Guwahati: Aaranyak, a premier research-based biodiversity conservation organization organized an expert lecture on ‘Water Security in the Brahmaputra River Basin in the context of Climate Change’.
The event was held in collaboration between Aaranyak and the US Consulate General in Kolkata.
Nilanthi Samaranayake, an internationally renowned expert on geopolitics and international relations, addressed the participants on the subject broadly and shared her years of knowledge and extensive experience on the subject.
Samaranayake elaborated on the important water related issues influencing various aspects of bilateral and multilateral relations among the countries sharing the basin of the Brahmaputra.
Nilanthi Samaranayake, Research Program Director, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), Washington DC, USA is in India on a U.S. State Department’s public diplomacy speaker program and is hosted by the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata.
She highlighted the uniqueness of the river and its strategic significance, she stressed on multilateral cooperation among the basin countries viz. China, Bhutan, India, and Bangladesh and hopes that all the riparian nations will come together to create a common mechanism for managing the vast water resources and ecosystems of the Brahmaputra for mutual benefits.
Participants also had the opportunity to discuss possible measures to be taken regarding Assam’s flood and erosion problems with the river Brahmaputra during the discussion session.
Several prominent citizens of Guwahati with expertise and experience in the fields of environment, water resources, journalism, culture etc. took part in the programme.
In addition to Mr Ranjan Bhuyan, President of Aaranyak, experts, officials, researchers, and volunteers, from Aaranyak participated in the event.