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Sustainability Concepts for Water Quality Protection

Dec 8

03:00pm to 05:00pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Dr.
Swamikannu is an expert on regulatory control of urban water pollution, and
served on a special committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to
advise the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He led the California
Environmental Protection Agency’s program to national prominence because of his
stewardship and pioneering efforts in addressing urban water pollution issues.
Dr. Swamikannu will present on sustainability concepts that are a core element
of the recommendations made to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to better manage water pollution in urban environments. The relevance
for Pakistan
is that it may consider the North American experience and develop a cost
effective and integrated approach to water quality protection, water resources
management, water conservation and biological
integrity maintenance for a sustainable future. He also looks forward
to better understanding the challenges in Pakistan for water quality
protection and water resources management. 

 

Brief bio-note of Dr Xavier Swamikannu:

Dr.
Swamikannu is currently in Pakistan
on the Fulbright South & Central Asia Regional Grant. He has served as
Chief of the Storm Water Program, California Environmental Protection Agency’s
(CalEPA) Water Board in Los Angeles,
until January 2010. He holds a Doctorate degree in environmental science and
engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA), and a Master’s in environmental sciences from Texas Christian
University. He completed
his undergraduate study at St. Joseph’s College
in Bangalore, India. Dr. Swamikannu is a national
expert in the area of storm water pollution control, and is credited with
advancing California’s
regulatory program to national prominence. During a career that spanned more
than two decades at the CalEPA, Dr. Swamikannu also partnered with the faculty
at UCLA to conduct storm water research, and has co-authored several research
papers with them. Dr. Swamikannu served from 2007 to 2009 as a member of the
special committee of the National Academy of Sciences that was created to make
recommendations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on
improving the management of urban storm water pollution in the United States.
The USEPA is presently implementing these recommendations. He received the
prestigious Stone Rollers Award in 2010 from the Centre for Water Protection in
Maryland for
his contributions to water quality improvement nationally.


India’s
regulatory framework for controlling surface water pollution has existed since
1974. India’s
program, which is focused on industrial wastewater effluents, has had arguably
limited success. The challenges India
faces today in controlling water pollution, as she assumes a global leadership
role, have only increased, and a new regulatory framework is needed, that is
current and relevant. Dr. Swamikannu’s Fulbright-Nehru research review the
existing regulatory framework in India to manage surface water pollution, and
offer recommendations on making it more effective in light of the divergent
U.S. experience with regulating point source wastewater pollution and diffuse
storm water pollution.

Chair: Dr Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad