The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin contains the largest number of the world's poor in any one region. The population is increasing steadily, and unless the current development trends are broken, poverty will become even more pervasive. The region is endowed with considerable natural resources that could be used to foster sustainable economic development. Water could be successfully used as the engine to promote economic development of the region, which has been hindered because the most populous part of the basin is shared by three countries: Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, who have in the past been unable to agree to an integrated development plan. In Sustainable Development of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basins, leading technocrats and intellectuals discuss how, through cooperation between the countries concerned and by taking a holistic development approach, the quality of life of the people of the basin could be improved significantly within a reasonable timeframe.
About the Author
Asit K. Biswas is the president of the Third World Centre for Water Management and a member of the World Commission on Water. Juha I. Uitto is senior evaluation advisor at the United Nations Development Programme Evaluation Office, New York, USA.
Table of Contents
|List of tables and figures||vii|
|Note on measurements||x|
|1||Management of international rivers: Opportunities and constraints||1|
|2||Ganges-Brahmaputra: The outlook for the twenty-first century||17|
|3||Constraints and opportunities for cooperation towards development of water resources in the Ganges basin||46|
|4||Brahmaputra: Issues in development||58|
|5||Development and management of water resources in Bangladesh: Post-1996 treaty opportunities||80|
|6||Harnessing the Himalayan waters of Nepal: A case for partnership for the Ganges basin||100|
|7||Water resources development of Nepal: A regional perspective||122|
|8||Water resource development and the environment in Bhutan||145|
|9||From dispute to dialogue to doing||163|
|List of contributors||197|