The “Brahmaputra River Symposium: Knowledge Beyond Boundaries” aims to deliberate on and identify solutions to optimize the socio-economic and environmental potential of the Brahmaputra Basin. The Symposium will bring together expertise on the Brahmaputra and other great river basins of the world, such as the Mekong River Basin, Rhine Basin, and Murray-Darling, among others, in order to learn from experience in applying real world solutions to cooperatively manage complex river systems.
To bring together national and international expertise in order to share knowledge and experience on the key challenges and opportunities for integrated river basin management, within the Brahmaputra Basin and beyond.
To understand and assess the knowledge landscape on the Brahmaputra Basin and its interface with policy in order to identify key knowledge gaps and ways to strengthen the science-policy interface.
To increase the interaction of members of the water resources community – water users, water managers, research and academic community, policy-makers, etc.
The Yarlung Tsangpo-Brahmaputra-Jamuna River Basin has a drainage area of around 580,000 square kilometers.
The Brahmaputra River Basin originates in the Himalayan Mountain Range (Tibet) and links China (Yarlung Tsangpo), India (Brahmaputra and Siang), Bhutan (through tributaries) and Bangladesh (Jamuna) as it flows into Bay of Bengal.
The major tributaries of the Brahmaputra river are Manas (234 mi), Raidak (230 mi), Dhansiri (219 mi), Teesta (192 mi), Kameng (164 mi), Dibang (121 mi), and Jaldhaka (119 mi).
This basin supports an estimated population of 130 million people including several ethnic tribes and communities and rich biodiversity.
It also has immense potential for irrigation development, livelihood opportunities, including inland water navigation and hydropower development.
Brahmaputra houses the largest freshwater island- Majuli. It also has the world’s smallest inhabited riverine island, the Umananda Island―also known as Peacock Island.
The logo design depicts a free flowing river within a circular form representing the globe. This shows the nature of the river that flows across countries. The river is formed by two green shapes subtly expressing the essence of the symposium where experts and scholars around the world come together to develop the river. The river is shown opened ended to connote its magnanimity and immensity. Green color symbolizes fertility, growth, vitality, renewal, restoration suggesting the potential outcome of the river if its course is planned well. The green shape makes the initial ‘B’ to denote Brahmaputra river.
Logo credit: Dr. D. Udaya Kumar, IIT Guwahati