Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of Brahmaputra River

Overview and Objectives

The phase III (2015 - 2017) will bring together the four riparian countries of Brahmaputra -Basin - Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and India - for dialogue on co-management of the river basin. The overarching aim of SaciWATERs dialogue initiatives on Brahmaputra Basin is to move towards enabling a basin level institutional framework for strengthening the administration of the Brahmaputra Basin. The following objectives will aid in achieving this aim:

  • To review the existing transboundary protocols/ treaties/accords to understand the processes shaping the institutional arrangements for managing the transboundary rivers.
  • To build the capacity of the local communities (with emphasis on women group) and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). This is to enable a level playing field and help them effectively participate in the parallel ongoing joint dialogue with the decision makers.
  • To bring the views of multi-stakeholders (government, civil society organizations, funding agencies, academia, scientific community, media) through individual interactions and multiple workshops
  • To assess the various economic opportunities, challenges and research priorities in the basin
  • To map the functionalities attached to various government (central/state) line departments to bring dovetailing and improved coordination for basin management

The outputs of the project are linked to the objectives and each will support in achieving the larger goal. The expected outcomes are as follows:

  • Building case studies compendium and video documentary from women narratives across the riparian nations

  • Collaborative report on the issues, challenges, and points of cooperation in the evolution and functioning of the transboundary institutions for basin management

  • Choosing appropriate institutions, and dovetail roles and responsibility for improved coordination - contributing to the framework on transboundary cooperation

  • Emergence of Policy Brief - to be discussed with Track 1 and 1.5 bureaucrats, and Track 3 together

  • Establishimg network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) across the Brahmaputra Basin

  • Establish political connection and commitment to continue the transboundary dialogue for developing a basin level multipurpose institutional framework

  • Establish a CIC framework that can be used to estimate economic costs and benefits that cooperation would enable across the Basin

  • Formulation of the advisory committee and a draft report highlighting the shared vision for a basin level institutional framework

  • Gather various ideas and issues on conflicts/ cooperation for Brahmaputra river basin by presenting the voices of different stakeholder and strengthened stakeholder networks

  • Identify institutions which can work together and find relevant cooperative solutions on issues of water sharing, and infrastructure and operations

  • Joint list of the economic priorities within the Brahmaputra Basin based on all stakeholder preferences and ranking

  • Joint report on the finding of the economic benefits and allocations required, and avenues to overcome these challenges

Project Details

Project Team

Phase I

Dr.Anamika Barua

Dr.Poulomi Banerjee

Dr.Aditya Bastola

Ms.Safa Fanaian

Vishaka Gulati

Arundhati Deka


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