Welcome to SoANaS

We are a group of South Asians with passion for healthy rivers for nature, people and fresh water beings. We are guided by the principle of indivisibility and integrity of the hydrological cycle as central to the wellbeing of natural ecosystems and people.

We host South Asia Nadi Sambad [South Asia River Dialogue] (SoANaS) an online platform. This platform is incubated by ISET-Nepal based in Kathmandu.   SoANaS aims to foster greater dialogue and sharing of perspectives among sectors, disciplines, epistemologies, ontologies, geographic regions, and generations. The ideas while helping seek a mosaic of water solutions in the region and broaden the debate on water management.

Do Not Blame the Water

It was the evening of July 11, 2013. I was in a guest house in Dhaka waiting for a rented car to arrive to take me to a social gathering organized by friends of my university years. It was raining heavily. In fact, in the 36-hour period between 6 a.m. on July 11 and 6 p.m. on July 12, 114 mm of rain fell on...

Reflections on Floods, Droughts, and Irrigation

It is said that the human race started growing grains about nine thousand years ago. If that is so, our ancestors might have shed their nomadic pattern of life and begun sedentary living in a particular place, one no doubt near a river offering...

Rivers, Habitats and Biodiversity: Foundations for Sustainable River Management

Rivers are not just flowing waters but a longitudinal continuum of WEBS (water, energy, biodiversity, and sediment). They are complex ecosystems where thousands of organisms interacting with instream water, mineral habitats, and...