Water Future of South Asia: Divided by borders, connected by rivers – May 9, 2017

Tuesday 7 pm, May 9, 2017

Room 2-146

Speaker: Jayanta Bandyopadhyay

Jayanta Bandyopadhya, environmental activist and professor, author of fourteen critically acclaimed books, is the former head of the Center for Development and Environment Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

The Himalaya is the climate maker and water tower of Asia. Himalayan rivers feed the large economies of Bangladesh, China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. About 3 billion people depend on waters from the Himalaya. The rivers are diverse and feed into the lives and livelihood of vast populations in the countries of South Asia – peaceful sharing of water across boundaries is therefore imperative.

Following the Look East policy of the Government of India, attention has been focused on the Brahmaputra and future options for its governance. Challenges include floods and erosion; hydro-power projects, possible transfer of water outside the basin, water-based transportation, and ecosystem services in all parts of the basin.

A trans-boundary organization among Bangladesh, Bhutan, and India is proposed for future governance of the Brahmaputra sub-basin.

Organized by:

Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia

The South Asia Forum at MIT
Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT

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