India: Rivers

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7th July 2022.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of India regarding (1) that country’s management of its river flows and dams, and (2) the consequential impact on Bangladesh.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Ministers and officials regularly raise environmental issues in discussions with their Indian counterparts.

The UK's South Asia Water Governance Programme, which ran from 2012 to 2021, worked with countries across South Asia, including India and Bangladesh, to increase regional cooperation in the management of the transboundary Himalayan Rivers to deliver inclusive development and climate resilience in the region. Her Majesty's Government will continue supporting regional cooperation on transboundary Himalayan Rivers through the new Climate Action for a Resilient Asia programme, announced at COP26.

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