Connecting the Drops: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research and Policy Coordination

February 26, 2013

Connecting the Drops: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research, Data Sharing, and Policy Coordination seeks to build mutual understanding between Indian and Pakistani decision-makers of the common water risks they confront in the Indus Basin. Drawn from the combined input of 25 leading Indian and Pakistani water experts, climate change specialists, economists, and former ambassadors, the report provides a menu of practical steps to bolster Indian and Pakistani capacities to measure, evaluate, and address increasing strains on their shared water resources. Policy recommendations and ideas for cross-border research initiatives focus on five key areas: agriculture and food security, energy and economic development, climate change and environmental pressures, glaciology, and institutions, governance, and diplomacy.

Connecting the Drops is the culmination of an 18-month Track II diplomatic initiative conducted with the support of the US State Department. The Stimson Center, in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan) and the Observer Research Foundation (India), convened the project's 25-member Indus Basin Working Group for a series of meetings in the region throughout 2012. The policy and research ideas generated during these workshop discussions are intended to illuminate potential pathways for continued international cooperation to meet South Asia's collective security, development, and environmental challenges.