In June 2019, CSIRO and the Water Resources Planning Organisation (WARPO), Bangladesh, signed a scientific cooperation agreement for the generation and use of scientific knowledge to support water reform in Bangladesh.
WARPO, the apex organisation under the Ministry of Water Resources, is responsible for nationwide water resources planning in Bangladesh. It is the secretariat of the Executive Committee to the National Water Resources Council (ECNWRC), which maintains the National Water Resources Database and provides technical support to the National Planning Commission to monitor and evaluate National Water Management Plan implementation.
Over the years, CSIRO has been working with WARPO and other Bangladeshi partners such as the Barind Multipurpose Development Authority, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute and Institute of Water Modelling to improve understanding of water resources, irrigation practices and management strategies.
CSIRO’s people-centric approach targeted improving food security and livelihoods of the people, with a specific focus on women and girls, through sustainable water management practices.
The new collaboration agreement deepens CSIRO’s cooperation with WARPO and is a recognition of our commitment to improving water, food and energy security in Bangladesh. It will enable CSIRO and WARPO to jointly explore funding opportunities and share research facilities and capabilities on Integrated Water Resources Management.
Both CSIRO and WARPO will work together to improve groundwater and salinity management, managed aquifer recharge, urban water management as well as other researches of mutual interest.
This news post, designed and implemented by CSIRO, contributes to the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) and is supported by the Australian aid program. SDIP aims to improve the integrated management of water, energy and food in the Himalayan river basins, addressing climate risk and the interests of women and girls. It seeks to: