About Knowledge Hub

TERI: Knowledge Hub for Water and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia

The Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF) supported by PUB Singapore, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has endorsed TERI as the Knowledge Hub for Water and Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia in 2009. This initiative intends to encourage knowledge sharing among partners from the South Asian countries through various modes and enhance their capacity to adapt to climate change.

TERI will act as a main facilitator for exchanging knowledge, sharing resources, providing solutions with the help of network of partners. Our objective is to work together with water and climate change experts and planners to create a more sustainable approach and system, which can adapt to changing external pressures taking small steps resulting into major outcomes.

TERI’s Expertise

TERI, headquartered in New Delhi, India, is an autonomous, not for profit international think tank, actively engaged in multidisciplinary research on natural resource management and conservation for more than three decades. TERI has emerged as a world leader in climate change research and works globally with various countries and multilateral organizations as a policy think tank and solution provider. TERI has an extensive global outreach, with affiliate institutes in North America and Europe and active presence in CIS countries, Central Asia and Middle East, South Asia, Japan and Africa. TERI’s work on water and climate has been pioneering and addresses issues related to floods and droughts, water pollution, rivers and wetlands, coastal areas, water in systems, water ecosystem services, economic instruments for water management, water-agriculture-energy nexus, institutions, governance and policies, management and conservation, water supply augmentation, water productivity and water use efficiency, water supply and sanitation and other cross cutting issues.

TERI’s Services

As the knowledge hub for water and climate change adaptation, TERI aims to promote a shared water vision that enables a dynamic multi-disciplinary learning environment in South Asia which fosters exchange of knowledge across borders for the betterment of human well being. TERI assists government agencies, non-governmental organizations, regional organizations, grassroot level organizations, civil society organizations, corporates and media through various operational strategies. More specifically, the hub will:

  • Strengthen the network partnership with the support of government/non-government and international organizations for collective action towards sustainable use of water and enhancing the water security of the region;
  • Develop and maintain database on climate change and water, leveraging on TERI’s wide network of international and national partners;
  • Develop a comprehensive water atlas at the country and regional levels including pattern of surface and sub surface water bodies, water in systems, water allocation and others using remote sensing and GIS platform;
  • Undertake fundamental and applied research on technological studies and socio-economic studies on climate change impacts, surface and groundwater management, aquifer mapping, transboundary surface and ground water governance, wetland management, water and food security, water foot printing, water and gender and others;
  • Improvement of the impact assessment models and downscaling it by increasing the knowledge gap in different sectors, thus providing a reasonable impact assessment and adaptation approach in South Asia. This enables water allocation and use through internalizing and integrating the associated risks and uncertainties for South Asia;
  • Developing micro climate models for different regions in South Asia for which enables localized scenario generation for water management, conservation and adaption strategies
  • Integrate climate change, hydro/hydro-geological and socio-economic models to develop different river basin and watershed scenarios with multiple coping options;
  • Develop a methodological framework for modeling and assessing the ‘agro-water-ecosystem’ potential and vulnerability in different climatic zones under business as usual and climate change scenarios and evaluate the system efficiency under varying land use, management and governance regimes;
  • Devise capacity building and awareness programmes on scientific and traditional wisdom on climate change impacts and adaptive strategies for water in various key systems like agriculture (including aquaculture and livestock), forests and biodiversity, coastal ecosystems, industry, tourism, transportation, cities and settlements, and infrastructure;
  • Organize training of trainers (ToT) programmes to enhance capacity in climate change impact assessment, integrated water resource management (IWRM), monitoring and evaluation, river basin and watershed management, water balance/ water positive/water neutral and water auditing, vulnerability assessments, disaster reduction, risk taking and averting scenarios, adaptive capacity enhancement, and others;
  • Prepare guidelines, technical manuals, and training modules on best practices for water use in each sector with hands on training on relevant models and softwares;
  • Facilitate scholar exchange programmes, visiting fellowships and internships among the partners;
  • Develop and maintain an interactive knowledge hub web portal for disseminating information and advisory support ;
  • Maintain online library on climate change and water ; newsletters and magazines on specific themes;
  • Organize ‘water care and water clinic’ campaigns and camps in selected regions for addressing the critical water issues;
  • Tie up with national and local media for timely dissemination of scientifically accurate information and educating the mass through systematic updates on relevant themes through dedicated columns
  • Assess the investment and financial flows required for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region and also identify the potential sources of funding
TERI’s Knowledge Partners

TERI facilitates regional networking with partners throughout the Asia-Pacific region to share knowledge, develop capacity, coordinate services, and collaborate on technology development and exchange.

TERI invites interested parties from the following types of organizations to join the regional water knowledge hub network of national and international partners.

Knowledge Hub: Mission and Vision

Knowledge Hub is defined as a center of excellence promoting knowledge exchange and capacity development on priority water topics by Asian Development Bank. KnowledgeHub’s mission is to deliver state-of-the-art, knowledge-based products and services that meet the practical needs of water organizations like utilities, river basin organizations, ministries, and planning agencies. Committed to transparency and continuous quality improvement, KnowledgeHubs aims to improve the water sector’s performance by promoting effective solutions and developing local capacity in organizations around the region.

Operating Structure

The knowledge hub works autonomously and is guided by 10 key operating principles for quality assurance. KnowledgeHubs contribute to APWF’s work and oversight is conducted by the APWF Governing Council. While the knowledge hubs work together as needed, each hub is entirely responsible and accountable for its own services and resources.

Key Operating Principles for Regional Water Knowledge Hubs
  • Vision and leadership for achieving results in the hub’s priority topic
  • A focus on meeting client needs with relevant and feasible solutions
  • An inclusive attitude to knowledge networking with clients and partners
  • An (international) team of experienced specialists working at the hub
  • A stimulating research environment at the hub, including internships
  • Generation, identification and dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge
  • Regular comparative analysis of progress in countries across the region
  • Excellent products and services for knowledge and capacity development
  • Adequate human and financial resources to develop the hub’s excellence
  • An entrepreneurial approach to developing a sustainable business model