OEC 2016


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are key issues in environment protection and core of the sustainable development. Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene are pillars of human health and well-being.

UN’s new 2030 Agenda has water and sanitation at its core, with a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation and clear linkages to Goals relating to health, food security, climate change, resiliency to disasters and ecosystems, among many others. Reaching the ambitious objectives of the 2030 Agenda demands that we address universal access to drinking water and sanitation along with issues of quality and supply, in tandem with improved water management to protect ecosystems and build resiliency. In this context, the proposed Odisha Environment Congress on WASH has lot of relevance.

Odisha being one of the developing States in India, has several challenges to achieve the desired goal of SDG on WASH by 2030. The envisaged objective of the OEC 2016 is to bring together academicians, activists, policy makers, industry and media houses to discuss, debate and deliberate on environment and WASH and come up with implementable solutions to achieve the goals relating to WASH. The issues pertaining to the theme needs to be taken to larger public domain, specifically to the young masses, and hence OEC 2016 plans out various other activities apart from invited paper presentations by experts/scientists and junior researchers on specific topics related to focal theme – “Environment: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” with relevance to Odisha.


To provide a platform for interaction among the researchers, policy makers and leading experts in the field of Environment and WASH” so that they come up with innovative and creative ideas to address key challenges in achieving the desired result in WASH in Odisha’s context.
To enhance the networking between various research organizations, government and non government organizations working in the field of environment, water, sanitation and hygiene and encourage them to work towards achieving Goal of SDG in WASH.
To generate specific knowledge base on protecting environment through WASH interventions.
To generate awareness about environmental impact of WASH and come up with strategies based on scientific and rational approach involving different stakeholders.
To offer an open forum for community members to interact with scientific community.
Sub Themes:

Universal and equitable access to safe drinking water.
Quality in Water supply and Sanitation Systems
Universal access to sanitation systems.
Decentralized management of water supply and sanitation systems.
WASH and Health
Human Resources Development/Capacity Building for WASH
Financing WASH
WASH, Gender and Climate Change
Water Governance
WASH for Agriculture- Nutrition link
Community action for WASH initiatives

1. Application for Young Scientist Award: November 10th ,2016
2. Nomination for Environment Ambassador Award: November 15th ,2016
3. Nomination for Sudhanshu Bhushan Mishra Corporate Excellence Award in Environment: November 15th ,2016
4. Main Event of OEC: 20th to 22nd December 2016

1. Young Scientists Award: Papers from young researchers (age 35 and below) alone will be considered for inclusion in the award session.
2. Green Ambassador Award: Nominations from credible NGOs/Civil society members, academicians, experts in environment with …
3. Corporate Excellence Award: Nominations from Corporate Bodies or Foundations of Corporate Bodies having visible contribution in …



Proceedings on the theme will be prepared and released by the Chief Guest on the 1st day of inauguration during the main event of OEC on 20th December 2016. The proceeding will contain Keynote address, invited papers from researchers/ practitioners/experts and informative article/case studies by the concerned Government Department etc. The detail information about call for papers and guidelines for contributing articles for consideration by the Editorial Board please visit to our website at www.hdf.org.in or www.oec.org.in


Odisha Environment Congress deliberated upon country and global evidences, researches, community practices and the gains achieved by the state over the decades on environment, health and nutrition. The Congress acknowledged the strong policy and political will and people’s participation in various programs.

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