The Indus and the Ganges: river basins under extreme pressure
- Department for International Development
- 1 January 2010
- India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan
- Document Type:
- Journal Article
- Food and Nutrition
- Singh, R., Mukherji, A., Upali Amarasinghe, Sharma, B., Ambili, G. Asad Qureshi, Cai Xueliang, de Condappa, D., Dhruba Pant, Luna Bharati, Smakhtin, V., Tushaar Shah, and Xenarios, S.
The basins of the Indus and Ganges rivers cover 2.20 million km2 and are inhabited by more than a billion people. The region is under extreme pressures of population and poverty, unregulated utilization of the resources and low levels of productivity. The needs are: (1) development policies that are regionally differentiated to ensure resource sustainability and high productivity; (2) immediate development and implementation of policies for sound groundwater management and energy use; (3) improvement of the fragile food security and to broaden its base; and (4) policy changes to address land fragmentation and improved infrastructure. Meeting these needs will help to improve productivity, reduce rural poverty and improve overall human development.
Mukherji, A.; Ambili, G.; Asad Qureshi; Sharma, B.; Cai Xueliang; de Condappa, D.; Dhruba Pant; Luna Bharati; Singh, R.; Smakhtin, V.; Tushaar Shah; Upali Amarasinghe; Xenarios, S. The Indus and the Ganges: river basins under extreme pressure. Water International (2010) 35 (5) 493-521. [Special Issue: Water, Food and Poverty in River Basins, Part 1] [DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2010.512996]
Published: 1 January 2010
Document Type: Journal Article
Theme: Food and Nutrition
Authors: Singh, R. Mukherji, A. Upali Amarasinghe Sharma, B. Ambili, G. Asad Qureshi Cai Xueliang de Condappa, D. Dhruba Pant Luna Bharati Smakhtin, V. Tushaar Shah Xenarios, S.