Reporting on riverbank erosion in South Asia

View of the Ganges River from Varanasi
Reporting on riverbank erosion in South Asia

More than 750 million South Asians depend on the transboundary Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin for their food, water and energy needs. Yet unregulated mining, infrastructure development and climate change impacts -- such as high-intensity rainfall and glacial melt -- are causing erosion along these riverbanks to increase in scale and intensity, with one million people affected and up to 200,000 displaced every year.

In this webinar, we explore the science behind riverbank erosion, the underlying social and political issues influencing riverbank management, and learn how to draw on satellite images and data to enhance reporting on the topic.

Guest speakers

  • Chandan Mahanta - Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India
  • Md. Munsur Rahman - Professor, Institute of Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • Edward Boyda - Lead Scientist,
  • Navin Singh Khadka - Environment Correspondent, BBC World Service


Moderated by Ramesh Bhushal, South Asia content coordinator for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and Amy Sim, EJN's Asia-Pacific project manager. Organized by EJN and Oxfam's Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) program.

Banner image: Morning on the Ganges in Varanasi, India / Credit: Matt Zimmerman via Flickr

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