Dr Wieck inaugurates 2-day conference organized by the DWIH
The German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi is organizing a 2-day conference titled “Waterscapes” on 5th and 6th of October at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy New Delhi.
Enlarge image Dr Wieck & Stephan Lanzinger interact with other experts present at the conference (© DWIH)
During his inaugural address, Dr Wieck pointed out on water being an important area in the Indo-German bilateral cooperation. Around 200 participants, including students, researchers and other experts from India and Germany, attended the conference.
Dr. Wieck also mentioned that Germany has gained substantial experience in water management, for e.g. in cleaning up major waterways in densely populated areas, such as the river Rhine.
The conference has a special focus on the topics of water security and governance, urbanization and sustainable water resource management, hydro hazards such as floods and water contamination, and integrated river basin management.
In April 2015, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, agreed to cooperate closely in rejuvenating the holy river Ganga and today India and Germany are jointly focusing on the upstream state of Uttarakhand.
With the help of experts and companies, Germany is sharing its experience, knowledge and technology with India and the investment projects are being financed through KfW.
Addressing the audience, Dr. Jasper Wieck also highlighted the strong Indo-German cooperation in the field of Science and Technology, the ever increasing number of Indian students in Germany and strong research collaboration between the two countries. He commended the activities of the German House for Research and Innovation.
Enlarge image Around 200 participants, including students, researchers and other experts from India and Germany, attended the conference (© DWIH) Enlarge image Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt, Vice President, Free University in Berlin, gave a thought provoking lecture (© DWIH)
His address was followed by a keynote lecture titled ‘Integrated Watershed Management: Traditional knowledge for future challenges, general concepts and some insights from South Asia’ by Prof. Dr. Brigitta Schütt, Vice President of the Free University in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Schütt is among the 15 German experts participating at this conference.