Do Not Blame the Water

Do Not Blame the Water

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. […]

Reflections on Floods, Droughts, and Irrigation

Reflections on Floods, Droughts, and Irrigation Early agriculture 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 advantages like availability […]

Rivers, Habitats and Biodiversity: Foundations for Sustainable River Management

  Healthy freshwater ecosystem is essential for human welling     Rivers, Habitats and Biodiversity: Foundations for Sustainable River Management Longitudinal Continuum Rivers are not just flowing waters but a longitudinal continuum[1] of WEBS (water, energy, biodiversity, and sediment)[2]. They are complex ecosystems where thousands of organisms interacting with instream water, mineral habitats, and associated […]

What Have I Learned About Water

What Have I Learned About Water Ajaya Dixit, a friend, colleague, and mentor approached me the other day to ask me to write a short piece reflecting upon the journey we’ve had as South Asian water researchers. It turned out to be a harder enterprise than I had imagined. There are so many places I […]

Exploring the Need for Improved Communication between Research Organizations and the Government: A Case from Uttarakhand, India

Exploring the Need for Improved Communication between Research Organizations and the Government: A Case from Uttarakhand, India The gap between research and implementation has been a constant mulling point in academia. Traditionally, researchers/research organisations publish their work, which mostly remains restricted to the academic world. Through this article, I wish to explore the issue of […]

Rethinking Transboundary Water Governance

Rethinking transboundary water governance Regional and transboundary water conflicts within and between nations are widespread all over the world, but such conflicts are not always a priority issue in the political agenda of the various governments that share a waterscape. In almost all countries in South Asia, water management is fraught with inefficiency and complacency, […]

Weathering Ecological Disruptions

Weathering Ecological Disruptions Increasing Risks In its 2019 assessment, the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development suggested that a rise in average global temperature of 1.5°C by 2100 would mean that the Hindu Kush Himalayan region would be warmer by around 1.8° C. In this scenario, the study continues, the glacier volume in the Himalayas […]

The Increasing Heat: An Unfolding Disaster in South Asia

  Ken MacClune and Atalie Pestalozzi write that heat (rising temperature and humidity combine) is an impending disaster for millions of South Asians. The effort to minimize irreversible impacts from this disaster must begin with dialogue for systemic actions than piecemeal and jerky responses.   The Increasing Heat: An Unfolding Disaster in South Asia “There […]

Holistic Approach for Integrated Water Governance

Holistic Approach for Integrated Water Governance 1. The Imperative of an Integrated View of Water Over the last several millennia, river basins have been the cradles of many human civilizations. That dependence continues today. However, with economic growth becoming the paramount objective of the present uses of water,  river basins have become an open playing […]

Water Challenges in South Asia

Water Challenges in South Asia Some of the most pressing problems facing South Asia’s waterscape relate to worrying trends in public health, infrastructure development, and climate change. These trends exacerbate already-existing threats that plague South Asia: flooding, water scarcity, groundwater overdraft, pollution, degradation of rivers, and abject poverty. Public Health Not only has COVID-19 exposed […]