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Elevating river basin management and cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya Region: The Ganges River Basin



Date & Time

27 September 2022


Vijay Khadgi

About the event

With the Australian Water Partnership (AWP), we are implementing 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.

As part of the project, we are organising a series of three semi-structured knowledge exchange dialogues, with one dialogue for each of the three focus basins – Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra River basins. This dialogue will focus on the Ganges River basin.

Under ICIMOD’s technical guidance, a consortium of Australian project partners – eWater, the Institute for Study and Development Worldwide (IFSD), and Aither – is producing 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.



  • Share practical examples of enhanced basin management (decision-making processes, tools, policies, and best practices) from across and beyond the HKH region that support improved transboundary river basin management within individual basins. This may include exemplary groups and collaborations such as committees and commissions.
  • Stimulate forward-looking discussions on further potential opportunities for collaboration to enhance river basin management, in support of ICIMOD as an enabler of the HKH Call to Action (especially Action 1 – Regional cooperation).


Partners and resource persons

Ganges River basin                     Aither and Philippus Wester, ICIMOD

Brahmaputra River basin          Institute for Study and Development Worldwide (IFSD) and Neera Shrestha Pradhan, ICIMOD

Indus River basin                        eWater and Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD


Tentative agenda


Time (NPT) Session Speakers
10:15–10:25 Welcome and introduction to the knowledge exchange dialogue Arun Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager, ICIMOD

Sarah Ransom, General Manager, AWP

10:25–10:45 Setting the context for the knowledge exchange dialogue Vijay Khadgi, Flood Early Warning and Energy Analyst, Water and Air, ICIMOD

Huw Pohlner, Associate Director, Aither

10:45–11:30 Panel I: Defining issues and trends affecting Ganges Basin management



  • Somnath Bandyopadhyay, Development Ecologist, India
  • Wenling Wang, Assistant Professor, Asian International Rivers Center, Yunnan University
  • Rezaur Rahman, Professor, Institute of Water and Flood Management
Moderator: Huw Pohlner, Aither


11:30–11:45 Break
11:45–12:30 Panel II: Opportunities for strengthening transboundary river basin management in the Ganges Basin



  • Luna Bharati, Senior Scientist, International Center for Water Resources and Global Change
  • Shawahiq Siddiqui, Environment and Development Law Practitioner, India Environment Law Organization
  • Sagar Prasai, Independent Researcher, Nepal
Moderator: Philippus Wester, Regional Programme Manager, Mountain Knowledge, and Action Networks, ICIMOD
12:30–12:40 Summary of outcomes Basundhara Bhattarai, Senior Consultant (Gender, Environment, and International Development), Institute for Study and Development Worldwide
12:40–12:45 Closing remarks and next steps Arun Shrestha, ICIMOD

Rohan Kent, Program Lead, AWP