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Dr. Ritesh Arya Hydrogeologist selected to be part of the 9th World Water Forum

March 29, 2020 03:31 PM

CHANDIGARH: Dr. Ritesh Arya Hydrogeologist, Ph.D. from Panjab University Chandigarh and Guinness World Record holder for exploring and drilling the Highest Artesian condition in the world for Indian ArmY in Ladakh added another feather in his cap when has been selected to be part of the 9th World Water Forum. He will be part of the Action Group 2.A Ensure universal access to water (in rural areas) under the Priority Rural Development.

This was confirmed to him by Chiara Christina on behalf of the International Steering Committee of the 9th World Water Forum to be held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2021.  This is the first time World Water Forum will be held in West Africa. The theme is "Water Security for Peace and Development". Prior to this in 2010 Dr Arya was the Coordinator of the Agneyodgara -Indnor Project a joint venture between India Norway and Iceland to study the Geothermal Development in the Himalayas.

In 2014 Dr Ritesh Arya was appointed Director Water and Geothermal Section of International Sustainable Energy Organisation (ISEO)Geneva. He was part of an international team that successfully hosted the World Clean Energy Conference 25th Anniversary in UN city of Geneva in 2016. He was also a member of the Water Management Board Government of Himachal Pradesh and Member Working Group National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee.

The World Water Forum is an event focusing on perceived issues surrounding water. It is hosted by the World Water Council and takes place every three years.1st was held in Morocco 1997 then Netherland, Japan Mexico Turkey France Korea and Brazil. The World Water Council is a French association founded in 1996, with its headquarters in Marseille, France.

It has 382 members which include organizations from the UN and intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, governments and ministries, academic institutions, international organizations, local governments, and civil society groups. Founders and constituent members of the World Water Council include the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature(IUCN), the International Water Association (IWA), AquaFed, Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, the United Nations agencies UNDP and UNESCO, and the World Bank.

Dr Ritesh Arya belongs to Kasauli of Himachal Pradesh and his indomitable spirit has goaded him to achieve greater height . He is also know as the Himalayan ‘Water Man’ for springing out water from the heart of inhospitable and rocky mountainous terrains in Ladakh.  In 1995 His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked him to help in providing potable water to 10, 000 Tibetans settled in the cold deserts of Choglamsar in Leh, Ladakh. He accepted the challenge and succeeded potable water there by drilling a bore well (highest bore well in the world) at an altitude of 11.000 feet above sea level.

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