Waters of Hope: From Vision to Reality in Himalaya-Ganga Development Cooperation
This study deals with comprehensive development of the vast and varies land and water resources of the enormously rich Ganga-Brahmaputra-Bark basin which is paradoxically the locus of the world\'s single largest poverty-hunger belt. The study is informed by two broad themes: first, integrated development of the manifold resources in each of the five countries encompassed in the basin - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and the Tibet region of China - to generate wealth and employment and reverse the environmental degradation of decades and centuries; and secondly the need for regional cooperation in ensuring optimised solutions. Though this will entail some give and take, the sum of the benefits derived by each country would far outweigh the "concessions" seen to be granted by each to the others. This lesson comes through.