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India: South Asia creates regional groundwater forum by Zobaidur Rahman Soeb June 20,2016   |  Source: India Climate Dialogue

The agrarian economy in South Asia supports nearly 1.2 billion people, and it is currently critically dependent on the use of groundwater. This is leading to a serious threat to the region as the water table falls under the pressure of agriculture, which in turn undermines limits how well the region manages to adapt to the impacts of climate change. At a recent conference, scientists, experts, activists and policymakers agreed that better management and governance of the groundwater is key to ensuring sustainable development. The conference was organized by the government of India in collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA) and the World Bank on from 1-3 June 2016 in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It focussed on the water future of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and was attended by senior officials. The conference has led to the creation of a South Asian Groundwater Forum, with representatives from all the countries involved.

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As much as 48% of groundwater in the world is used by these countries. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are the first, fourth and sixth largest users of groundwater in the world respectively. Groundwater usage has not been historically this high. It was

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