Lake Governance: The Pathway Forward

Indian cities are grappling with an ever-growing freshwater demand due to rapid urbanisation and exponential population growth. The treatment of the resultant wastewater has proved equally challenging. In this report, we explore the potential of decentralised sewage treatment plants, which are being promoted in cities like Bengaluru, to treat sewage at the source of generation.

May 2, 2020

Lakes are an integral part of Bangalore’s water system. They act as flood buffers, facilitate surface water – groundwater exchange, support ecosystems and serve as potential water sources. Despite these benefits, lakes are not managed well. To address this, we need to strengthen lake governance.

This article outlines a pathway forward for improved lake governance. 


Apoorva R., Veena Srinivasan, Shubha Ramachandran, V. Ramprasad

The authors conducted this work when they were with the Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (CSEI-ATREE). WELL Labs is now taking it forward in collaboration with ATREE.

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