E-conference was set up to encourage an open discussion on selection of suitable indicators, data/information required for application in selected Asian cities. It served as an online platform for continuous sharing of information on project objectives, methodologies, schedules and draft of ‘groundwater sustainability index’. At this stage, guideline on data requirements, application framework was shared with all the project members and collaborators so that they can have draft of list of data and their sources prepared in advance for the regional workshop I. Each city has been requested to collect at least 10 years of historical data related to groundwater development and management and to conduct a survey and interview as a part of application of index. The primary objective of e-conference included:
- Identifying quantifiable indicators for respective city and developing rating criteria for the indicators based on some quantitative values.
- Collecting comprehensive background information about status of groundwater environment in selected cities.
- Determining whether indicators for GSII provided in the guideline were enough for respective cities or needed more indicators.
- Determining whether indicators for DPSIR provided in the guideline were enough for respective cities or needed more indicators.