Adaptation of EU Water Framework Directive Principles for Integrated Management of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin

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Barua, Shishutosh, Quevauviller, Philippe, Ng, A. W. M and Perera, B. J. C (2008) Adaptation of EU Water Framework Directive Principles for Integrated Management of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin. In: Proceedings of Water Down Under 2008: incorporating 31st Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, and, 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research, 14-17 April, 2008, Adelaide, Australia. Lambert, Martin, Daniell, Trevor M and Leonard, Michael, eds. Engineers Australia, Modbury, SA, pp. 2074-2085.


The European Union (EU)'s Water Framework Directive (WFD) aims to establish river basin management rules which are based on the best available scientific knowledge and technologies. These principles have been applied successfully in EU and non-EU countries through international river basin organisations involving several countries. However, it is not directly applicable to developing countries due to their poor economic situations. This means that adaptations are needed to EU WFD to ensure that rational water allocation is efficiently undertaken in the most economical and technically feasible way, sharing water resources of the river basins in these countries. In this study the EU WFD was adapted to develop a framework towards implementing the integrated water resources management of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) river basin in the Indian subcontinent. This integrated trans-boundary water management approach ensures equal distribution and sustainable water resources in the region where conflicts exist between the co-basin countries due to the rapid population growth, increasing water demands and other human activities.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 9781622764310 (print) 0858257351 (CD-ROM)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Historical > SEO Classification > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID14621, ResPubID14867, WFD, adaptation, river basin management, trans-boundary water management
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