BRAHMATWINN: Twinning European and South Asian River basins to enhance capacity and implement adaptive integrated water resources management approaches

The overall objective of BRAHMATWINN is to enhance and improve capacity to carry out harmonised integrated water resources management (IWRM) in mountain river systems like the Brahmaputra and to transfer IWRM expertise, approaches and tools, based on studies carried out in the Upper Danube River Basin (UDRB) in Europe, and  the Upper Brahmaputra River Basin (UBRB) in South Asia.

The project will be realised through case studies in the Upper Danube and Upper Brahmaputra river basins, and dissemination of results to stakeholders. The case studies aim to (i) address the implications of climate change for water and soil resources management in two transboundary basin which have significant  water storage in snow and glacier covered alpine mountain headwaters; (ii) develop and apply integrated assessment approaches and establish an integrated water resources management system (IWRMS) toolset by compiling tested European approaches and tools for water resources management, and consulting regional expertise and experience; and (iii) disseminate these results and contribute to the capacity building and implementation of harmonised IWRM plans within the twinned basins.


The project consortium comprising social and natural scientists, engineers, and stakeholders (governmental organisations, non-government organisations, small and medium enterprises) from Europe and Asia has identified several IWRM related general objectives as project goals of BRAHMATWINN:

  • Comprehensive assessment of the present systems and change in detection of their natural environments (NE) and its human dimensions (HD) using a set of recognized IWRM indicators
  • Analyses of driving forces, pressures, state, impact, and response of system components assessed, regarding the vulnerability to impact by climate change
  • Transfer and adaptation of professional expertise of integrated and tested holistic approaches and technologies developed in the UDRB or in EU funded research projects to the monsoonal climate of the transboundary UBRB
  • Development and implementation of adaptive IWRM options for mitigation of climate change and human impacts in large-scale mountain river basins
  • Dissemination of project findings and capacity building within BRAHMATWINN stakeholder communities through workshop and related activities


June 2006 - December 2009

Geographical coverage

Bhutan: Wangchu basin
China: Lhasa basin, Tibet AR
India: Assam, North East India

Core financial partners/ development partners/sponsors

European commission sixth framework programme

Implementing partners

European Partners

Prof. Dr. W.-A. Flügel
Friedrich-Schiller University (FSU-Jena)
Dr. Bodo Ahrens
University of Franfurt, Germany
Peter Zeil
University of Salzburg,Z_GIS, Austria
Dr. Craig Hutton
University of Southampton, UK
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Mauser
Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
Prof. Carlo Giupponi
FEEM, Italy
Prof. Dr. Georg Janauer
University of Viena, Austria
Christoph Böhm
H.G. Geodata Solutions, Germany
RNDr. Zuzana Boukalová
Research team of Vodni Zdroje a.s. (SME)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kääb
University of Oslo, Norway
Andrew Allan
University of Dundee, UK
Dipl.-Inf. Carsten Busch
3Kon GmbH, Germany

Asian partners

Prof. Tandong Ya
Institutes of Tibetans Plateau Research, PR China
Prof. Yuping Lei
Center for Agricultural Resource Research, PR China
Ugyen Tenzey
University of Bhutan, Bhutan
Prof. Nayan Sharma
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

Contact information

Mats Eriksson
Senior Water Specialist
Integrated Water and Hazard Management

Hua Ouyang
Programme Manager
Integrated Water and Hazard Management

Rajesh Thapa
Land and Water Analyst
Integrated Water and Hazard Management