HUC TROSA WATER RESEARCH GRANT 2018
The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) Initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has partnered with the Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) programme led by Oxfam to invite proposals for the HUC TROSA Water Research Grant on transboundary water resources governance in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Salween basins. The aim of this call is to strengthen transboundary and regional collaboration across Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries through research, learning, education, capacity strengthening, and institution building. This grant programme will bring together research and practice-based institutions in the HKH region and encourage transboundary collaboration through south-south cooperation among academic practitioners. Institutions receiving the grant must use this funding to pursue concrete long-term transboundary collaboration plans.
The HKH region is the water tower of South and South East Asia. Ten major rivers originate here. The Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna and Salween river basins extend from the world’s tallest mountains, through floodplains and lowland systems to fertile wetlands, deltas, estuaries, and bays. All these rivers hold important cultural and religious significance for the countries they pass through. The waters and rich sediment loads also support fishery and agricultural systems of national and global significance contributing to the economic development of the countries. The waters connect nations and function as trade routes. Yet, millions of people in South and South East Asia do not have secure access to water. This is due to growing competition over natural resources caused by infrastructure development; agricultural, urban, and industrial expansion; and the effects of climate change which manifest as, among other things, floods and droughts that have increased in intensity and frequency in recent years. The transboundary nature of rivers with shared resources across borders provides an opportunity for cooperation in South and South-East Asia over how waters are governed and managed within and across borders.