Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Disaster Management for the Brahmaputra Basin

Publish Date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 09:45

Water related disasters in the Brahmaputra basin arc common phenomena, and are being Frequently faced across its riparian countries. It is perceived that there are ample opportunities for cooperation in managing the destructive impacts of the river. Since 2013, the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, SaciWATERs, based in Hyderabad, India has undertaken an initiative, entitled the "'Trans-boundary Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance in Brahmaputra River" involving four riparian countries India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China. The Brahmaputra Dialogue seeks to create a platform for discussion of issues, challenges, and opportunities towards improved co-management of the river basin. Through this, it is aimed to enhance cross-sharing and understanding on disaster preparedness and mitigation across the region. In the dialogue, state and non-state actors will engage themselves in sharing best practices on disaster and river management; provide an avenue to discuss possibilities and areas for future collaboration and provide guidance towards river governance from their respective country perspectives. A daylong session titled Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Disaster Management for the Brahmaputra Basin held on 26 April 2017 at BRAC Inn Auditorium. Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University; South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) and Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS) jointly organized the workshop. Professor Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus, and Advisor, C3ER, BRAC University chaired the event. Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Secretary, MoWR, Bangladesh was presented as the Key Note Speaker. The workshop started with the welcome note by Mr. ATM Zakir Hossain, Executive Director, JJS followed by opening remarks by Dr. Aditya Bastola, Senior Fellow, SaciWATERs. After that Dr. Anamika Barua, Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati, India moderated high-level panel discussion on knowledge sharing, policy perspective, mapping priorities for cooperation through disaster management. The workshop concluded with the concluding remarks by Professor Nishat, C3ER and Dr. Anamika Barua, Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati, India followed by a vote of thanks by Mr. Zakir, JJS.