Dam safety is an important facet of the World Bank's support to its member countries, both from the perspective of disaster risk mitigation and because of dams' impact on water security in the changing climate. The World Bank partners with countries around the world on different aspects of dams.
India is home to some of the world’s largest water storage and diversion infrastructure with over 5200 large dams. These structures are critical to the nation's agrarian economy and consequently livelihood and food security. The World Bank is supporting the Government of India’s Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) which aims at repairing and rehabilitating over 223 dams in seven states of India: Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand. The International Dam Safety Conference organized under the aegis of DRIP is a platform which the Bank envisaged to provide for an exchange of knowledge between academia, civil society, government, industry, policy institutes and think-tanks. This knowledge exchange will benefit Indian Dam Managers by providing them with the latest know-how, tools and technology of relevance to dam safety, and capitalize on innovations for managing dams in an effective and sustainable manner.
We welcome you to actively participate in the upcoming conference and share your valuable knowledge and experience.
I look forward to seeing you in Bhubaneswar on February 13-14, 2019.