President Dr Arif Alvi has said that comprehensive solutions needed to be adopted for effective management of water in the country.
While chairing a meeting on “Employment of Integrated Satellite Communication and Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Water Management in Pakistan” here on Thursday, he said that climate change and rapid population growth had reduced the per capita availability of water that required efficient water management systems to address the challenge of water scarcity.
Dr. Arif Alvi underlined the need for employing integrated satellite services for better monitoring and efficient utilization of water resources. Federal Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi, Secretary Water Resources Dr Kazim Niaz, and senior government officials attended the meeting.
Professor Dr Kashif Kifayat, Coordinator of AIR University, Islamabad, gave a detailed presentation on the overall water situation in the country.
The meeting was informed that Pakistan was facing the challenge of water scarcity, and the floods and droughts caused losses of approximately $12 billion a year to its economy. Various solutions to address the challenge of water scarcity and its management came under discussion during the meeting. It was agreed to identify and approach the relevant stakeholders to develop a comprehensive response for efficient water management and monitoring.