SAWI Annual Report 2015

Annual Report from World Bank to Trust Fund Donors

Strengthening River Basin Management in the Brahmaputra Basin

Lessons and Best Practices from the Mississippi River Study Tour

Proceedings of the South Asia Regional Fulbright Alumni Workshop on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus 2015


Modernizing Weather, Water, and Climate Services: A Roadmap for Bhutan


International Workshop

on Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change for Sustainable Growth in the Deltaic Regions

Report of the Workshop on Environmental Flows for Strategic Planning for the Ganga Basin


National Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management


Bangladesh Responsible Sourcing Initiative: A New Model for Green Growth


Monitoring of Glaciers, Climate and Runoff in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya Mountains


Learning from the Andean Example

Study Tour to Ecuador, January 2014: Government officials and academicians from Indus riparian countries learn about climate change and glacier monitoring



The South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) is designed to support countries improve and deepen transboundary dialog, enhance the basin and water resources knowledge base, strengthen water institutions, and support investments that lead to sustainable, fair and inclusive development.
In achieving its objective, SAWI adopts four guiding principles. These include: promotion of an integrated water resources management approach encompassing adaptation to climate change; a focus on enhancing transboundary cooperation in water resource management to deliver mutual benefits; engagement of the broadest possible range of perspectives in water management, both across disciplines and across diverse stakeholders; and emphasis on the importance of focused debate to pose questions and guide analyses and to ensure transparency, legitimacy and accountability.


This Annual Report summarizes SAWI activities for the 2015 fiscal year. Over the course of the year SAWI has brought together policymakers, technical experts and key stakeholders—within individual countries and across the Region—to stimulate dialogue, inform policy, build capacity, and share new knowledge.
The program is increasingly working toward supporting long-term basin development, and investment and regional cooperation in water resources management

The South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) organized a study tour to the Mississippi River Basin from June 14-18, 2015 as part of its knowledge exchange activities in the Brahmaputra basin. SAWI is a multi-donor partnership between the World Bank and the governments of United Kingdom, Australia and Norway. The initiative is working to increase regional cooperation in the management of the major rivers of the Himalaya in South Asia. The objective of the study tour was to share and learn best lessons in river basin management, specifically focusing on flood management, bank erosion, navigation, and integrated water resource management, and to share best practices within basins.

This publication documents the proceedings of the South Asia Regional Fulbright Alumni Workshop on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus convened in Kathmandu from 10–12 February 2015. The workshop aimed to foster an interdisciplinary and transboundary discussion of the interrelationships among water, energy, and food (WEF). The workshop assembled 60 South Asian alumni of the Fulbright, Humphrey, and International Visitors Leadership programmes, along with 40 regional and international experts, to promote a shared understanding of water, energy, and food issues in the region. Participants and speakers included government officials, academics, researchers from think tanks, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and activists.

The main objective of this report is to provide recommendations to the Royal Government of Bhutan for modernizing its hydrometeorological services, including capacity strengthening for disaster- related early warning systems. This report includes a short-term, medium-term, and a long-term action plan. 

Kunzang, a Senior Legal Officer from Bhutan's National Environment Commission recently attended the MIT and Harvard Law School Water Diplomacy Workshop on water and negotiation and reflected on her experience in this blog. She quotes, “The weeklong Water Diplomacy Workshop that I attended earlier this year was an enriching learning experience. It combined the science of water with the negotiation instruction methodologies developed by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.”



Brahmaputra Basin 

Improving shared understanding and management of the Brahmaputra River basin as a means to strengthen resilience and support economic growth for the riparian countries.

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Ganges Basin

Improving the shared understanding, management and development of the Ganges River Basin to support economic growth for the riparian countries and resilience to existing variability and climate change

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Indus Basin

Strengthening water resources management and coordination among riparian countries to improve water and energy security

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Sundarbans Landscape

Operationalizing joint management of the Sundarbans for sustainable development and to deliver mutual benefits for the two countrie

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Regional Cooperation

Building knowledge and capacity across the region in support of transboundary basin-focused dialog and cooperation

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