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Water Management in South Asia

Socio-economic, Infrastructural, Environmental and Institutional Aspects

  • Sumana Bandyopadhyay
  • Habibullah Magsi
  • Sucharita Sen
  • Tomaz Ponce Dentinho

Part of the Contemporary South Asian Studies book series (CSAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sumana Bandyopadhyay, Habibullah Magsi, Sucharita Sen, Tomaz Ponce Dentinho
      Pages 3-7
  3. Water Trade-offs Between Nature and Mankind

  4. Water Trade-offs Between Sectoral and Regional Water Issues

  5. Institutions and Sustainable Regional Use of Water

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Anwar Hussain
      Pages 135-157
    3. Abdullah Abusayed Khan, Md. Saidur Rashid Sumon, Taufiq-E-Ahmed Shovo
      Pages 159-173
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-260

About this book


This book highlights various challenges and opportunities for water management and cooperation in South Asia. In light of increasing urbanization and development in the region and related pressure on water resources, the contributions investigate water conflictual and cooperative attitudes and gestures between countries and regions; analyse management trade-offs between nature, agriculture and urban uses; and examine water sustainable management and related policies. By studying major river basins in the region, such as Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Godavari and Krishna, the chapters highlight socio-economic, infrastructural, environmental and institutional aspects of water scarcity in South Asia and present best practices for improved sustainable water management and security in the region.


Water Conflicts Water Management Water security Regional Cooperation in South Asia Indus, Brahmaputra and Ganges Rivers Sustainable Use of Water

Editors and affiliations

  • Sumana Bandyopadhyay
    • 1
  • Habibullah Magsi
    • 2
  • Sucharita Sen
    • 3
  • Tomaz Ponce Dentinho
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural EconomicsSindh Agriculture UniversityTando JamPakistan
  3. 3.SaciWATERsSecunderabadIndia
  4. 4.University of AzoresAngra do HeroísmoPortugal

About the editors

Sumana Bandyopadhyay is professor at the Department of Geography of Calcutta University in India, specialized in Regional Planning and Urban Environmental Planning. She published books and scientific peer review articles as well as many interdisciplinary applied work on environmental, societal and development issues. 

Sucharita Sen is the Executive Director of SaciWATERs in October 2016 and is a Professor in the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was a Nehru-Fulbright Fellow in 2009-10 and was associated with Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA during this period. 

Habibullah Magsi currently works at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sindh Agriculture University. Habibullah does research in Development Economics. Their current project is 'Proximate driving forces of "land use conflicts" in developing countries 

Tomaz Ponce Dentinho is a professor at the University of the Azores, Portugal in the domains of Regional, Environmental and Agricultural Economics. Since 2011 he is the executive director of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and since 2017 the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Regional Science Policy and Practice.

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