Brahmaputra Symposium is the outcome of a four years dialogue initiated in 2013, titled
“Transnational Policy Dialogue for Improved Water Governance of the Brahmaputra River”.
Started as a bilateral dialogue initiative between India and Bangladesh, it eventually in 2014
evolved into a multilateral and multi-stakeholder dialogue with the involvement of China and
Bhutan. The dialogue initiative aims to create a platform for the discussion of the issues,
challenges, and opportunities towards improved co-management of the river basin. On 25th
and 26th September 2017, as an outcome of this dialogue initiative, “Brahmaputra River
Symposium: Knowledge Beyond Boundaries” was jointly organised by the dialogue partners
- SaciWATERs, UNDP Cap-Net, IIT-Guwahati and TERI - at New Delhi, by bringing together nearly 150 delegates from South Asia and beyond, from diverse disciplines and background. The Brahmaputra Symposium, a first of its kind, served as a platform for various stakeholders, such as river basin managers, policy-makers, scientists, academics, CSOs and community
organizations from all the four basin countries, for the first time to share information,
knowledge and experience about managing a transboundary river basin like Brahmaputra.