India’s water crisis
India is facing one of its most serious droughts in recent memory – official estimates suggest that at least 330m people are likely to be affected by acute shortages of water.
In his latest opinion piece for The Conversation, Dr Bhaskar Vira, Geography Fellow and Director of the Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, discusses ways of dealing with the crisis affecting India’s water resources.
Water, he argues, is an issue that cuts across all aspects of social and economic life in India. Compartmentalised responses are, in his opinion, unlikely to be adequate to address the current crises. There is a need for an integrated approach, which addresses source sustainability, land use management, agricultural strategies, demand management and the distribution and pricing of water. With growing pressures due to climate change, migration and population growth, creative and imaginative governance is needed to manage this precious resource.
Image: Brahmaputra - Assam