Background

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee jointly decided to organize regular international conference every 2 years in the area of various facets of water to be known as Roorkee Water Conclave. The first water conclave was organized broadly focusing on "Hydrological Aspects of Climate Change" during February 26 - 28, 2020. The present water conclave is being organized broadly focusing on "Water Security for Sustainable Development" during March 02 - 04, 2022.

Water security is emerging as a primary tenet in sustainability debate across the globe, as water forms the fundamental link between the climate, the human society, and the natural environment. Realizing water security is the biggest challenge of researchers and policy makers in the 21st century, particularly with growing concerns of climate change impacts on already stressed water systems. Population growth, unconstrained water use, and shocks from climate change induced water-related disasters pose increasing risks on water resources. In response to the growing risks the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a dedicated goal for securing water resources (SDG 6) with the aim to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all in order to maintain safe access to water, addresses water scarcity, sanitation, and risks to sustainable use of water.

Understanding water security and its multiple facets underpins sustainable water resource management and key component of social development. Detailed and accurate information that can enrich understanding of the causes and determinants of water security in environmental, natural and societal aspects including climate, environment, food, energy, economy, and public health is needed to guide decision making around potential adaptation and mitigation solutions. Keeping in view, the importance of Water Security for Sustainable Development, it is necessary to identify the key issues and challenges, to promote enactment of SDGs globally.

Science and scientific research plays a key role in achieving water security goals in an integrated and equitable manner and guide policies. The Roorkee Water Conclave, 2022 strives to assimilate the learnings from different disciplines that cover various facets of water security. The conference also aims to accelerate interaction among various stakeholders.