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Water sector options for India in a changing climate

Mar 22, 2012

On the eve of the World Water Day 2012, SANDRP in its new report, Water sector options for India in a changing climate, presents an analysis of the state of water sector in India. The report says that climate change offers a unique opportunity to revisit our water management plans and provides recommendations in this context.

Water sector options for India in a changing climate

Publisher: South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP)

The report tries to capture the relevant issues for Indian Water Sector in the context of changing climate. It briefly reviews international situation in the context of the four pillars of climate change response that are used in international climate change framework: adaptation, mitigation, technology and economic/ financial issues. It takes a look at the official programmes and projects of governments in water sector. It includes some local options and success stories in water and agriculture in India in the context of changing climate.

The report highlights that for the poorest sections, also most vulnerable in the climate change context, water, food, livelihood and energy security, closely linked with the environment security, are already getting severely affected in the changing climate. It is well known that water is the medium through which climate change impacts are most dominant.

South Asia is considered possibly the most vulnerable region in terms of number of people that would be affected by climate change impacts, and within South Asia, India has the largest vulnerable population. The importance of understanding the Water Sector Options in such a situation cannot be underestimated.

Divided into 12 chapters, the report concludes that Climate change offers a unique opportunity to revisit our water resources development and management plans, policies and practices. It also provides an opportunity to learn lessons from past approaches to development and management in a credible way.

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