Proceedings of the Regional Flood Early Warning System Workshop


Climate Change Adaptation In Coastal Areas & Other Sectors

Experiences From The Sundarban

Role of Institutions in River Basin Management

The Mississppi Experience Informs the Brahmaputra

SAWI Annual Report 2015

Annual Report from World Bank to Trust Fund Donors

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.


The Side Event was convened on Dec. 9, 2015 to push the Sundarban agenda at the global level and to gather key policymakers from Bangladesh and India on a common platform, in order to chart the way towards joint management of this Region. The objective of the Side Event was to inform and influence the global climate change community on the importance of the Sundarban Region in achieving the climate change adaptation agenda. The expected outcome was to build a case for seeking implementation support (finance and technology) for the Sundarban Region under the Green Climate Fund post-2020 as the single largest contiguous adaptation site in the world.

SAWI convened a workshop on the Regional Flood Early Warning System from Nov. 23-27, 2015. The workshop brought professionals and heads of flood warning institutions in SAR countries together to strengthen regional cooperation on trans-boundary flood forecasting and early warning. The objective of the workshop was to take stock of existing flood forecasting and warning efforts in SAR countries, feature technologies and experiences from other countries/ regions, introduce operational personnel to new modeling tools, introduce the elements and requirements of an operational basin-based long-lead flood forecasting and warning system, and explore possibilities of evolving a program for end-to-end basin-based long-lead flood forecasting and warning system in the South Asian Region.

As part of its knowledge exchange activities in the Brahmaputra basin, SAWI convened a study tour to the Mississippi River Basin, with participation of senior ministers and government officials from Bangladesh and Bhutan. The objective of the study tour was to share 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.

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Study tour to Mississippi River Commission, June 2015

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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

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.



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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