Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Regional Conference on “Common Water Management: The Case of the Ganges- Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) River Basin”

Tossed a bombshell amongst the participants who wanted to have a number of reservoir projects built in Nepal to augment flow beyond Farakka barrage and control flood. They were “shocked” to learn from me that those enjoying positive externalities like augmented flow and flood control will have to recompense Nepal for bearing negative externalities like inundation/submergence and involuntary displacement as well as restriction on consumptive use in the upstream areas (including even China) if they expect such projects to be built in Nepal. The conference was organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Dhaka.

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