Call for Applications - TROSA Winter School 2020, Mahakali region, Nepal
In recent years the complexity of threats posed by the water sector in South Asia has bought water to the forefront of international, regional and national concerns. Water stress is being felt not only in terms of the access to clean water but also in light of growing agricultural, domestic and industrial demands, climate change and growing challenges posed to protect the eco-systems.
While water in the environmental context demands that holistic ways are needed, geographically the South Asian cartography reflects that water will be a contested issue and has to be negotiated at multiple scales and levels. This not only poses a challenge to water politics and governance at the national level but also inclusive water governance at the transboundary level. Marked by both major and minor river systems, South Asia can also be termed as riverine South Asia.
Given that rivers are dynamic social, political and environmental systems which cannot be addressed by solutions that are stagnant, it is important that inclusive water governance becomes an important theme for deliberation and action among water practitioners, community, private sectors and researchers alike. Given the complexity of water challenges, it is important that political-scientists and ecologists start speaking to each other and inform their discourses with lived problems of the border landers inhabiting South Asia.
The Winter School is jointly organised by SAU, Oxfam, and the UNESCO Chair of International Cooperation, Uppsala University as part of the Government of Sweden funded Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) project. This Winter School is one such attempt to start an interdisciplinary conversation at multiple scales in terms of looking at inclusive water governance in a holistic manner. This upscaling and downscaling of water discourse is not only needed to meet the challenges of the sustainable development agenda highlighted under the auspices of United Nations, but also the sustainable development targets identified by states as part of their normative obligations in South Asia. In this backdrop, the Winter School will offer a platform for an interface between water researchers and water practitioners and discuss some of the emerging issues in the shared water sector which can facilitate tools through which the idea of inclusive water governance can be actualised in the long term. The Winter Schools is anchored to three broad areas- Emerging Debates on Shared Water Governance, Creating Networks for Water Governance, Localising Water Governance.
The Winter School aims to expose candidates to discourses on inclusive water governance. The primary focus is on discussing ways to regionalise and localise sustainable development in South Asia and examine the relevance of scales, actors and practices associated with inclusive water governance. Aiming to offer an overview of the changing international water policy context and the emerging practices from the region, the candidates will get an opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary team of experts working on transboundary water issues. There shall be a brief visit to a field site, where candidates get an opportunity to engage with the community.
Photo: The Mahakali River. Minket Lepcha/Oxfam