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 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.”

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.



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.

Learn More


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

Learn More


Indus Basin

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

Learn More


Sundarbans Landscape

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

Learn More


Regional Cooperation

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

Learn More