Expanding Tradable Benefits of Trans-boundary Water Promoting Navigational Usage of Inland Waterways in Ganga and Brahmaputra Basins

SAWTEE implemented the Nepal component of the project Expanding tradable benefits of trans-boundary water: Promoting navigational usage of inland waterways in Ganga and Brahmaputra basins from September 2016 to September 2017. The project was led and coordinated by CUTS International and funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK. The consortium of SAWTEE, CUTS International, Unnayan Shamannay and Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) implemented the project in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, respectively. 

The goal of the project was to contribute to improving institutions for inland waterways governance. The project particularly emphasised transport connectivity and livelihood issues in the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) region. Among other things, the project helped to create an alternative policy discourse between policy-makers, civil society and communities for enabling reform measures and better governance of inland waterways. The collective knowledge on the institutions governing inland waterways gained during the course of the project was shared among government representatives and civil society organizations in sub-national, national and regional advocacy meetings. Media articles and advocacy papers were also published in order to reach a wider audience.