Elevating river basin management and cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region

Featured image: Attabad Lake in Northern Pakistan, formed through a Land Slide in 2010, taken in August 2019 By Lukas (Adobe Stock)

The Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra basins are among the most important river basins in South Asia, providing water resources to close to a billion people. The effective and inclusive governance of these transboundary basins is critical to ensure sustainable development, livelihoods and regional collaboration.

With support of the Australian Water Partnership, ICIMOD implemented the project, ‘Elevating river basin governance and cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region’, with the aim to strengthen transboundary river basin management arrangements and enhance cooperation between the major river basins with headwaters originating in the HKH region.

Under ICIMOD’s technical guidance, a consortium of Australian project partners including eWater, the Institute for Study and Development Worldwide (IFSD), and Aither produced basin assessment reports for the Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Indus basins.

These reports describe emerging practices for overcoming barriers to effective and inclusive transboundary river basin management and climate challenges, and provide recommendations for strengthening river basin cooperation and resilience.

The reports provide analyses of the socio-economic trends, environmental characteristics, climate change impacts, and the state of basin governance, including relevant treaties, policies, and agreements.

They offer high-level recommendations for promoting basin-wide cooperation, regional water governance, data standardisation, catalysing cooperation through mutual goals, and adopting an inclusive approach that engages all relevant stakeholders, including marginalised groups, indigenous people, and those with disabilities.

Speakers in this webinar include:

Welcome and introduction

  • Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
  • Sarah Ransom, General Manager, Australian Water Partnership


  • John Dore, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Overview of reports

  • Huw Pohlner, Aither
  • Hemant Ojha, Institute for Study and Development Worldwide
  • Russell Rollason, eWater

Panel discussion

  • Aisha Khan, Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change
  • Sagar Prasai, Independent Researcher
  • Anamika Barua, IIT Guwahati
  • Basundhara Bhattarai, Institute for Study and Development Worldwide
  • Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO

Closing remarks

  • Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD
  • Rohan Kent, Australian Water Partnership

The publications being launched include:

20 March 2024
2:15 – 6:15pm AEDT
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