IFWN Steering Committee Meet
The Indo French Water Network (IFWN) Steering Committee met on the 12th of September 2013 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India.
The key deliverables of the meeting included the validation of the Charter of the IFWN; evaluation of the eligible proposals in the field of the water from collaborating French and Indian partners by the Steering Committee; and to define the future endeavours of the IFWN.
The Secretariat of the IFWN deemed five proposals eligible of the total received to present before the Steering Committee of the IFWN of which two were recommended by the Steering Committee for funding for the current year (More information: http://ifwn.org/results-ifwn-proposals-2013-14)
The Consul General of France, Mr. Eric Lavertu, presided over the meeting and emphasized the importance of research and efficient usage of water for both India and France. Addressing the Steering Committee and other participating observers, Dr N. Shantha Mohan underlined the need for convergence of goals of multiple stakeholders cutting across various disciplines with those of the IFWN.
The eminent members of the Steering Committee who made it to the meet this year comprised of: Dr Bernard Barraqué, Research Director, CNRS; Patrick Rousseau, Chairman and MD, Veolia Water India; and Dr Jacques Manem, CEO, Suez India from the French representation; and Mr Suresh Prabhu, Former Cabinet Minister; Mr S. Vishwanath, Director, BIOME Environmental Trust; Dr M.S. Mohan Kumar, Secretary, Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology; Dr Vijay Paranjpye, Gomukh Environmental Trust; and Mr S. Raghupathy, CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre from the Indian representation. The other observers included Mr Brune Poirson, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Veolia Water India; Dr Debapriya Dutta, Director, CEFIPRA; Véronique Briquet-Laugier, Science Counsellor, Scientific Service, French Embassy in India; Claude Masegosa, Director, Ubifrance and Dr. Jenifer Clark, Science Attaché and Mr. Gurjot Sachdeva, Scientific Coordinator, both from the Scientific Services, French Embassy – Bangalore, India.