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Woes of river island people discussed
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16 - A workshop on ‘Community resilience to water-induced disaster and climate change: Vulnerability and adaptation in Brahmaputra River Basin’ was held recently at the Indian Institute of Bank Management here.

Problems faced by the community in three of Brahmaputra river islands – Majuli (Majuli district), Chalakura Char (Dhubri district) and Kobu Chapori (Dhemaji district) were discussed at the workshop organised by the Water, Climate and Hazard (WATCH) Division of Aaranyak.

Dr Partha J Das, head, WATCH Division presented a research study titled ‘Community resilience to water-induced disasters and climate change: A study and documentation of good practices in selected river islands of the Brahmaputra River Basin, Assam’.

He explained the process of formation of the river islands, determinants of vulnerability and adaptation. He also provided basic information on chars (river islands) and the objective of the study.

Dr Veena Kanduri, executive secretary of India Water Partnership (IWP), New Delhi, which supported the project, presented its vision, mission, aims, etc.

Bedika Borah, Wahis Hussain and Navajyoti Deuri presented case studies on Majuli, Chalakura Char and Kobu Chapori respectively. Arup Das of Aaranyak’s Geospatial Technology Application Division explained the findings from a GIS remote sensing-based study of the three river islands of the Brahmaputra.

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