On an international river, domestic water management is affected by how other countries use their share of the basin. Developing resilient water management strategies means talking across the whole basin. Therefore, it is important for Afghanistan, China, India and Pakistan to communicate regularly on issues such as data sharing and early-warning. However, regional politics, historic relations and domestic governance of data can impede this task.
The basin-wide dialogues aimed to improve understanding of changes taking place in the Indus Basin through cross-border dialogue aiming to lead to an exchange of perspectives. The dialogues brought together multiple stakeholders including government agencies, relevant national universities, media and existing networks (e.g. Indus Forum, Upper Indus Basin) to share knowledge based on their experience.
The International Conference on Climate and Environment Change Impact on the Indus Basin Waters was held in Kathmandu, in February 2016.
A special session at the International River Symposium 2016 was convened on the topic of Knowledge Sharing and Cross-Basin Learning to Support Stronger Transboundary Management.
The Second Indus Basin Knowledge Forum was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in July, 2017.
The Third Indus Basin Knowledge Forum was held in Vienna, Austria in May/June, 2018.
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Further details below.
The main aim of the international conference co-convened by IWMI, World Bank and ICIMOD was to build better understanding of ongoing research and interventions related to climate change and adaptation, the cryosphere and waters of the Indus basin. It also aimed to provide the latest understanding of physical processes related to climate, cryosphere changes and water availability, including current and future trends in water demand. The conference attempted to develop a framework to synergize the research and implementation efforts of various institutions and individuals.
The conference was focused on presentation of current programs and status of research in the style of a scientific conference. Pre- and post-conference workshops were organized on 16 and 19 February with smaller numbers of the participants. The post-conference workshop on Day 4 (19 February) was dedicated to Upper Indus Basin (UIB) Network and Indus Forum discussions on how the available research can inform policy and how to fill research gaps International scientists invited to the conference informed UIB/Indus forum discussions as well. For more details, visit http://www.icimod.org/?q=21103
The session brought together key experts, government officials, and civil society groups from all the four riparian countries Afghanistan, China, India and Pakistan to discuss and create common understanding of current challenges and potential pathways for meaningful engagement at the International River Symposium in Delhi on 14th September 2016.
The session also featured a panel discussion about learning from other basins on strengthening knowledge sharing for cooperation. The panel explored ways in which cross-basin learnings from the Mekong, Nile and other rivers basins can help support knowledge management and development in the Indus Basin.
Hosted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and co-convened by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the World Bank, the Second Indus Basin Knowledge Forum brought together over a hundred researchers, government officials and development practitioners from Afghanistan, China, India and Pakistan, including international experts and partner representatives working on the Indus Basin.
The Objective of the Forum was to: assess the current state of knowledge, support approaches that advance the knowledge frontiers and explore ways of consolidating and strengthening cooperative efforts more effectively around the co-production and sharing of scientific knowledge across the basin.
For more details, visit: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/events/indus-basin-knowledge-forum
The Third Indus Basin Knowledge Forum was co-convened by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the World Bank, and built on the earlier work of the Indus Forum, the Upper Indus Basin Network and other basin level initiatives, such as the Global Environment Facility funded Integrated Solutions for Water, energy and Land project (ISWEL). It brought together nearly a 100 stakeholders from research, academia, government, foundations and the donor community.
The Objectives of the Forum were to: 1. Follow up on the 2nd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum 2. Bring together researchers and research funders of water-related work in the Indus basin to facilitate interaction and potential collaboration 3. Review the outcomes of the Scenario Workshop for Indus basin developed with basin stakeholders as part of the IIASA's Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy and Lane (ISWEL) project.