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APACExclusive:Investing in water means investing in economy: Henk Ovink, Brand Ambassador for Water, Embassy of Netherlands

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New Delhi: Partnering with India in water sector is important for Netherlands. This was stated by Henk Ovink, the special envoy for water and water ambassador for Dutch Embassy in New Delhi. He was speaking in the inaugural of virtual ‘Global Water Management Conclave’ organised by APAC Digital News Network in association with the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.

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‘Water is a scarce resource across the world and in India as well. There are enormous challenges such as climate change, floods and pandemic where water has a key role to play. Netherlands and India are partnering on multiple levels to curb this challenge,’ said Ovink.

He stressed on the importance for River basin management.’I would like to highlight on the Water Leverage programme which is focussing on urban water infrastructure in a participatory, innovative and inclusive way,’ he further added.

Ovink also said that they are working in ground level to scale up water management in an innovative way. According to him this programme enables increasing awareness about water conservation and restoration and we are working with schools to pass on the knowledge to citizens of every age group.

He stated that ‘in the pandemic situation, it is even more important to conserve and restore water as it is the first line of defence. Investing in water is investing in your community, economy and social security.’

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