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Bonn Water Lecture on The Ganges River Basin: Status and Challenges by Dr. Luna Bharati


We kindly invite you to our next Bonn Water Lecture with Dr. Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute IWMI and Center for Development Research ZEF, University of Bonn) who will talk about


         “The Ganges River Basin: Status and Challenges”


Date:              Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 5.30 - 7.00 p.m.


Venue:           University of Bonn, Department of Geography, „Red Room“ (Room no. 116 Ground Floor), Meckenheimer Allee 166, 53115 Bonn

About this lecture:

The Ganges River Basin spans China, Nepal, India and Bangladesh. About 1200 billion m3 of precipitation falls into the basin each year. Over 500 billion m3 flow into the Ganges river. The rest recharges the groundwater or evaporates. With a catchment area of nearly 1.1 million km2, the Ganges basin supports more than 500 million people in agriculture-based civilizations in South Asia who value the Ganges not only for irrigation, drinking water and energy production but also have a spiritual and emotional connection to the river as the Ganges is considered sacred in Hindu scriptures. Due to overuse of the river, water flows have been shrinking and with increasing amount of pollutant loads, the river remains heavily polluted. Fecal contamination is also a serious issue as coliform levels are high all along the river and make the water unsuitable for bathing and drinking purposes, with the exception of few upstream locations.A recently published book presents the first comprehensive overview of the key issues and challenges facing the Basin region. Authors from the three main riparian nations assess the status and trends of water resources, including the Himalayas, groundwater, pollution, floods, drought and climate change. They describe livelihood systems in the basin, and the social, economic, geopolitical and institutional constraints, including transboundary disputes, to achieving productive, sustainable and equitable water access. Management of the main water-use sectors and their inter-linkages are reviewed, as well as the sustainability and trade-offs in conservation of natural systems and resource development such as for hydropower or agriculture.
The presentation will summarize key points from the recently published book and provide a comprehensive overview of the key issues and challenges facing the Ganges river and Basin region from bio-physical, socio-economic, governance and geo-political perspectives.

About the lecturer:

Luna Bharati has 15 years of post-PhD. experience as a scientist and research program manager. She is currently a principal researcher and project manager at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The key areas of her interests and expertise are in integrated and sustainable water resources management. She has also worked extensively in assessing climate change risks and impacts and planning adaptation strategies from large river basins to small mountain watersheds. She is regularly asked to provide advice and recommendations for new investments and programs lead by donor agencies, INGOs and governments. She has provided direct input into two national policies of the government of Nepal: Irrigation Master Plan (01/2016 – ongoing (2018) and the Nepal Water Resources Strategy (ongoing).
Prior to joining IWMI, she worked for the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany on the Global Change and Hydrological Cycle (GLOWA) project in the Volta Basin, Africa. While working for the GLOWA project, she was the lead hydrologist in an interdisciplinary team, which was developing a Decision Support System (DSS) for the Volta Basin.
Dr. Bharati has a multidisciplinary background with a Bachelors majoring in Biology and a minor in Economics from Luther College, USA and a Masters in Water Resources from Iowa State University. During her research assistantship at Iowa State University, she worked in a pioneering project developing effective riparian buffer systems in mid-western, USA. She conducted her doctoral research at the Dept. of hydrological modeling at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research- UFZ in Germany focusing on catchment modeling of surface hydrology, erosion and NPS pollution.


International Summer School in East Africa on Sustainability in the FOOD-WATER-ECOSYSTEM Nexus in Sub Saharan Africa in support of the SDG’s: Sustainable wetland use

When: 12.–18.03.2018
Where: Kampala, Uganda
Organizer: Prof. Dr. Bernd Diekkrüger, Dr. Constanze Leemhuis and Dr. Yazidhi Bamutaze (Makerere University, Uganda) funded by Volkswagen foundation
Target group: doctoral and postdoctoral young scientist from Sub Saharan Africa and Germany
Announcement and call for applications: pdf

The summer school series is focusing on the complex food-water-ecosystem nexus with respect to selected sustainable development goals (SDGs) and main ecosystems in Uganda, East Africa. There is a strong need to balance the tradeoffs between the different SDGs and the related targets. In Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) further research on ecosystem and livelihood sustainability issues is urgently needed. Here limited water resources and hence sustainable water management play a key role in achieving manifold SDGs and indeed represent a core link in the investigated nexus. The summer school aims at enforcing interdisciplinary scientific exchange and knowledge transfer in order to resolve the central challenges in the interdependent system. Researchers from diverse disciplines will discuss and identify research gaps and needs on the sustainability in the food water-ecosystem nexus and develop an interdisciplinary research concept (proposal) for an integrated regional catchment study. The first summer school planned for 12. – 18. March 2018 focusses on the wetland ecosystem, whereas the following summer schools will target on mountainous regions (March 2019) and drylands (March 2020). The selected ecosystems represent the main terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems of SDG target 15.1 and furthermore key ecosystems of SSA.