The climate change inducing disasters have wider impacts on sharing water resources; and are affecting multiple countries at a time. The ever increasing frequency; and intensity of disasters have already overwhelming capacities of countries to respond.
But the regional fragilities have increased manifolds and water stress and its impact on riparian livelihoods is also an emerging problem; 2 days consultation on Trans Boundary Cooperation for Effective Management of Water Risks between Bhutan; and India was jointly organizing by NERSWN; Oxfam India, TROSA and Aranyak. The increasing number of vehicles is a good economic sign for the people; however, we will have to cope up with the traffic rules.
Inclusive water governance
But the charter has been endorsing by the members of academia; media and government representatives present on the occasion. The intrinsic linkages between South Asian countries; rooting to geopolitics, demography, socio economic and cultural ties; can lead to the cascading effects spurring by disasters or climate change; affecting the whole region adversely.
But the Bhutan India civil society organisations in Kokrajhar collectively strive; and agree to join hands together to strengthen people to people ties for building progressively trust; and confidence and to safeguard the rights of riparian communities upstream and downstream; promote and support more community led ecosystem management and conservation practices; including cross border basin level initiatives; and enhance role of women and youth in effective management of water resources.
The organizations have also deciding to strengthen transboundary cooperation for early warning systems and action for water inducing risks including disasters; but pollution and other forms of water stress impacting lives and livelihood of riparian communities.
Besides, the organizations agree to engage with local and national governments for transparent, accountable and inclusive water governance; but facilitate media engagement and cooperation on transboundary water governance; however, contribute to more evidence informed dialogues and collaboration through research and knowledge partnerships.