Partner 1: UMR SAS (Soil, Agro- and Hydro-systems spatialization ; INRA-Agrocampus Ouest) team has acknowledged experience in integrated modelling of agricultural watersheds, especially nutrient cycling and scenario assessment. SAS will host the activities of UMR Selmet.
Partner 2: UMR AGIR (AGroecology, Innovations, teRritories) is a 80-permanent multidisciplinary research unit (bio-technicians and social sciences) from INRA and three high education schools on agriculture and agronomy from Toulouse. Its scientific objective is to produce knowledge, models and devices to design and support technical and organizational innovations within a sustainable management of regional agricultural and environmental resources. AGIR will host the activities of UR MIAT
Partner 3: TSE-R is the second French research department in economics in terms of permanent researchers and scientific publications. Its research topics include environmental and resource economics, and in particular empirical and theoretical analysis of water use and management, and deign of public (environmental) policies. TSE-R has built strong links with French and international research teams through a variety of interdisciplinary projects on water issues, biodiversity conservation and environmental impacts of land use change and agricultural practices.
Partner 4: University of Rennes 2 is the more important center of research and high education in letters, languages, humanities and social sciences of the West of the France. It integrates the LETG lab (UMR 6554 CNRS, 170 members). LETG research activities fit in the fields of geography and environment. Its research topics are the study of interactions between nature and society at different scales on areas characterized with important environmental and societal problematics.
Partner 5: UMR GET (Geosciences Environnement Toulouse) is part of the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées and gathers more than 160 permanent staff in Earth Sciences and Environment. It is leading the International Joint Laboratory “Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences” (LMI CEFIRSE / IJL IFCWS), set up in 2001 and located at the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore). Associating 3 Indian Institutions (IISc, NIO, IITM) and 5 French Institutions (IRD, INRA, CNRS, Univ. of Toulouse and UPMC), it involves the equivalent of 30 full time equivalents of researchers, of which 7 French scientists on deputation in India, and 28 PhD students. Scientific activities are pursued around four research themes: (1) Adaptation of pristine & agro- systems to global changes, (2) Continuum ocean-continent-atmosphere: Hydrological cycle & climate variability, (3) Environmental biotechnology and bioremediation, (4) Urban catchments & water systems. UMR GET will host the activities of Laboratoire d’aérologie, OMP on measurement and modeling of nitrogen gaseous emissions, and of CESBIO, OMP on Environmental modeling.
Partner 6: UMR EMMAH (INRA-UAPV), is a multidisciplinary research unit which scientific objective is to develop knowledge and tools for analysing and predicting the impacts of global changes (climate, land cover, agricultural practices) on water ressources and agricultural production at the territory scale. Strong expertise in soil and crop modelling, measurement systems, remote sensing and methods for combining models and observations has been developped for describing landscapes evolution and interactions between surface processes and groundwater behaviour. UMR EMMAH will host the activities of UMR LISAH on soil science and expert in Digital Soil Maping and some of the STICS team members from UR AgroImpact- INRA and US AgroClim – INRA.
Partner 7: IFP, French Institute of Pondicherry, India is an interdisciplinary research unit, based in Pondicherry (South India) since 1955 under the umbrella of French Ministry of Foreign affairs. It has developed extensive networks with institutions of excellence in India and local partnership in the field of Social Sciences, Ecology, Indian Classical Studies and Geomatics.
Associate Indian partners
The project will build on the Indo-French partnership initiated during the CEFIPRA project AICHA (2012-2016): IISc Bangalore/LMI CEFIRSE (Hydrology, hydrogeology, remote sensing) and ATREE- Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (hydrology, Social sciences). It will be expanded to the consortium gathered by the Karnataka Watershed Department under the Sujala III project. The partnership with these institutions will allow the current proposal to have a direct impact on capacity building of Indian institutions and dissemination of scientific results for extension services to stakeholders.
IIsc (Indian Institute of Science) is the premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education in India. A strong collaboration has been developed since 2001 between IISc and the proposing French team through the IJL CEFIRSE (see above).
ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) is a research institution based in Bangalore, India. It has acknowledged experience in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It is one of the few institutions in India promoting interdisciplinary approaches integrating research with policy and action in addressing key environmental problems.
WDD (Karnataka Watershed Development Departement) is a state government body created in 2001 to federate the different Departments (Agriculture, Forests, Livestock, etc.) involved in watershed management in the objective to create a multidisciplinary team to achieve the watershed objectives. It is in charge of formulating policies, planning, organizing, co-ordinating the activities and implementing several projects including the Sujala-III project (World Bank).
Main scientific partners in Sujala-III are ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Sciences and Land Use Plannnig Bangalore (ICAR-NBSS&LUP), Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore, University of Horticultural Sciences (UHS) in Bagalkot; University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Bangalore, Dharwad and Raichur ; Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (KSRSAC), Bangalore Karnataka State Natural Resource Disaster Monitoring Cell (KSNDMC), Bangalore.