IG Basin Focal
Half-time pep talk
Simon Cook, Maya Rajasekaharan
• Checklist : Questions to Project and WP leaders need to
confirm that all is ok
• Comments and observations on work-packages
• Solving already-identified projects
Indo-Ganges Basin- need for BFP:
• The most populous of the Challenge
• One of the most pressured basins
• One of the ‘wettest’ and most diverse
• Subject to climate change
• Major political issues: transboundary and
Need for good analysis of a very complex
Demography Rural poverty
Economic overview Agriculture
What is the overall situation?
Water availability (WP2) Water productivity (WP3)
Climate Water account Crop water productivity kg/m3
Water allocation Water hazards Water value-adding $/m3
Net value / costs
What is the water balance? How well is water used?
Water institutions (WP4)
Farming institutions (WP4)
Water rights Water policies Who needs to know? Land rights Infrastructure
Governance Power What information tools? Supply chains
Information exchange process?
Who ‘handles’ the water’? Who enables farmer to improve Wprod?
Data-bases and methods
Poverty analysis (WP1)
Rural poverty trends
Water-food related factors
What links water, food and poverty?
WEAP Trend analysis
Land use change analysis
What are foreseeable risks and opportunities for change?
– Are you clear what the overall situation is?
– What is the status in the basin?
– Demographic pressure on land or water
– Condition of rural vs urban poverty?
WP2: Water availability
• Do you know what is happening to the
– Per capita availability
– Water accounting
– Definition of flow
• Where are hazards likely to cause
WP3: Water productivity
• Do you know how effectively water is
• What is the WPr of irrigated crops
• Benefit gained from other uses?
• Is the method capable of describing FULL
• Can you explain how institutions help /
hinder full and equitable access to
• Can you explain how they influence
access to land resources?
WP1: Poverty analysis
• What are the levels of poverty?
• How much can be attributed to water or
• Identify specific changes that could
influence the above….can you estimate
• Can you model changes in effects of
• What is necessary for change to occur?
• How do people communicate within the
• How to people communicate with others:
• Is your Impact pathway ‘live’?
Strong points Things to consider
• Excellent to use • Assist the project
existing strengths leader put the story
– Cover many bases together
• Good to be publishing – Integration of WPs is key
already • Consider the user
– Clarify what you know – Imagine the final meeting
• Good to be • Use the impact
considering a pathway
synthesis process – Ensure the final result
– Due end 2009 will satisfy
Brief feedback on WPs
– Normally the most straightforward WP
– Need to make sure the data feeds through to
– Very good cover for irrigated
– Other water users? [check water use account]
– How to assess full benefit gained from water use?
Feed back (cont)
– Very strong on water institutions
– How does this analysis link to WP2 (access) and
– Analysis of factors limiting WP3
– Very good progress on difficult analysis
– What links to WP2, WP3 or wp4 [as explanatory
– Analysis of livelihood systems in Bangladesh
• WP5: Opportunities and threats
– Opportunities: Consider the Limpopo matrix
– Threats: (who needs to know?)
• WP6 Knowledge exchange
– Use the impact pathway to identify
• Who to talk to [incl the CPWF]
• What they need to know
• How you will communicate
• This is a key BFP
– Global significance
• So far, it is going well
– Good work packages
– Integration starting to strengthen
• Please keep working to get maximum
– Start planning final meetings now
– Aim for synthesis document