The Manas Integrated River Basin Management Project (M-IRBM)” is a 4-year, USD $8.9 WWF GEF project with the Government of India and the Royal Government of Bhutan. The project represents a first joint attempt to address transboundary water risks to livelihoods, food security, life, property, and infrastructure. The project objective, to develop an integrated and ecosystem-based approach for managing the Manas River Basin, will be achieved through four inter-related components: (1) Strengthening enabling environment for improved India-Bhutan cooperation and future strategic collaboration of the Manas River Basin; (2) Field demonstrations to test innovative resilience solutions on the ground and possible mechanisms for up-scaling in glacial basins; (3) Filling knowledge gaps for strategic cooperation on glacier-fed river basins, and; (4) Knowledge management and effective project Monitoring and Evaluation.
Country: India, Bhutan
Focal area: International Waters
Executing Agency and partners:
India: Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change, and Assam State Government agencies (Assam Water Resources Department (AWRD), Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Assam Forest Department, Bodo Territorial Council
Bhutan: National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, National Environment Commission, and Gross National Happiness Commission
GEF grant: US$ 8,899,083
Cofinancing total: US$ 50,000,000
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