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Australia hosts South Asia Regional Knowledge Forum

Kathmandu, 20 September – Australian Embassy in Nepal has hosted the South Asia Regional Knowledge Forum on Water, Energy and Food from 20-21 September in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Australian Ambassador Peter Budd inaugurating the Regional Knowledge Forum in Kathmandu on Wednesday

The Knowledge Forum is an opportunity for researchers, policymakers and practitioners working across three major river basins of South Asia — the Indus, Brahmaputra and Ganges — to address interdependencies of the water, energy and food sectors.

Across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, the river basins are home to 300 million people. Water, energy and food insecurity is increasing due to population growth and rising competition for scarce water resources between agriculture, energy, industry and the environment.

The Knowledge Forum will identify new ideas and approaches to manage these challenges.

Australia says it is contributing its expertise and experience in integrated water resources management, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.

Australia has partnered with the following organisations in this work:

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD); InternationalFinance Corporation (IFC); The Asia Foundation (TAF); South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI) managed by the World Bank; International Centre of Excellence for Water Resource Management (ICEWaRM); Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); and, Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).