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Australia India Water Security Initiative (AIWASI)

Australia India Water Security Initiative (AIWASI):

The Union Cabinet has approved a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between India and Australia on Technical Cooperation for Australia –India water Security initiative (AIWASI).

  • AIWASI is a project Under South Asia Water Security Initiative (SAWASI) of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia.
  • It aims to work towards the Water Sensitive City vision which is based on holistic management of the integrated water cycle.
  • AIWASI will strengthen India’s water governance and undertake investments that provide.
    • urban water services,
    • support to disadvantaged communities to access reliable, safe water and sanitation services.
  • The project will undertake and deliver a Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) demonstration project.
  • This AIWASI project is also a ‘living laboratory’ with multiple educational, social and environmental benefits like water literacy of students and the community, creation of green spaces, improved air quality from blue-green infrastructure and rejuvenation of degraded water bodies and aquifers.