Regional consensus sought for better use of Brahmaputra water
Observer Online Desk
Water experts at a workshop in Guwahati have stressed the need for reaching a consensus among South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, India and China, on how to effectively use the available water resources of the transboundary Brahmaputra River for mutual benefit of the people of these countries.
They also called up the governments of the countries to sit together with all stakeholders for preparing a roadmap through a consensus.
South Asian Consortium on Interdisciplinary Water Studies (SaciWATERs), Hyderabad, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, organised the one-day workshop on its flagship project, 'Brahmaputra Dialogue' at Guwahati in Assam on Friday, according to a message received here on Saturday.
The focus of the workshop is on promoting a transnational policy dialogue for improved water governance of the Brahmaputra River.
Dr Amarjit Singh of Indian Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry underscored the need for the mitigation of the impact of the devastating annual floods in Assam, which also contributes to flooding in Bangladesh each year.
Dr Anamikaa Barua, an associate professor of IIT Guwahati, gave a strategic overview of the Brahmaputra Dialogue project, and focused on the need for bringing various stakeholders across all riparian countries of the Brahmaputra.
She emphasised involving civil society organisations, and building institutional capacity in the region to tackle water issues.
Dr Rabindra Kumar of the Arunachal Pradesh's Department of Environment and Forests spoke about the need for raising awareness
among people, and said the media should be a key stakeholder in the process for efficient water governance.
Prof Chandan Mahanta of IIT Guwahati, Dr Aditya Bastola of SaciWaters and Dr Sanchita Baruah of Dibrugarh University also spoke at the workshop.