Odisha Water Resources Department and UNICEF team up for better water management – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

BHUBANEWAR: The Department of Water Resources (DoWR) and UNICEF on Wednesday signed a Letter of Understanding (LoA) to collaborate on the department’s communication and policy initiatives. The effort aims to engage with the community on sustainable water management, prudent water use, equity in water distribution, water conservation, women in as the main stakeholders in water governance and participatory irrigation management.

Speaking on the occasion, the Principal Secretary of Water Resources, Anu Garg, said that the department, for the first time since its inception, is unleashing its soft power through increased community engagement in water governance. , water conservation and keeping water clean.

Launching a “Youth4Water” website for this purpose, Garg said that the overhaul of the state’s water policy, the development of the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) as a center of excellence, the “Youth4Water” and “Mo Nadi” campaigns are the key elements of the collaboration with UNICEF.

Signing the letter of agreement, UNICEF Field Officer Monika Nielsen said: “Large-scale urbanization, changing cultural patterns and industrial growth have forced us to think more strategically about water and communication and working to achieve the SDGs. As the challenges continue to evolve in different sectors, there is a greater emphasis on communication to address a few of these challenges. “

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