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.

Scarcity in Abundance: Addressing Drinking Water Woes in Flood-prone Zones in North Bihar

As called for in agreements between India and Nepal on the tributaries of the Ganga River such as the Sarada (1920 and later included in the Mahakali Treaty 1996), the Koshi (1954) and the Gandak (1959), barrages...

Two Water Manifestos of the 1990s

South Asia's waterscape faces worrying trends in public health, infrastructure development, and climate change, posing major challenges for the people and governments. Here we present two documents, produced in the mid-1990s, that had already identified...

Valuing Water from a Transboundary Perspective in South Asia

Transboundary water governance in South Asia is often described as a “wicked problem” — a problem that is nearly impossible to solve — because of its inherently contradictory and changeable nature, one which makes solutions difficult to identify...