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The Asia Foundation Releases South Asia Transboundary Water Governance Issue Briefs


June 19, 2015 — By 2050, South Asia’s population is expected to hit 2.2 billion, and as urban populations grow, estimates predict that all major population centers in the region will experience extreme seasonal or perennial water shortages. Countries across South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan – depend heavily on transboundary water resources to meet their domestic water and energy needs.

The Asia Foundation released a series of issue briefs to examine the availability and accessibility of data and information related to three transboundary rivers in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The issue briefs summarize the findings of a 15-month assessment on the availability of data and information relating to three transboundary rivers in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The study was conducted in partnership with civil society organizations in these countries, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and with the support of the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF). The nine briefs (three per country) build on the “Strengthening Transparency and Access to Information on Transboundary Rivers in South Asia” report released in March 2015,and provide country-level findings and recommendations on issues and challenges to accessing data in water issues for each of the selected rivers.

Read the In Asia blogs for further analysis on the main report.

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Related programs: Environment and Climate Action
Related topics: Water

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