This volume is divided into three sections-Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. The first section on Nepal discusses how its water resources could be utilized to benefit people of the Ganga basin. The challenge is to manage its water better for the well-being of its people, and reduce poverty. The section on India talks about the development and management of water resources at the beginning of the third millennium. This section covers, among other issues, the physical
set-up of the country, relevant to socio-economic aspects, the institutional framework for water resources development, the effect of flood and drought on the Indian economy, water supply, sanitation, and its effect on the quality on the quality of water. The concluding section on Bangladesh talks about
how water resources management is a major challenge in the country. Alternating flood and water scarcity, meeting the water needs of a growing population, massive river sedimentation, bank erosion, satisfying multi-sector water needs with limited resources are some of the issues that have been discussed in this section.
Iswer Raj Onta is Chairman, Nepal Water Partnership, and Advisor, Eastconsult, Kathmandu, Nepal; Avinash C. Tyagi is Director, Hydrology and Water Resources Department, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; Hamidur Rahman Khan is with Bangladesh Water Partnership, Dhaka, Bangladesh