Water Resource Software

Application Overview and Review

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

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




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 document provides an overview of how Water Resource Softwares (WRS) are used to manage water resources issues, criteria for WRS selection, and a high level review of WRS currently available that central and state governments of India can use for water management. The water resource issues covered include water allocation and planning, flood management, groundwater management, conjunctive use, water quality, and sediment transport.

This Hadzard Report formulated in 2015 presents the geographical impacts of floods on various sectors exposed in the areas the Ganges Basin passes through. The objective is to enhance the knowledge base for better understanding of the socio-economic impacts of flooding in the basin.The World Bank created this report in collaboration with RMSI consultants. This report includes information on exposure data compilation, initial results of hazard assessment, model development results, and assumptions and challenges.


Experts at the international conference call for better coordination and cooperation between scientists, government authorities, and development partners to address emerging challenges in the Indus River basin. The conference was issued in relation to the international conference on Climate and Environmental Change Impacts on the Indus Basin Waters, held from February 16-19th in Kathmandu, Nepal. The conference was organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), World Bank, and International Water Management Institute (IWMI)  to enhance cooperation on the development of knowledge to help shape policies in the Indus River. 

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.



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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