Sustainable water management key challenge for Pakistan

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Chairman Pakistan Council of Research in Water resources (PCRWR), Dr Muhammad Ashraf has said that sustainable water management is the key challenge being confronted by Pakistan due to inadequate water management practices and climate-induced water stress.

He stated this in his opening remarks during a half-day panel discussion on, “Trans-boundary Water Sharing Issues” as part of Grand National Dialogue on November 23, 2022 at PCRWR Headquarters, Islamabad in collaboration with Policy Research Institute (IPRI).

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf further said that the situation is further aggravated in form of flooding and prolonged droughts due to the trans-boundary nature of the Indus River which originates from Tibetan plateau and disposes off into Arabian Sea after passing through India and Pakistan.

On the occasion, Director Research IPRI, Brig. Rashid Wali Janjua shared objectives of the panel discussion and its importance to chalk out policy measurements and strategy for improved cooperation with India and Afghanistan for sustainable water management in Pakistan.

The panel discussion session was moderated by Dr. Rashid Aftab, Director, Riphah Institute of Public Policy, Islamabad. Key panelists of the discussion were Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Consultant, World Bank, Dr. Azeem Shah, International Researcher and Chief of Party (WMfEP), IWMI-Pakistan, Dr. Shakil Durani, Former Chief Secretary, KP/Sindh/AJK and Ex-Chairman-WAPDA, and Mr. Arshad H. Abbasi, Energy & Power Sector Specialist. —INP

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