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River Basin Assessment Reports (Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra basins)

Elevating river basin management and cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region





Date & Time

20 March 2024

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About the event

The Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra basins are among the most important river basins in South Asia, providing water resources to close to a billion people. The effective and inclusive governance of these transboundary basins is critical to ensure sustainable development, livelihoods, and regional collaboration.

With the Australian Water Partnership (AWP), we implemented the project, ‘Elevating river basin governance and cooperation in the HKH region’, with the aim to strengthen transboundary river basin management arrangements and enhance cooperation between the major river basins with headwaters originating in the HKH region.

Under ICIMOD’s technical guidance, a consortium of Australian project partners: eWater, the Institute for Study and Development Worldwide (IFSD), and Aither, has produced basin assessment reports for the Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Indus basins, describing emerging practices for overcoming barriers to effective and inclusive transboundary river basin management and climate challenges, and providing recommendations for strengthening river basin cooperation and resilience. These reports provide analyses of the socio-economic trends, environmental characteristics, climate change impacts, and the state of basin governance, including relevant treaties, policies, and agreements. They offer high-level recommendations for promoting basin-wide cooperation, regional water governance, data standardisation, catalysing cooperation through mutual goals, and adopting a GESI focused people-centered approach that engages all relevant stakeholders, including marginalised groups, indigenous people, and those with disabilities.


  • Share findings and recommendations of the reports to a wider audience, including practical examples of enhanced basin management
  • Raise awareness about the importance of river basin governance and GESI in ensuring sustainable development and equitable management of water resources
  • Facilitate dialogue and exchange of ideas among stakeholders on how to improve river basin governance and promote GESI in the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra basins


Government representatives, policymakers, researchers, development organisations, civil society organisations, and IRBM practitioners from the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra basins


Time (NPT) Session Speaker / panellists
09:00-09:30 Registration ICIMOD
Session 1 Facilitator

Faisal Mueen Qamer
Intervention Manager – IRBM
Strategic Group 1, ICIMOD

09:30-09:45 Welcome and introduction to the programme Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD

Sarah Ransom, General Manager, AWP

09:45-10:00 Keynote speech John Dore, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
10:00-10:45 Overview of the IRBM reports Ganges basin – Huw Pohlner, Aither

Brahmaputra basin – Jeff Camkin, IfSD

Indus basin – Russell Rollason, eWater

10:45-11:10 DISCUSSION
11:10-11:15 Unveiling IRBM reports
11:15-11:30 BREAK
Session 2 Facilitator

Neera Shrestha Pradhan
Action Area Coordinator
Strategic Group 1, ICIMOD


National-scale priorities, policies, practices and opportunities and barriers for transboundary river basin management

Panellists share perspectives on recommendations of the reports followed by discussion on GESI considerations in river basin management


  • Aisha Khan, Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change
  • Luna Bharati, International Center for Water Resources and Global Change
  • Bushra Nishat, World Bank
  • Basundhara Bhattarai, IfSD

 Discussant: Anamika Barua, IIT Guwahati

12:30-12:40 Q&A with panellists Moderator
12:40-13:00 Closing remarks and next steps Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD

Rohan Kent, AWP