Civil Society in the Water Sector

  • Avinash C. Tyagi
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Integrated river basin management approach is the need of the hour for equitable and efficient management and sustainable use of scarce water resources in the country. Integrated basin management is about integrating all sources of water, all water-using sectors, temporal and spatial integration, all stakeholders, relevant policy framework, legal and institutional framework, human and environmental needs, etc. It requires the participation of various stakeholders with competitive or supplementing interests such as up-stream down-stream users, various sectoral users, development and environmental needs and so on. It is important that the basin management approach actively involves all these stakeholders in the development and management of the river basin to meet the challenge of water and food security. Such a participation needs to be based on the well-informed debate at various levels. All the stakeholders whether governmental departments, non-government players, farmers, or common users need to be well informed. Civil society organizations, such as professional organizations, advocacy groups or academic institutions can play a crucial role in enabling active and effective participation of stakeholders.



The author is thankful to the management of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, New Delhi for permission to publish this article. Thanks are also due to my colleagues in the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, World Water Council and in Global Water Partnership who shared their experiences while working with civil society organizations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avinash C. Tyagi
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  1. 1.Former Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and DrainageNew DelhiIndia

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