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WATCH has two test regions, the first one is Europe and the second selected test region is the Northern Indian subcontinent. With the aim of facilitating working partnerships with Indian colleagues a planning and open science workshop was held from13 – 15 May 2009 in New Delhi, India. The open session was held on 13 and 14 May 2009 titles “Future of Water Resources in India under a Changing Climate” and was hosted at TERI’s India
Habitat Centre in New Delhi. This workshop aimed to discuss the state-of-the-art knowledge on glacier retreat and changing monsoon patterns affecting the water resources of the Ganges river basin.
The workshop included the kick-off meeting of the FP7 HighNoon project (www.eu-highnoon.org) plus the starting point for the collaborative work of WATCH with Indian and Nepalese partners. The HighNoon project will assess the impact of Himalayan glaciers retreat and explore possible changes of the Indian summer monsoon on the spatial and temporal distribution of water resources in Northern India. Both WATCH and HighNoon aim to provide a greater understanding of water resources in the Indian region as well as outlining strategies for strengthening the incentive for adaptation to water related extreme events.
The meeting was well attended by a strong delegation form the EU office in Brussels, as well as representatives from both the WATCH and HighNoon communities. This included EU and regional delegates plus delegates from the British embassy and research council, the Dutch and French embassies. WATCH looks forward to the upcoming work with ITT Delhi.