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Water, Human Rights and Governance

January 1, 2003

The overall goal of this particular publication is to explore the interlinked issues of water, human rights, and governance and to evaluate how such concerns could practically be addresses in global approaches to water development. Specific approaches include identifying and articulating the basic human rights issues associated with water management; exploring issues of governance and measures and identifying key points of leverage where human rights questions might become a mainstream feature in decision making management around water; developing a practical strategy for utilizing these points of leverage to mainstream the issues; establishing links between the diverse groups working on water, governance and human rights; and publishing a document highlighting results and disseminating it to key public and policy audiences.

The Fluid Mosaic: Water Governance in the Context of Variability, Uncertainty and Change, A Synthesis Paper

January 1, 2003

This report summarises five years of collaborative investigation by Indian and Nepali researchers on water management needs and options in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and parts of Nepal. The sections focus on the specific water management issues and challenges in case study areas. The core messages, however, relate to the fluid mosaic of water governance -- how society may be able to address the sharp edged, immediate constraints present at local levels and shaped by local conditions but ordered within a larger, changing, fluid and poorly understood picture.Field research in case study areas was conducted by Nepal Water Conservation Foundation (NWCF, Kathmandu, Nepal), the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS, Chennai, Tamil Nadu), the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur (IDS, Jaipur, Rajasthan) and the Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction (VIKSAT, Ahmedabad, Gujarat). The Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET, Boulder, Colorado) coordinated and supported the project.

Rethinking the Mosaic: Investigations into Local Water Management

January 1, 1999

This is the report of the first phase of the collaborative program on Local Supply and Conservation Responses to Water Scarcity supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and The Ford Foundation. The study investigated water management issues of four river basins: the Palar, the Sabarmati, and the Shekhawatiin Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Rajasthan respectively as well as the Tinau in Nepal that joins the West Rapti in Uttar Pradesh. Water management challenges in the Noyyal and the Bhavani basins of Tamil Nadu were also investigated.In the first three basins, water scarcity is an increasingly grim reality. The organizations and their principal investigators have extensive experience in analysing water management issues in scarcity situations. The fourth river basin was selected to capture the physical diversity of a Himalayan river and to analyse the water management concerns in an area of Nepal and India that is ostensibly rich in water resources but is beginning to confront a situation of stress.