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    Climate Policy, Conflicts and Cooperation in Peri-Urban South Asia: Towards Resilient and Water Secure Communities


The negative impacts of climate change and urbanization on water security in South Asia are escalating. Their combined effects are increasingly being felt in peri-urban areas, which tend to bear the burden of intensifying water and land pressures associated with urbanization. But, even as processes of climate change and urbanization are raising concerns related to water and land security and equitable distribution of scarce natural resources for peri-urban centres, critical knowledge gaps still persist.

A consortium of north-south institutions brings together experience, skills and know-how in research, capacity-building and knowledge generation in its project Climate Policy, Conflicts and Cooperation in Peri-Urban South Asia: Towards Resilient and Water Secure Communities. This collaborative endeavour, spanning four years and four cities (Khulna in Bangladesh, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Gurgaon and Hyderabad in India), seeks to fill two major knowledge gaps by researching:

How urbanization and climate change interact in inducing water insecurity in specific settings, creating potential for conflict or even cooperation
How current water, climate change and other relevant policies influence the potential for water‐related cooperation and conflict

The project evaluates how the processes of climate change and urbanization are creating growing problems of water insecurity in the peri-urban areas of these four rapidly expanding cities. It seeks to improve mutual learning, strengthen institutional and community capacities to optimally manage water insecurity, and bolster resilience. It also aims to support and empower communities to effectively use, manage and govern their water resources against a backdrop of water insecurity caused by the dual impact of climate change and urbanization.

Knowledge, Research and Innovation

The project seeks to identify and analyse the dynamics that give rise to conflict or promote cooperation...

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The project strives to inform climate‐, water‐ and urban policy implementation processes...

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Capacity Building

The project aims to increase the consortium partners’ collective ability in studying...

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International Linkages

The data as well as cases of conflicts collected through this study will be uploaded in the website of ‘Forum of Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India’, a web network, which documents water conflicts under the aegis of the India Water Portal, for larger outreach.

Local linkages in Kathmandu have been established with the UN Habitat’s Water for Asian cities programme. Project partner International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) will drive broader interactions with high‐level officials in South Asia on the twin issues of climate change and water insecurity.

Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC), have provided support to the partners of this project, through its Climate Change and Water programme, in disseminating research findings and networking with policy makers at an international level. Finally, the research will be embedded through a feedback mechanism that translates research knowledge into curriculum development and learning materials (e.g., case studies, e‐learning courses, modules for post graduate studies), to be used by both South Asian university partners and Wageningen University.


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Dr. Dik Roth
General Scientific Coordinator
Wageningen University
Dr. Poulomi Banerjee
Regional Coordinator