We are pleased to present the second edition of the Visitors Programme. The program aims at a stimulating exchange between German and Indian experts working with water.
The visit to relevant and innovative projects in Germany and the Netherlands led to many reflections, group discussions and initiated new thoughts and approaches, while bringing experience, perceptions and inspiration back to Chennai from their visit in the context of urban water and ecological development.
The visit chiefly highlighted the ecological, cultural and social backgrounds of the water situations in big cities rather than the mere technical expertise. It was designed to focus on aspects such as urban river restoration, urban water management, democratic water governance, participatory change processes, and role of art and awareness programs, forging new relations between humans, institutions and nature.
The group got to discover first hand the merits of collective decision making. The “Berliner Wasserrat” (Berlin Water Assembly) is established as an open forum for everyone who wishes to become involved in the planning and implementation of this new Berliner Wasserbetriebe under the citizens’ control.