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 report suggests suitable e-flow implementation and monitoring mechanisms for the State of Himachal Pradesh. The approach and options proposed are based on the study team’s feasibility assessment taken from two field missions in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (April and July 2013), technical discussions with international and local e-flow experts, engineers and scientists.

This report summarizes the proceedings from a national coverage of Sundarbans by the mainstream media in Bangladesh, India and across the world. The objective of the workshop was to discuss and prepare a first draft of media collaboration plan (including the ways the media of the two countries will contribute to the cause of resilience development of the Sundarbans). Also, to plan the ways in sustaining various issues related to Sundarbans in public domain. The workshop also had a defined objective to start working on a trans-boundary Sundarbans media strategy through the process of joint dialogue and exposure.

This report summarizes the proceedings of an international workshop on risk management and adaptation on climate change and sustainable growth in the Deltaic Regions. Thematic areas like urban, rural vulnerability and multi-layer safety approach to climate change, disaster management, and modern methods of monitoring and forecasting were discussed in the workshop as were successful trans-boundary strategic partnership in the deltaic regions like the Mekong River Commission, the Nile Basin initiative, the Trilateral Wadden Sea plan. Government Departments in Sundarbans are not yet equipped to address coherently and comprehensively the issues that mark the Sundarbans and the people living there, without a fundamental paradigm shift. It was envisaged that the key stakeholders identify that climate change and disasters both impede the process of sustainable development and that an integrated disaster risk management and planned and proactive adaptation will lead to the most effective modality for risk management.

This report summarizes the proceedings of a national workshop on environmental flows for strategic planning for the Ganga Basin held in New Delhi, India. The goal of this workshop was to contribute to the evolving practice of environmental flows for the Ganga. Environmental flows are a key element of integrated water resources management. The Govt. of India wishes to better understand international best practice and access global knowledge and expertise, and guide and coordinate various efforts in environmental flow assessment and implementation to more systematically support the planning, development and management of the Ganga River Basin. This dimension of river protection would complement the ongoing clean-up efforts on the Ganges river in India.

This report summarizes the proceedings and outcomes of a national workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) held New Delhi, India. IWRM provides a framework for planning, development and management of water resources. It is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. River basins provide a logical unit for IWRM implementation. Effective implementation of IWRM will promote efficient water resources management, facilitate effective conflict resolution, encourage effective demand management and instill in the stakeholders a sense of ownership.



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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