Meghna Knowledge Forum (MKF) 2021

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Theme: Strengthening the science-policy interface for integrated basin management 

Date: 22-24 June 2021

A scientific symposium, the Meghna Knowledge Forum (MKF) 2021 aims to provide a learning exchange platform on water governance issues in the Meghna Basin linked to Natural Resource Management (NRM) with emphasis on community and youth inclusion. 

MKF 2021 will support the identification of key knowledge gaps, and the development of potential partnerships to address these gaps. High-level government representatives will be invited to attend the event. The learning outcomes of the forum will be consolidated in a Symposium Book with abstracts and summaries for wider dissemination. Local media organisations will also be invited to help disseminate the knowledge presented at the forum.

MKF 2021 Objectives

  • Support the identification of key knowledge gaps in the implementation of transboundary water governance in the Meghna Basin;
  • Develop potential partnerships to address knowledge gaps;
  • Facilitate dialogues in the development of basin-level integrated management approaches;
  • Facilitate discussions on important transboundary themes such as knowledge-based water governance, community-based research, and translation of research outcomes and its use in shared water governance policy and planning; and,
  • Serve as a venue for sharing lessons learned in transboundary water governance among organisations, local communities, women, and youth sectors.

Target Audience: Policymakers, researchers, civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector representatives, and women and youth leaders.

Main events during the Forum:

  1. Thematic Plenary Sessions: Panel discussions and presentation of technical papers on specific themes linked to water governance issues and challenges in the Meghna Basin                                                            
  2. Side events: Parallel sessions facilitated by key government agencies, research institutions, and civil society organisations, demonstrating technical solutions and community-based strategies to address key water governance issues in the Basin                                                                                                                 
  3. Knowledge Fair: Photo exhibition, poster presentations, knowledge booths and screening of films produced by young researchers and/or by  women from India and Bangladesh on the Meghna issues

How you can join?

Organise a Side Event and share your work. 

Participate in Photo Competition on Meghna River Basin

About the Meghna River Basin

The Meghna River Basin is shared by Bangladesh and India. It is one of the most biodiverse and culturally rich basins in Asia. It originates in the hills of Manipur (India), where it is referred to as the Barak River. Meghna River Basin includes 29 transboundary rivers originating from India and flowing into Bangladesh. Some examples are Feni, Khowai, Gumti, Manu, and Muhuri Rivers originating from Tripura; Myntdu (Shari) and Umgot Rivers originating from Meghalaya plateau, and Barak River and its tributaries originating in Assam. As it flows southwest, the river splits into the Surma River and the Kushiyara River at the Bangladesh-India border. The confluence of the Surma and Kushiyara rivers in Bhairab Bazar, Bangladesh forms the Meghna River, which flows south into the ocean in the Bay of Bengal. 

The ecosystem services provided by the Meghna Basin directly support the livelihoods of more than 50 million people, including indigenous communities such as the KhasiGaro, and Jaintia. However, the basin’s ecosystem has been degraded due to increasing population, developmental pressure, and impacts of climate change. Therefore, the implementation of joint solutions and basin-level integrated management approaches are needed to address the water governance challenges in the Meghna Basin.

To know more about Meghna Basin and IUCN work, click here.  

Learn more about the BRIDGE GBM Project, click here.



More about MKF 2021 and BRIDGE GBM

MKF 2021 is facilitated by IUCN under the BRIDGE GBM project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the Oxfam Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) programme. The project aims to a) improve water governance policies and practices to make it more inclusive of community concerns and meet national and international standards, and b) strengthen the capacity and "voice" of CSOs to catalyze regional water cooperation for long-term economic growth and livelihood security in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin.

In the Meghna River Basin, since 2018, IUCN is facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues (Meghna Advisory Group) and joint research to develop a better understanding of the basin’s water governance issues and challenges and to strengthen transboundary cooperation for the integrated basin management.   

MKF 2021 Partners (22-24 June)


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Media Partners

MKF 2021 Media Partners