water.

National Workshop on “Water entitlements and allocations for livelihoods and ecosystem needs and the legal-institutional framework for conflict resolution” 30-31 March 2009, Pune

Forum organized a two-day national workshop on “Water entitlements and allocations for livelihoods and ecosystem needs and the legal-institutional framework for conflict resolution” on 30-31 March 2009 in Pune.
The main objective of this workshop was to discuss and come to a shared understanding on two critical issues related to water conflicts and especially their resolution and prevention.
1.      Water entitlements and allocations for livelihoods and ecosystem needs
 2.      Legal-institutional framework for conflict resolution
 The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Baba Adhav, Maharashtra Rajya Dharan va Prakalp Grasta Shetkari Parishad (an umbrella organisation of the dams and projected affected people), Pune, Maharashtra. Prof. Ramaswamy Iyer chaired the Session. Eminent scholars, activists and policy makers from the water sector in India participated in this workshop including Prof. Ramaswamy Iyer, Prof. Janakarajan, Prof. Dulal Chandra Goswami, Dr. Baba Adhav, Ms. Medha Patkar, Dr. Bharat Patankar, Mr. Ajit Nimbalkar, Dr. Biksham Gujja and many more. Presentations on the two themes – Water entitlements and allocations for livelihoods and ecosystem needs and Legal-institutional framework for conflict resolution – were made by K. J. Joy and Philippe Cullet respectively. The workshop followed more of a brainstorming mode with intense group work. The workshop ended with a plenary on ‘Mapping entitlements, law and institutions: Way forward for conflict resolution and prevention’ on 31 March. The panelists included Achyut Das, Ajit Nimbalkar, Bharat Patankar, Dulal Chandra Goswami, Jayanta Bandopadhyay, Sunita Nadhamuni, Medha Patkar, K. V. Rao and M. S. Vani. (The proceedings of the workshop would be circulated separately soon).