Water for peace in south Asia

Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million square kilometres supporting a population of 620 million people.

Surrounding communities rely on the rivers for transportation Photo: Shahzia Mohsin Khan

Bringing together India and Bangladesh to better manage these precious resources can be challenging. But that’s exactly what Frank van der Valk, Director of IUCN’s “Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India initiative” is trying to do.

Speaking at the World Water Forum in Marseille, Frank explains what are the major problems facing communities in India and Bangladesh regarding water.

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At a national level Bangladesh and India have never come to physical blows over water resources, but there are problems that persist.

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So what is IUCN doing to improve this relationship.

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But it’s not just experts that IUCN are working with.

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Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative is a civil society led multi-stakeholder dialogue process to promote better understanding of the management of natural resources in Bangladesh and India. Ecosystems for Life works to develop a shared vision and understanding of food, livelihood and water security issues through collaborative research and studies, creation of a knowledge hub, developing research-based policy options and enhancing the capacity of civil society stakeholders to participate in the management of natural resources.

Work area: 
Climate Change
Water
Water
Ecosystems
Livelihoods
Water
Water
Water
Wetlands
Ecosystems
Members
Location: 
Asia
Bangladesh
China
Lao PDR
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Viet Nam
Asia
Thailand
Cambodia
Asia
Asia
India
Asia
Asia
Asia
Project and Initiatives: 
Mangroves for the Future 
Mekong Dialogues
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