Agriculture is responsible for lives and
livelihoods. Water is an essential component of this
sector. Changes in precipitation pattern will affect
the crop yields, especially those of rain-fed crops.
The impacts of climate change on water
resources are in various dimensions like variable
precipitation pattern in terms of both temporal and
spatial variability, melting of glaciers, sea level
changes, and so on.
Water resource is becoming scarce as the
supply and demand gap is enlarging, and the most important
issues that arise are water management and allocation
of water among various competing users.
Modelling can be done in various forms
for different hydrological regimes like ground water,
surface water, assessing water balance, and so on.
The rapid pace of globalization, urbanization
and mass tourism is threatening mountain ecosystems
and posing a serious threat to the stability of glaciers
by way of increasing glacier meltdown and corresponding
shrinkage of glaciers.
Good water governance is the product of
effective policies and their interpretation, effective
decision-support instruments, appropriate monitoring
frameworks and adaptive management.
Governance and Management of Water Resources
A participatory approach should be adopted
to efficiently manage water resources. Each and every
stakeholder - users, planners, and especially women
- should be involved in managing and developing the
Integrated Water Resources Management
Management of lake involves a holistic
approach in managing not only the water resources,
but also the great biodiversity of our globe.
River basins sustain ecosystems that are
the main source of water for households, agriculture
and industry, and fulfill many non-consumptive uses.
River Basin Management
Natural resources have a transboundary
nature, and are a geopolitical issue. There are approximately
260 international rivers across the world that account
for 80% of global river flows.
Sharing of innovations in water conservation
and harvesting technologies in different regions need
a common platform in order to enhance the adaptation
Water Conservation and Harvesting
Water is an indispensable input in industrial
sector; some industries are major consumers of water
and others generate large amounts of wastewater.
Water in Industries
Access to safe water is a basic human
right, and better quality and efficient treatment
is the key to it.
Water Quality and Treatment
Social cost-benefit analysis of water
supply and sanitation has proved that the benefits
of providing access to water supply and sanitation
exceeds the cost of not taking any action on these
Water Supply and Sanitation
Watershed management requires judicious
use of natural resources with active involvement of
institutions and organizations, and considering water
requirement of ecosystems as a priority.
Wetlands are the most important 'cradles'
of biodiversity as they are in the vicinity of water
and land, and are most conducive for rare species
to survive and evolve.
On the basis of the priorities of the
South Asian region, the focal themes that have been
identified for the Knowledge Hub are - impacts of
climate change on water resources, equitable allocation
of scarce resources among various competing users,
adaptive strategies and water management. We have
identified 16 main research themes encompassing the
above mentioned focal themes.
If you would like to comment on our broad thematic
structure, give your inputs
The Knowledge Hub will cater to the information needs of 8 partner countries in South Asia, namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Hub intends to establish a membership model to facilitate communication among these countries. Under this framework, the members will have privileged access and right to contribute to exclusive research findings, technical expertise, advocacy, and will be associated with extensive network of APWF's (Asia Pacific Water Forum) knowledge hubs. We have invited all partner countries to become members of the Hub.
Following organizations have expressed
their interest till date
- International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
- International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka
- International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India
- Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (IIT, Chennai), India
- National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), India
- Saci WATERS, India
- Centre for River Basin Organisations and Management (CRBOM), Indonesia
- National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM), Malaysia
If you would like to be a member of the Hub, fill the EOI form and we will respond soon to your membership request.
Create Knowledge Base
The Gateway to the Knowledge Hub intends to develop a knowledge base of current research in water and climate change adaptation in the form of best practices, articles, reports, white papers, and so on. By creating a dynamic, multidisciplinary online learning environment, this Gateway plans to bring together professionals and organizations from the water sector to engage in collective action on the key issues related to water security and management.
We would like you to contribute to this knowledge base so that it can evolve into a reliable and up-to-date resource for various stakeholders in the water sector.
Practices/ Case Studies
We encourage you to share the most relevant case studies on climate change adaptation and water management from your country, highlighting the innovative strategies employed by local communities to ensure water security.
We invite experts in the water sector to get integrated as an important link in our network. As an expert, the Gateway provides you a platform to exhibit your skills and expertise to the world.
of Institutes/ Organizations
We invite organizations in the water sector to use the Gateway as a platform to extend their reach, and build relationships with other organizations working on water and climate change related issues.
of White papers, Reports
We invite you to submit white papers, industry analysis reports, and research studies to help build a comprehensive databank of information on water and climate change adaptation. Please help us grow our content!
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Share your Views
By sharing your views you can facilitate intra and interregional flow of ideas, experiences, and technologies among the partner countries to aid in adapting to climate change impacts on water resources.
We welcome you to express your thoughts and share your experiences on the theme of 'Water Security' in order to convert them into strategic actions that could be adopted. The topic given below is currently open for discussion.
To be able to contribute, you need to be a member of the Gateway. If
you are not a member already, register here.
[Water Security] Fostering Regional Cooperation
To introduce water security in South Asia, observations and inputs are sought on science, economics and politics of regional cooperation to address the water security related issues.
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