Dr. Vishwas Mehta, IAS

The devastating Kerala floods of 2018 and 2019, due to the extreme climatic variations have underlined the urgency and significance of developing strategies for flood management in the State through an integrated approach in congruence with Integrated Water Resources Management, which has been identified as one of the recovery strategies for building a flood resilient Kerala.In this context, Water Resources Department of Government of Kerala is organizing this National Conference on ‘Policies and Strategies for Flood Management: Kerala Scenario’ under the aegis of National Hydrology Project (NHP) and Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP), Ministry of Jal Shakthi, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.

It gives me extreme pleasure to invite all engineers, policy makers, academics, researchers, scientists, and professionals working in flood management and related fields in India to this National Conference being organized by Water Resources Department of Government of Kerala during 23rd and 24th of January 2020 at Trivandrum, Kerala. I sincerely hope that the conference will bring convergence of the brightest minds in the field and provide a stage for sharing path breaking ideas to enhance the capabilities of the State to tackle the fury of floods. I anticipate inspiring and enlightening deliberations on various facets such as impact of climate change, urban floods, riverine and coastal flooding, land use control measures for flood risk management, landslides, disaster preparedness, room for river concept, flood control dams, flood forecasting and early warning system, etc. Furthermore, the conference will also showcase the latest products and services in the field through an Exhibition.

I am looking forward to a wider participation and the conference to be a grand success.

Dr. Vishwas Mehta, IAS
Additional Chief Secretary,
Water Resources and Home Department,
Government of Kerala.