This publication explores the potential of the Meghna River as an alternative water source for Dhaka. It also describes the fragile state of the city’s current drinking water supply due to increasing demand and surface contamination.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently launched a report and preliminary study on benefit sharing opportunities in the Meghna Basin for Bangladesh and India. Governance based on ‘benefit sharing’ is more holistic than traditional governance, which has historically been about allocating water.

This flood risk assessment and forecasting for the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basins summarizes the technical findings, includes highlights of the work, and links to the full technical reports and new interactive online resources.

This new study led by an Indian scientist Dr Roxy Mathew Koll, from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune, points out a significant decreasing trend in the summer monsoon rainfall over the central Indian subcontinent during the past century. It suggests an important role of the rapid warming in the Indian Ocean in weakening of monsoon circulation and rainfall.

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal are connected by the combined system of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers, but erratic water supplies and pressures of population growth are leading to tensions over management of these transboundary waters. GOLAM RASUL outlines the main issues of transboundary water management in this Himalayan basin and the opportunities that exist to improve cooperation between these countries.

Hilsa catches from rivers are shrinking in spite of a rise in overall production, due to pollution and falling navigability.

Climate change upsets life, livelihood alike; major rivers flowing below usual level

ADB will provide $250 million for a project of Dhaka WASA to develop an environmentally sustainable water supply system in the city.

The four major rivers — Jamuna, Ganges, Padma and Meghna — may grab around 3,700 hectares of land leaving 36,680 people landless and homeless this year.

Experts from Bangladesh and different parts of the country participated in the symposium jointly organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Patna University, and Univer