Focus Areas

SAWI has been working in South Asia countries with the objective: to promote the goals of poverty reduction, economic development, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and water security through significant and measurable improvements in water resources management and development at the regional, international basin and national levels in South Asia. The five SAWI core focus areas include:  

The Brahmaputra Basin presents an important opportunity for regional cooperation and economic development in South Asia. The basin covers 580,000 km2 across four countries: China (50%), India (34%), Bangladesh (8%) and Bhutan (8%)

Ganges BasinThe Ganges Basin is one of staggering scale. It is one of the largest basins in the world, encompassing an area of almost 1.2 million km2 and traversing three countries.The vast majority of the basin lies in India (85%), with the remainder upstream in Nepal (12%)

Indus BasinThe Indus rises in the Tibetan Plateau in China and its tributaries feed from the Hindu Kush, Karakorum and Himalayan mountain ranges. The total basin area of 1.12 million km2 is located in four countries: Afghanistan (6%), China (8%), India (39%) and...

Sunderbans DeltaThe Sunderbans landscape (or Sundarbans, or Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta) is the world’s largest delta (~105,000 km2) and home to 123 million people. The delta lies in India (19%) and Bangladesh (81%) with rivers draining Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.

Regional Cooperation

The Cross-cutting Knowledge, Dialogue and Cooperation objective is to increase regional cooperation in the management of the major Himalayan river systems in South Asia to deliver sustainable, fair and inclusive development and climate resilience...