About the book: Are our urban spaces growing thirsty by the day? What implications do unplanned urban expansion and climate change have on judicious accessibility to water resources among the multitudes who have made urban fringes their home in South Asia? A significant gap exists in current studies of adaptation and vulnerability to the vagaries of climate change that tend to focus on purely agrarian or urban contexts.
Addressing this lack, this volume documents and analyses the experiences of this urban periphery in three developing nations, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, in terms of water security and access, adaptation to climate change, and urban expansion. Cutting across disciplinary boundaries, and using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods from natural and social sciences, the essays explore the drivers of vulnerability in four peri-urban sites Hyderabad and Gurgaon in India, Khulna in Bangladesh, and Kathmandu in Nepal and examine the cost-effectiveness of technological and institutional alternatives to build adaptive capacity. The essays explore how different groups of people, men and women, face differential vulnerabilities to water insecurity induced by urbanization and climate change and how they adapt through technological or institutional innovation.
This book is the first to profile women from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka' women at the grassroots and with NGOs, women activists, journalists, administrators, scientists, academics, action-researchers - who have faced challenges related to water with courage and determination. Complementing the 32 women's voices is data compiled from an analysis of the situation of women water professionals in the region. Written in an engaging manner, this book will be of interest both to the general reader and to academics and practitioners in water management and gender/women's studies.
This book argues for an integrated framework in formulating and implementing water policies in South Asia. It also highlights some common missing links in the national policies: problems of techno-centric and blueprint approach to water management, growing influence of international donor agencies and inadequate concern for issues such as equity, sustainability, gender sensitivity, accountability, regional diversity in property rights regimes and water management practices, and regional conflicts over water access.
This report attempts to provide a comprehensive analysis of the state of water resource development and management in India, based on secondary information and consultations with leading experts, government officials, academicians, activists and grassroot workers. It maps current challenges and suggests feasible alternatives amidst increasing water scarcity and disenfranchisement of resource bases for the poor and the marginalised. The report encompasses both a depiction of the state of freshwater resources and potential problems and progress towards identified goals, including workable solutions.
The book provides an overview of gender, equity and water issues relevant to South Asia. The essays empirically illustrate and theoretically argue how gender intersects with other axes of social difference such as class, caste, ethnicity, age and religion to shape water access, use and management practices. The book clearly shows how understanding and changing the use, distribution and management of water is conditional upon understanding and accommodating gender relations.
Stories of and by the Recipients of South Asian Water Fellowship
This booklet chronicles the individual journeys of about 20 SAWA fellows from all over South Asia in their endeavour to become successful water professionals. It is a very personal but insightful collection of professional and personal success stories. The booklet in many ways reflect the youthful enthusiasm and vigour of not only the fellows but also the spirit of the Fellowship. The fellowship that is offered to Masters and PhD level students is an integral part of the Crossing Boundaries project.
A Compendium of Ten Illustrative Cases from South Asia
This compendium contains ten illustrative case narrations from the three South Asian countries, viz., Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India. They cover different themes under the rubric of IWRM such as gender dimension of water sector, pollution of water, and traditional institutional and governance arrangements, and contestation and claims on water. They could be used by engineering or other institutions teaching the IWRM-related courses in South Asia or even from other parts of the world.
Support Material for Teachers
This companion volume contains case-wise support material for teachers planning to use the pedagogic cases presented in the main volume. The 'Support Material' provides some additional information on the substantive matters covered in the pedagogic case, and also a section that provides detailed explanations on how to teach these cases and on how to use the Support Material.