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Groundwater resources in the Indo-Gangetic basin

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The Indo-Gangetic plains comprise of large floodplains of the Indus and Ganges-Brahmaputra river systems. They are home to approximately 1 billion people and encompass northern and eastern India, much of Bangladesh, parts of southern Nepal and the most populous parts of Pakistan.

The aim of this project is to improve understanding of how resilient groundwater resources in the Indo-Gangetic Basin are to changes in climate and abstraction and to provide a robust scientific base to help guide policy development for groundwater development and management.

ODI is leading research on groundwater demand trajectories and groundwater governance arrangements, providing a narrative overview across the Indo-Gangetic Basin and mapping important zones or centres of groundwater demand and governance.