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Our work with key agencies and educational institutions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh built capacity and tools to support the individual water reform journeys in these countries.
Our work helped to build capacity and tools to support the water reform journeys of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, with inclusion of climate change and gender considerations.
The governments of Afghanistan and Australia developed a strategic pathway (roadmap) for implementation of a water information system based on extensive review of relevant policies, plans and reports, and technical consultation.
Researchers and policy makers from Bangladesh and Australia are working to understand the sustainable level of water use, particularly groundwater use, for irrigation in the northwest region of Bangladesh.
We worked with government and water managers in India to identify key future challenges and opportunities for water – its use, planning and management – in the Brahmani Baitarni Basin.
Working together, the Nepal and Australian governments built capacity in strategic river basin planning through the Kamala River Basin Initiative in the south-east of Nepal. Knowledge, tools and experience from this project can be used in basin planning across Nepal.
We worked with Pakistan government agencies to implement Australian water resource management technologies, and built local capacity in integrated water resources management and impact assessment. This work supported a more productive and water secure Pakistan.
A key challenge for gender integration within the areas of water science and water governance is the lack of gender balance in institutions. We worked with partners in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh to increase diversity (with emphasis on women, as well as early to mid-career staff).
An understanding of likely future climate is critical to river basin planning and management in South Asia. This is vital as climate change will impact water and related sectors.
Achievements in SDIP centred around three themes: knowledge and practice, capacity development and creating an enabling environment.
SDIP in the news
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Acknowledging the role of Pakistan’s women in agriculture
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Launching the Afghanistan National Water Information System Roadmap
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Water security for COVID-19 response and recovery: Lessons from research in South Asia
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Women’s work in agriculture in northwest Bangladesh under-valued
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