Participatory Governance of Water as a Resource

Since 1998, YUVA has been working on issues relating to transparent and participatory governance surrounding water and environment. We provide solidarity support to the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), which monitors India’s water sector and acts as a bridge between civil society, research organisations, communities and the administration.

In November 2014, SANDRP in collaboration with Peace Institute, INTACH, WWF-India and Toxics Link organised ‘India Rivers Week’ in Delhi. One of the key objectives of this event was to achieve a better understanding of rivers as an ecological and social entity in water resources policy, plans and decisions. The key outcome was The Delhi Declaration on Rivers. To review DDR visit

In 2015, SANDRP was the first to disclose various shortfalls in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) conducted on the Ken-Betwa river linkage project. It is due to these conscientious efforts that the clearances to the Ken Betwa River Link, the top priority under Inter Linking of Rivers for the current government, remains stalled so far. SANDRP Website: