IUCN and Asian Confluence discuss “Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction” in Barak-Meghna River Basin


SHILLONG | SEPT 11, 2020 :

A webinar on "Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction" in the Barak-Meghna River Basin was co-hosted by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Asian Confluence, on September 10.

The undertaking aims to highlight the cultural, social and ecological values of the Barak-Meghna River Basin, which is home to many indigenous communities, including Khasi and Jaintia.

The Barak-Meghna River Basin covers a total area of 82,000 sq. kilometres, of which 57% is in North-East India and 43% in Bangladesh.

"The webinar discussed upstream-downstream dependencies in the Barak-Meghna Basin and emphasised on the need for a comprehensive basin-wide cooperation framework, to ensure food security and community resilience to disasters in the Barak-Meghna Basin," Vishwa Ranjan Sinha Programme Officer IUCN said.

The river basin consists of at least 29 transboundary tributaries flowing from India into Bangladesh, including Feni, Gumti, Umngot and Khowai, Sinha added.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union composed of more than 14,000 government and civil societies, spread throughout 80 countries.

Asian Confluence is a think tank headquartered in Shillong, India working with a mission to stimulate the revival of the shared civilizational values between the people of India and South East and East Asia for common good.


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