This book analyzes water policies in South Asia from the perspective of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). It seeks to address the problems of water scarcity, conflict and pollution resulting from the gross mismanagement and over-exploitation of this finite resource. Highlighting the need for IWRM in mitigating abuse and ensuring sustainable use, it discusses issues relating to groundwater management; inter-state water conflicts; peri-urban water use; local traditional water management practices; coordination between water users and uses; and water integration at the grassroots level.

With case studies from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal, the innovative, painstaking and transnational researches presented in the volume deal with questions of equity, gender, sustainability, and democratic governance in water policy interventions. It will interest researchers and students of development studies, environmental studies, natural resource management, water governance, and public administration, as also water sector professionals, policymakers, civil society activists and governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

part I|48 pages

Understanding of Need of Integrated Water Management in South Asia

chapter |24 pages

Informing Water Policies for Integrated Water Resources Management in South Asia

ByAnjal Prakash, Chanda Gurung Goodrich, Sreoshi Singh

chapter 1|22 pages

Towards Integrated Water Policies in South Asia

From Critique to Constructive Engagement
ByAmita Shah, Anjal Prakash

part II|90 pages

Gender and Water

chapter 2|24 pages

Challenging the Flow

Gendered Participation, Equity and Sustainability in Decentralized Water Governance in Gujarat
BySara Ahmed

chapter 3|20 pages

Rethinking Gender Inclusion and Equity in Irrigation Policy

Insights from Nepal
ByPranita Bhushan Udas

chapter 4|18 pages

Entering Male Domain and Challenging Stereotypes

A Case Study on Gender and Irrigation in Sindh, Pakistan
ByShaheen Ashraf Shah, Nazeer Ahmed Memon

chapter 5|26 pages

An Attempt at Quantification of Women’s Empowerment in Small-Scale Water Resources Project

BySayeda Asifa Ashrafi, Rezaur Rahman

part III|77 pages

Managing Groundwater

chapter 6|23 pages

Impact of Electricity Tariff Policy on Groundwater Use

The Case of West Bengal, India
ByA. Mukherji, B. Das, N. Majumdar, B. R. Sharma, P. S. Banerjee

chapter 7|52 pages

Are Wells a Potential Threat to Farmers’ Well-being?

The Case of Deteriorating Groundwater Irrigation in Tamil Nadu, India
ByS. Janakarajan, M. Moench

part IV|75 pages

Water Conflicts and Cooperation in South Asia

chapter 9|28 pages

Inter-sector Allocation of Hirakud Dam Water

An Economic Analysis
BySanjukta Das

chapter 10|22 pages

Sustainable Management and Regional Cooperation for Himalayan Waters

ByRamesh Ananda Vaidya, Madhav Bahadur Karki

part V|41 pages

Water in Changing Contexts

chapter 11|19 pages

Growing City, Diminishing Water Access

Urbanization and Peri-urban Water Use in Gurgaon and Faridabad, India
ByVishal Narain

chapter 12|20 pages

Filtering Dirty Water and Finding Fresh One

Engaging with Tradition in Dug-Well Intervention in North Bihar
ByLuisa Cortesi