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.”