Rivers of hope: an introduction to transboundary rivers of South Asia (TROSA)

‘Rivers of Hope’ captures the struggles of the riparian communities to survive around the raging rivers in Assam and Uttar Pradesh. The photo series beautifully highlights the daily lives of those living around the Saralbhanga and Sharda river basins, their resilience to survive, their hope and commitment to solve the conflict around water governance. The handbook also demonstrates a wide range of issues including the impact of river systems on people from Assam to Uttar Pradesh. While the stories of the Char communities of Dhubri district of Assam reflect their struggles to survive the fury of floods every year, the communities in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh are seen battling water contamination due to industrial pollution. Their battles are different however both communities are determined to bring positive change through collective leadership and negotiation.

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