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Water resources of Bangladesh

Even though a water resource is an integral part of economic and social development for Bangladesh, it is very poorly managed. PRSP-2005 has identified the major areas of concern in water resource management as floods, drainage congestion, droughts, cross-boundary flows, river erosion and accretion, cyclones, water quality and rights, surface salinity, groundwater quality, climate change and environmental management.According to the PRSP-2005 the emerging issues of importance in water resources development and management are:
1. Sharing of waters of common rivers to maintain environmental flow requirement and support development;
2. Proposed river-link project by India need to be discussed bilaterally between India and Bangladesh to prevent desertification downstream; and
3. Building water reservoir up in the Himalayas for storage of water in order to augment supply during lean season and for generation of hydro-electricity