Water Governance in Goa

Goa faces numerous water challenges. We conducted a policy lab to identify key actors and institutions needed for water governance in Goa

Tandem Research in partnership with the Asia Foundation organized a Policy Lab on Water Governance in Goa, on 3 & 4 April 2017. The aim of the lab was to identify and understand ‘pathways of change’ for influencing water policies in Goa. Drawing on conversations at the lab, specific insights for influencing water governance in Goa have been captured in this report.

  • Who are the actors that shape water governance and what is their relative influence?
  • How do certain framings and ideas win over others - can examples tell stories?
  • What are the processes through which policy is deliberated and decided?

Four Themes

Water Sharing: Inter-state water sharing arrangements and disputes.

Water Allocation Politics: Politics and policies around competing and increasing water demands for industrial, agricultural, tourism, navigation and livelihood use.

Water Decentralization: Participation of user-groups (e.g. farmer associations), citizen groups, local governments and Panchayats to support decentralized decision-making, and manage water commons in villages.

Water Resilience: Policies for building resilience to impacts of climate change; changes in precipitation patterns, sea level rise and salt-water intrusion in rivers and aquifers.


Vikrom Mathur

Vikrom is an anthropologist of science and technology. His diverse research interests include the governance of emerging technologies, social and cultural dimensions of technological transitions, political and social contingencies on the production of scientific knowledge about Nature, cultural perceptions of environmental risk, dynamics between science and policy, and Cultural Theory. He has a PhD from the Institute of Science, Society, and Innovation at the University of Oxford. Vikrom is a Senior Fellow of the Observer Research Foundation & Associate Fellow of the Stockholm Environment Institute.