Talking about the water conservation methods, Uma Bharti, Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said, "For long, we have continued to neglect this basic aspect, but mankind now needs to wake up to the reality. There are innumerable instances in our history and tradition that showcase the wisdom of traditional water conservation methodologies, and we would do good to match these with modern tools to create the most effective and scientifically-proven conservation techniques.”
She was speaking on the 2-day World Aqua Congress 2015 in Delhi. This annual event was organised by Aqua Foundation to bring all stakeholders together (policy makers, researchers, academicians, NGOs, technology providers, corporates).
The inaugural speech was given by Anupam Mishra, noted Gandhian, environmentalist and well-known writer on indigenous methods of water conservation.
According to Anupam Mishra, “Even in the 25th century, Rajasthan will continue to use only indigenous methods of water conservation. The knowledge that they have gained through experience is revered. Any attempt to introduce non-indigenous technology is bound to fail.”
Dr. Sanjay Rana, renowned Geophysicist and Chairman of Aqua Foundation said, “For long, traditional wisdom has been seen as opposite of modern science. The organisation is tirelessly working to change this notion and incorporate useful elements of traditional conservation practices as well as modern science and technology, to arrive at a comprehensive solution to present day’s problems and future challenges.”
‘Aqua Foundation’s Excellence Awards’ were the other highlights of the event. These awards are given to promote, encourage and recognise innovations and contributions in the field of water, environment & humanity. Eleven awards were given away by Uma Bharti in various categories.