Water management decisions are often made in isolation from other issues and sectors. This is a major challenge in environment and development ''hotspots' where decisions to improve water supply may lead to long-term harmful consequences. Non-inclusive decision-making can leave local communities worse off as the benefits from such developments are exported to the urban or more influential areas. The interaction between layers of data in the upper Indus basin is expected to highlight the socio-political-environmental impact of decisions to improve water management. The objective of this component is to develop an analytical framework to help unravel the interconnections between actions and effects on the ground.
Using the publically available data gathered, a mapping tool has been built under this component using open-source geographic information systems (GIS) to overlap multiple layers of data and complex decision-making challenges within part of the upper Indus Basin.
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A stakeholder consultation workshop was conducted in Kathmandu, Nepal on the 25th and 26th of June, 2018, to further develop the GIS Mapping tool prototype developed by IWMI. The objective of the consultation workshop, was to refine the prototype tool based on the input from stakeholders in the Basin, to ensure that it is truly tailored to assist with decision making needs on water resources management in the Kabul River Basin shared by Afghanistan and Pakistan. The second day comprised of a field visit to the Indravati River Basin, a tributary of the Koshi River, to study challenges in transboundary river basin management.