Evidence for the need to preserve groundwater commons and aquifers is often shrouded in inaccessible scientific discourse. How can science speak in a language that enables ordinary citizens and communities to manage their groundwater resources? How can hydro-geological concepts be combined with traditional grassroots practices to inform policy? As part of its ongoing Groundwater Series, the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to a public lecture and discussion on 'Demystifying Science, Making Groundwater Accessible in India' by Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Founder Trustee and Executive Director of Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM).
Dr. Kulkarni will present an accessible but systematic approach to groundwater management in India, and how it relates to livelihoods and ecosystems. He will share his insights on the current status of research, the need for participatory processes to take science to society, decentralized groundwater governance and ways to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice.
This is the third lecture in the Groundwater Series.
About the Speaker
Dr. Kulkarni is one of India’s leading scientists on hydro-geology, groundwater management and groundwater governance with more than 33 years of experience in the field. He is the Executive Director of ACWADAM, which he co-founded in 1998. He obtained his Ph.D. from Pune University, was a CSIR scientist, and has worked in the corporate sector. He has been a Fulbright and UNESCO scholar.