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Transboundary water governance and international actors in South Asia : the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin

Author: Paula Hanasz
Publisher: London [England] ; New York, New York : Routledge, 2018. ©2018
Series: Earthscan studies in water resource management.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"International organisations such as the World Bank began to intervene in the transboundary water governance of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin in the mid-2000s, and the South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) is its most ambitious project in this regard. Yet neither SAWI nor other international initiatives, such as those of the Australian and UK governments, have been able to significantly improve  Read more...
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Hanasz, Paula.
Transboundary water governance and international actors in South Asia : the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin.
London [England] ; New York, New York : Routledge, ©2018
x, 192 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Hanasz
ISBN: 9781351599313 1351599313 1351599321 9781351599320 9781315104836 1315104830 9781351599306 1351599305 1138097543 9781138097544
OCLC Number: 1013852634
Description: 1 online resource (205 pages).
Contents: Chapter Introduction --
chapter 1 International actors in the resolution of transboundary water conflicts --
chapter 2 Legacies and challenges for water governance in the Ganges- Brahmaputra problemshed --
chapter 3 The transboundary water governance agenda in the Ganges- Brahmaputra problemshed --
chapter 4 Why are international actors interested in the Ganges- Brahmaputra problemshed? --
chapter 5 Normative claims of international actors --
chapter 6 From water conflict to water cooperation through the World Bank? --
chapter 7 Mixed reactions to foreign- led initiatives from riparian stakeholdifers --
chapter 8 Obstacles to positive water interaction in the Ganges- Brahmaputra problemshed --
chapter 9 The small issue of the big brother: the effect of India's hydro- hegemony --
chapter 10 Limitations of foreign- led approaches --
chapter 11 Structural challenges in the global system of foreign aid --
chapter 12 Insights for international actors in the Ganges- Brahmaputra problemshed and beyond.
Series Title: Earthscan studies in water resource management.
Responsibility: Paula Hanasz.

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"International organisations such as the World Bank began to intervene in the transboundary water governance of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin in the mid-2000s, and the South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) is its most ambitious project in this regard. Yet neither SAWI nor other international initiatives, such as those of the Australian and UK governments, have been able to significantly improve transboundary water interaction between India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. This book identifies factors that contribute to water conflicts and that detract from water cooperation in this region. It sheds light on how international organisations affect these transboundary water interactions. The book discusses how donor-led initiatives can better engage with transboundary hydropolitics to increase cooperation and decrease conflict over shared freshwater resources. It is shown that there are several challenges: addressing transboundary water issues is not a top priority for the riparian states; there is concern about India's hydro-hegemony and China's influence; and international actors in general do not have substantial support of the local elites. However, the book suggests some ways forward for improving transboundary water interaction. These include: addressing the political context and historical grievances; building trust and reducing power asymmetry between riparian states; creating political will for cooperation; de-securitising water; taking a problemshed view; strengthening water sharing institutions; and moving beyond narratives of water scarcity and supply-side solutions."--Provided by publisher.

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