The Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies has launched a major research project on water scarcity in Bangladesh and South Asia. The project will promote information-sharing on water between Bangladesh, India and Nepal and is supported by the Norwegian government.
This is an ICIMOD initiative which aims to support detailed monitoring of snow, ice and water resources; build capacity; and develop water availability scenarios. Initially focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan, China and India are to be brought into the project later.
South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation has set up centres on meteorological research, forestry, coastal zone management and disaster management, and in 2010 decided to launch additional climate-related commission initiatives. But the organisation remains relatively weak, with little autonomous capacity to act.
http://www.peacebuilding.no/eng/Regions/Asia/Central-Asia/Water-and-energy-… Report by Michael Renner, Senior Researcher at the Washington, DC-based Worldwatch Institute looks at various aspects of the Himalayan water crisis, and explores potential transboundary solutions.
The objectives of the multi-donor backed South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI), include the mitigation of carbon emissions and adaptation to climate change and water security through improved water resources management. SAWI encompasses a promising Abu Dhabi Dialogue process, an informal consultative process to foster cooperation on the rivers of the Greater Himalayas. Participating parties […]
Asia-Pacific Water Forum was established by multilateral agencies and water ministers seeking to create an effective mechanism to encourage more collaborative efforts on water resources management across the region. It holds Water Summits every two or three years.