This publication contributes to an improved understanding of the Hindu Kush Himalayas’s water resources by drawing together knowledge from the eight research projects of the SAWI Small Grants Program. By bringing together researchers from different countries in the region, the Small Grants Program also promoted a shared vision of water resources management, which is essential for realizing the benefits of the water resources of the Hindu Kush Himalayas.
SOUTH ASIA WATER INITIATIVE
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.
Three million people live on the edge of Bangladesh's Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. Its resources are being over exploited and local communities are struggling to survive. Almost 50 percent of the people live below the poverty line with limited access to services. The situation is serious but not hopeless. We can help and we must.
The Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest and sanctuary for a number of the world's most endangered species. The forest has the largest single population of Bengal tigers in the world. But this unique ecosystem is under threat. We have to act now. We can save the Sundarbans - not just for us, but for generations to come.
This final report for SAWI for the initial funding period of 2009- 2013 summarizes the impacts and lessons from SAWI activities during this period. Building on this work, SAWI will continue with new funding for the years ahead to help facilitate change, address transboundary water challenges, build resilience to climate change and forge partnerships among riparian countries.
Improving shared understanding and management of the Brahmaputra River basin as a means to strengthen resilience and support economic growth for the riparian countries.
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
Strengthening water resources management and coordination among riparian countries to improve water and energy security
Operationalizing joint management of the Sundarbans for sustainable development and to deliver mutual benefits for the two countrie
Building knowledge and capacity across the region in support of transboundary basin-focused dialog and cooperation