Interstate cooperation stressed


In a bid to share knowledge about floods and erosion in the catchments of the interstate rivers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in India, a day-long consultation workshop was organized on 9 December 2013.

The workshop saw intense brainstorming about mitigation strategies through collaborative efforts in integrated river basin management in the context of climate change, and resilience building for vulnerable communities. Representatives of both the states voiced the need for interstate cooperation for management of transboundary rivers. 

Participants recommended and unanimously adopted a number of resolutions that called for joint research and interventions to address issues related to water-induced disasters and climate change. The importance of enhancing people's adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change to mitigate impacts of flood and erosion were also highlighted. 

Over 50 people including government officials, top level bureaucrats, technocrats, social activists, media persons, and eminent scientists participated in the workshop titled ‘Integrated river basin management for mitigation of flood and erosion disasters in interstate rivers of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam: Perspectives in the context of climate change’. 

It was organized by Aaranyak, a frontline environmental organization based in Guwahati, Assam, in collaboration with the Arunachal Citizens’ Rights, a local NGO based in Itanagar, and supported by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) under the Himalayan Climate Change Programme (HICAP) and the India Water Partnership based in New Delhi, on behalf of the Global Water Partnership-South Asia