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

Stimson’s Environmental Security Program launch of:

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

 
featuring
 
David Michel
Director, Environmental Security Program, Stimson
 
Winston Yu
Senior Water Resources Specialist for South Asia, World Bank
 
Satu Limaye
Director, East-West Center

 

Connecting the Drops: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research, Data Sharing, and Policy Coordination from Stimson Center on Vimeo.

 


Decision
makers in India and Pakistan will have to overcome a host of overlapping
socio-economic, environmental, and political pressures as they endeavor to
fulfill their countries’ future water needs and peacefully manage the Indus
River Basin that both countries share. Increasingly subject to soaring demand,
unsustainable consumption patterns, and mounting environmental stresses, almost
all of the basin’s renewable water resources are already allocated for various
uses – with little to no spare capacity. Scientific and policy collaboration
across national and disciplinary boundaries will be essential to providing
decision makers with better understanding of the multiple risks weighing on the
Indus Basin and the consequent water resource challenges and choices facing the
riparian nations.
 
The Stimson Center, in coordination with the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (Pakistan) and the Observer Research Foundation (India), is pleased
to announce the release of a new report, Connecting the Drops: An Indus
Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research, Data Sharing, and Policy
Coordination
. The report results from a Track II
diplomatic initiative that brought together leading Indian and Pakistani
scientists, diplomats, water policy analysts and practitioners to analyze
emerging stresses on the countries’ shared water resources and identify best
practices for cooperative knowledge building and sustainable water management
in the Indus Basin.
 
Stimson held a briefing on the
report’s policy and research recommendations, and hosted a panel discussion of cross-border water
management challenges and opportunities in South Asia.
 
Copies of the report were available, and the event was open to the
media. For more information, please contact Russell Sticklor at [email protected]

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