The Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India (Forum to be brief) is a network of individuals and organisations who are interested in engaging with water conflicts in India. The Forum has been in existence since 2003, and so far has completed two phases of its work. The first phase involved the understanding of water conflicts through documentation and the focus of the second phase was on resolving and preventing water conflicts. Currently the Forum is in its third phase and is working extensively to backstop conflicts. It has taken up Mahanadi basin to study the key thematic issues like environmental flow, agriculture and industrial water use and conflicts around ground water.
At present more than 250 members are associated with the Forum. The Forum has an Advisory Committee consisting of about 24 members and a Steering Committee (SC), comprising of 13 members. The SC meets twice a year to discuss and plan the Forum’s work. Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), a non-profit organisation based in Pune, anchors all the activities taking place under the Forum.