The Shillong Water Conclave: Water Equity and Sustainability in the Context of North East India

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Dr David Molden was invited to ‘The Shillong Water Conclave: Water Equity and Sustainability in the Context of North East India’ organised by the Meghalaya Water Foundation together with the Government of Meghalaya, the India Water Foundation, GIZ-Climate change adaptation in India’s North East Region (CCA-NER), and ICIMOD. The Conclave provided practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders with a platform to discuss and address complex issues surrounding water and sanitation in the region. Dr David Molden was invited to present a keynote speech and to share his thoughts and experiences on how different communities – locally, nationally and globally – are trying to address challenges related to water. Dr Molden interacted with high-level officials including Mr Mihir Shah, Member of the Planning Commission of India, and Mr Phrang Roy, Chair of the Meghalaya Water Foundation, Shillong and Chair of the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS). Dr Molden also gave his input to the draft ‘Meghalaya Water Policy’ of the Government of Meghalaya, which is in its final consultative stages of development.