Water experts from Royal HaskoningDHV are playing a key role in the trade mission to India that is taking place this week and which coincides with the state visit of the Dutch King and Queen to the country.
Image: The Dutch King and Queen met delegates, including Lisette Heuer, participating in a high-level round table event at the Indo-NL Technology Summit.
The delegates have attended a series of events and meetings aimed at exploring Indo-NL collaboration as India seeks to tackle the issues presented by rapid urbanisation and frequent extreme weather events whilst also maximising the economic potential of its cities.
Collaboration to improving resilience for India’s cities
The trade mission has included the Indo-Dutch technology summit 2019. As part of this, water delegates took part in a panel discussion regarding the creation of water resilient cities.
In addition, Global Director Flood Resilience, Lisette Heuer, joined top industry, national and local government representatives for a high-level round table event. Following which recommendations were presented to the Dutch royal couple.
The discussions were designed to explore and highlight the opportunities for collaboration and investment to strengthen the resilience of India’s cities, allowing them to maximise the potential created by the government’s ambitious programs.
Lisette said: “India is subject to extremes of weather as the recent floods in Kerala, Mumbat, Patna, Hyderabad and other areas have shown. Improving resilience of water systems and other critical infrastructure such as airports and ports can help mitigate the effects of both drought and flooding and support the long-term growth and economic prosperity of the region.
“In order to achieve this we must build cross-industry and national partnerships to pool finance resources, knowledge and expertise. This week’s trade mission has been an excellent opportunity to explore these links and work towards an inclusive, harmonious and prosperous ecosystem within which India’s cities will prosper.”
Lisette will also be part of the delegation’s visit to Kerala, the region that was affected by severe flooding in recent years. The focus for this part of the mission will be on the Kerala government’s ambitious Build Back Better program.
Royal HaskoningDHV has over 60 years of experience in India with its offices in Noida (NCR) employing over 200 people. In addition, the company has regional offices in Mumbai, Bangalore and Bhopal and project sites across the country.
The trade mission runs from 14-18 October.