GIZ partners the 8th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum
9-13 October, 2015, NDMC Convention Centre, New Delhi
The 8th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum was organised by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) at the NDMC Convention Centre, New Delhi, during 9-13 October, 2015. GIZ was one of the Programme Partners of this event.
The theme for this years’ festival was “Water for Life” with special focus on “Conserving the Water Bodies”. The event was supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and had participation from eminent organisations including public sector units, civil societies, corporate, media, etc.
At the venue, GIZ had set up an exhibition stall to portray the findings of a research study which documented the status of water bodies in and around the resettlement colonies in Delhi. The study was conducted by GIZ under the Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme (ICPP), in collaboration with a Delhi based NGO, FORCE.
On the second day of the event, site visit to a local water body in Delhi was conducted by CMS in collaboration with GIZ. The team including eminent academicians, professionals, researchers and students visited a water body beside Baba Gangnath Temple near the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in South Delhi.
During the event, GIZ - Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme co-hosted a Roundtable Discussion on "Reviving Local Water Bodies" on October 10, 2015. The eminent panellists included Mr. Anupam Mishra (Environmentalist and Water Conservationist), Mrs. Aparna Das (GIZ, India), Mr. Mohan S. Rao (Integrated Design, Bengaluru), Ms. Jasveen Jairath (Save Our Urban Lakes, Hyderabad), Mr. Leo Saldanha (Environment Support Group, Bengaluru), Mr. Manu Bhatnagar (INTACH, New Delhi) and Mr. Nitya Jacob (WaterAid, New Delhi). The discussion was organised with a view to bring attention on the neglected state of water bodies such as lakes and tanks in our cities and a need to revive these. The session facilitated sharing of personal experiences by the key speakers on restoration of water bodies and conservation of such entities with the larger urban planning discipline.
Based on these discussions, a white paper presenting the issues will take the discourse and key learnings from the forum to other stakeholders. It will also feed into local discussions in the traveling festivals that will be organized in five different cities on various water issues, including water quality and health issues.