Meet on inland waterways today

Assam Tribune, 24 October, 2016
Global NGO CUTS International is organising a project launch meeting, ‘Expanding tradable benefits of trans-boundary water: Promoting navigational usage of inland waterways in Ganga and Brahmaputra basins’ here tomorrow.

The event is being held with an aim to create an alternative policy discourse between policy-makers, civil society and communities for enabling reform measures and better governance of inland waterways and share knowledge between governments and civil society organisations on governance of inland waterways.

The project is supported by The Asia Foundation, said a statement.

This project will be implemented by CUTS International in partnership with Unnayan Shamannay, Bangladesh; Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Bhutan and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, Nepal.

The event will open with a keynote address by Arup Kumar Dutta, prominent writer and columnist. It will also include addresses by officials from the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Guwahati and the Inland Water Transport, Department of Transport, Government of Assam.

The event is also expected to have participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India. The participants will be composed of stakeholders from NGOs, civil society organisations, policy-makers and government officials.

Some of the organizations who will be part of the event are Guwahati University, ISET (Nepal), Tata Institute of Social Science (Guwahati), East-West University (Dhaka), AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies (Patna), Assam Bengal Navigation (Guwahati), Indian Environment Law Organization (New Delhi), IUCN Asia Regional Office (Bangkok), Aaranyak, (Guwahati), SaciWATERs (Secunderabad) and Asian Confluence (Shillong).

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