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

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Bonn Water Lecture

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”.

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. 

 

 

 

 

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