The aim of this project is to investigate water availability and allocation issues in the Krishna Basin of India.
The Krishna Basin has been identified by the International Water Management Institute as an
benchmark Basin. The Krishna Basin is the fourth largest river basin in India in terms of annual discharge (at 65 km3)
and the fifth largest in terms of surface area (at 258,948 km2). It provides 73 million people with their
water supplies. This Basin is interesting as it is nearly a closed basin (i.e., all the water available is fully allocated
to some purpose for a large part of the year), crosses jurisdictional boundaries, experiences both spatial and sectoral
demand pressures for more water and suffers from a number of environmental pressures.
The overall objectives of this project are to improve water productivity in the water scarce Krishna River Basin
of India and to determine the implications of different water allocation scenarios for future water allocation
options, food production and long-term resource sustainability.