Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

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Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

 

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Date: Tuesday, 13 September
Time: 08:30 – 15:00

This special session run by the World Bank will put the spotlight on the challenges and opportunities in the management of three major Himalayan rivers of South Asia – the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra. It includes the following themes.

 

Sustainable Development and Management of the Great Himalayan Rivers

David Molden, ICIMOD (Upper Basin) and Jeremy Bird, IWMI (Lower Basin) will explore:

  • key biophysical connections – eg floods, sediment, ecology
  • livelihoods, benefit sharing issues, fragility, gender
  • connecting knowledge institutions and integrating basin knowledge, and
  • linking institutions for cooperative governance

 

South Asia engagement

Moderator:
Halla Maher Qaddumi

Presenters:
Prof Shakil Romshoo – Kashmir University (Indus)
Kees Bon – Deltares (Ganges)
Dr Anamika Baruah – SaciWaters (Brahmaputra)

Presenters explore the World Bank’s technical and analytical work and how they inform multi-stakeholder engagement and dialogue processes.

  • Indus: Climate Change – Technical engagement
  • Ganges: Strategic Basin Planning – Combination of Technical engagement and stakeholder consultations
  • Brahmaputra: SaciWaters Dialogue – Stakeholder engagement and Track II dialogue process

 

Plenary/Q&A

Moderator:
Halla Maher Qaddumi

 

Water Security Concerns in South Asia

Presenter:
Prof David Grey (Oxford University)

Moderator:
Tarik Karim

 

Expert Panel: Country Experiences on River Basin Management

Presenters will explore how good management of Himalayan River Basins means good economics for the riparians.

Chair:
Amb Tarik Karim

Moderator:
Tarik Karim, Former Ambassador
Shashi Shekhar, Secy, Water Resources, India

Panelists:
Dhana Bahadur Tamang, Secy, WECS, Nepal
Zafar Ahmad Khan, Secy, Water Resources, Bangladesh
Yeshi Wangdi, Secy, Economic Affairs, Bhutan

 

Plenary Q&A

Moderator:
Tarik Karim

 

The World Bank has also organised a study tour cruise through the Sundarbans mangrove forest and waterways in West Bengal.

 

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