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River basin management in India: contemporary issues and future governance

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Science, Bangalore University, Jnanabharati Campus, Nagarabhavi, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • 2Department of Environmental Science, Bangalore University, Jnanabharati Campus, Nagarabhavi, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 7, Issue (3), Pages 49-54, March,22 (2018)


The present paper highlights the existing approach and address the problems associated with river basin management which are historically ignored by the policy makers in India. Land degradation, soil erosion, sedimentation of reservoirs affects agricultural production and pose greater threat to food security and economic growth of the country. Participatory and self- management institutional framework for administering the catchments through a dedicated State Boards with a combination of engineering, social and scientific management is the key objective of the proposed Catchment area Treatment and Soil Conservation bill. Downward accountability of program objectives by Project Implementation Units and public have enabling role for catchment management are some of the key highlights of the proposed bill.


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