Co-host: The Asia Foundation
Sagar Prasai, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation
Shawahiq Siddiqui, Environmental Lawyer, Advisor and Consultant, Bureau of Research on Industry & Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF)
Uttam Kumar Sinha, Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
Moderator: Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director, The Third Pole
This panel discussion, co-hosted with The Asia Foundation, enhanced the understanding of participants on cooperation issues in South Asia with a focus on the Himalayan river systems. The discussion highlighted water as a complex resource linked with other securities, requiring national, international and sub-national management and a multilateral approach. India-China and India-Nepal relations and water issues were discussed. The panel emphasized the need for sharing of stories and exchange of information including those on infrastructure projects that could affect downstream areas.