Responsible Water Management
and CircularEconomy

Mar 03 - 06, 2024, IIT Roorkee

About The Event

Roorkee Water Conclave 2024

"Responsible Water Management and Circular Economy" aims to establish a common understanding of circular economy principles and resilience in the water sector and to support countries in implementing those principles. We strive to assimilate the learnings from different disciplines that cover various facets of Sustainable Water Management and Circular Economy. The conference also aims to accelerate interaction among various stakeholders.


Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee


03-06 March


Water is crucial for socio-economic development and links with nearly every Sustainable Development Goal. Nevertheless, water as a resource is unappreciated and used inefficiently. The increasing worldwide population and rapid urbanization have motivated a speedy increase in demand for water resources, while 36% of the population already lives in water-scarce areas. By 2050, the global population will nearly double, and four billion people will live in water-stressed areas. Due to climate change, many areas will be at risk of droughts and floods, which will likely increase in the coming decades. Circular economy has emerged as an answer to the unsustainable linear model of "take, make, consume, and waste". It offers an opportunity to identify and seize the complete value of water - as a facility, an input to developments, a source of energy and transporter of nutrients and other materials. In a circular economy, water is seen as a limited resource. Negative externalities are designed, impacts on natural resources are minimized, and watersheds, spring sheds, rivers and other natural systems are restored. Reusing water, avoiding water use wherever possible and using other resources are its keys. Designing water systems through circular economy and resilience principles provides a chance to tackle the water challenges by providing a systemic and transformative approach to delivering water supply and sanitation services in a more sustainable, inclusive, efficient, and resilient way. To achieve the full benefits of water, a circular water system must embrace resilience and inclusiveness. The conceptualization of a water-smart circular economy aims to generate a comprehensive picture of water and water-related ecosystems in the context of the circular economy.

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About IIT Roorkee
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is the successor of University of Roorkee and thus it is the oldest technical institution of the country established as the Roorkee College of Engineering in 1847 and rechristened as Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1857. It was elevated to the first Technical University of Independent India on November 25, 1949. In the year 2001, it was declared as the Institute of national importance and converted into Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) on September 21, 2001 Read more.

About NIH Roorkee
National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) is a premier Research and Development organization under the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. It was established as an autonomous society in 1978 with its headquarters at Roorkee. The Institute undertakes, aides, promotes and coordinates systematic and scientific work in all aspects of hydrology. Seven Regional Centres of the Institute are located in different physiographic regions of the country. The scientific and technical credibility of the Institute in conducting hydrological and water resources research is well recognized both at the national and international level Read more.