Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman and Olli Varis are Researchers with the Water and Development Research Group, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland. Emails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Integrated water management of the Brahmaputra basin: Perspectives and hope for regional development
Article first published online: 7 APR 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 United Nations
Natural Resources Forum
Special Issue: Integrated Water Resources Management in Water-Stressed Countries
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 60–75, February 2009
How to Cite
Rahaman, M. M. and Varis, O. (2009), Integrated water management of the Brahmaputra basin: Perspectives and hope for regional development. Natural Resources Forum, 33: 60–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-8947.2009.01209.x
- Issue published online: 7 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 7 APR 2009
- Brahmaputra basin;
- Integrated Water Resources Management;
- Water cooperation;
- Regional development
Water is strongly linked with the overall development framework of the Brahmaputra basin. However, the absence of integrated management of Brahmaputra water resources and lack of coordination among the riparian states constitutes an ongoing threat to future development plans within the basin. Brahmaputra's abundant hydropower potential can help give riparian countries a safer energy future that is the key driving force behind the prospect of potential cooperation. This paper analyses the current status of Brahmaputra water resources and identifies the perspectives of riparian countries regarding the development of the Brahmaputra basin. It also identifies the opportunities for cooperation and regional development through integrated water development and management of the Brahmaputra basin. It is essential to develop an integrated water resources management approach involving all riparians to foster regional development and overcome the prospect of severe water conflict along the Brahmaputra basin.