The Ganges Water Diversion: Environmental Effects and Implications / Edition 1

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Overview

This book presents multi-disciplinary analyses of the environmental effects and implications in Bangladesh and India of the Ganges water diversion. The analyses demonstrate that the downstream part of the Ganges River basin in Bangladesh, which has a sensitive ecosystem, has become very vulnerable to water diversion and as a result it has caused significant damage to many economic sectors and ecosystems. Areas upstream of the Farakka Barrage in India have become more vulnerable to floods and riverbank erosion. The Kolkata Port has marginally benefited from the water diversion. In the Hooghly River estuary, populations of flora and fauna have thrived. In the downstream areas of Bangladesh costly adaptation measures have been adopted and in many cases damages are irreparable. A regional cooperative framework is presented to foster water resources and environmental development in the Ganges River basin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402024795
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 10/29/2007
  • Series: Water Science and Technology Library Series , #49
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Ganges water diversion : environmental effects and implications - an introduction
2 Hydrological changes in Bangladesh
3 Role of Farakka Barrage on the disastrous 1998 flood in Malda (West Bengal)
4 Impact of upstream human interventions on the morphology of the Ganges-Gorai system
5 Effects on water salinity in Bangladesh
6 Farakka Barrage and its impact on the hydrology and fishery of Hooghly estuary
7 Implications on ecosystems in Bangladesh
8 Watering the Bangladesh Sundarbans
9 Adverse effects on agriculture in the Ganges basin in Bangladesh
10 Environmental impacts of the Ganges water diversion and its international legal aspects
11 Watching the Farakka Barrage : role of media
12 Vulnerability to the Ganges water diversion : adaptation and coping mechanisms
13 The Ganges water sharing treaty : risk analysis of the negotiated discharge
14 Regional cooperation on water and environment in the Ganges basin : Bangladesh perspectives
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