1. A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of Water Resources Management between the Governments of India and Australia was signed on 10th November 2009 for a period of five years. Pursuant to signing of this MoU, a Joint Working Group (JWG) having equal members from each side was formed in 2010 and its first meeting was held during 15th-19th November, 2010 in New Delhi wherein an Action Plan charting out various activities for co-operation on Water Resources Management between the two countries was signed on 19th November, 2010. For preparing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Plan for Brahmani-Baitarani Rivers Basin in India, a Joint Workshop having water experts from both the sides was held at Bhubaneswar (Orissa) during 5th-6th October, 2012 to discuss the Plan’s concept and methodology, status of water availability and demand including future projections and the road map.
2. The second meeting of the JWG was held at Canberra, Australia during 29th April to 3rd May, 2013. Pursuant to the second meeting, a two-day master-class on Water Resources Management for senior officers of Ministry of Water Resources was conducted by the Australian water experts at New Delhi on October 30-31, 2013 followed by a specialized technical training of two-week period on Australia’s eWater Source river basin modelling system for technical staff involved in the preparation of Brahmani-Baitarani Rivers Basin Water Resources Management Plan at National Water Academy, Pune during November 18-29, 2013.
3. The third meeting of the JWG was held on 19.1.2015 at New Delhi to discuss future course of action. The MOU has been extended on 5.9.2014 for another five years.
4. The MoU on cooperation in Water Resources Development and Management between Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Republic of Rwanda was signed on 22nd January, 2013 at New Delhi. The areas of cooperation, inter-alia, include marshland and hillside irrigation; watershed management and water governance; irrigation projects proposals techniques; procedures of planning irrigation projects; guidelines for water management for irrigation; crop water requirements; pressurized and surface irrigation techniques; water availability and reliability for irrigation projects; water use efficiency technologies; on-farm water management including operation and maintenance; economic analysis; organization of water users associations etc. To take follow-up action on MoU, a Joint Commission has been formed. First meeting of the India-Rwanda Joint Commission will be held shortly in Rwanda.
5. During the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of Iraq to India in August 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding on mutual cooperation in Water Resources Development and Management between the Governments of India and Iraq was signed on 23rd August, 2013 at New Delhi. The areas of cooperation, inter-alia, include project hydrology, practising hydrology and hydrological modelling; applications of remote sensing & GIS in hydrology and water resources; integrated water resource development and management; flood and drought management; irrigation and drainage; surface and groundwater management and development; minor irrigation; modernization/renovation of old irrigation schemes; hydrometeorology; watershed, lakes and wetlands development; dam safety and surveillance; reservoir regulation; training and capacity building and micro irrigation. To take follow-up action on the MoU, India-Iraq Joint Working Group has been formed.
6. During the 17th India-Iran Joint Commission Meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in Water Resources Management between India and Iran was signed on 4th May 2013. The areas of cooperation, inter-alia, include development and management of water resources, both surface and ground water and particularly in respect of traditional system of water conservation, groundwater recharge, drought and impact of climate change on water resources. Both parties agree to invest on construction of irrigation and drainage networks. To take follow-up action on the implementation of the MoU, formation of a Joint Working Group is under process.
7. During the visit of Finance Minister of Republic of Fiji to India, a MoU for bilateral cooperation with Fiji in water resources management was signed on 12.2.2014 at New Delhi. The MoU envisages joint activities particularly in the areas of research and development, integrated water resources management, exchange of experts and training engineering specialists in water resources development and management, irrigation development for sustained agriculture development.
8. During the India-Bahrain High Level Joint Commission Meeting, a MoU in water sector was signed on 22.2.2015 at New Delhi between India and Bahrain. The MoU envisages cooperation in the field of water resources development and management, both surface and ground water through the sharing of technical expertise and experiences. It also covers exchange of information and knowledge, exchange of delegations, secondment of specialists, scientists, engineers, research and development in the areas of water resources development and management with special emphasis on water availability analysis, drought mitigation, rain water harvesting, water quality monitoring and impact of climate change on water resources.