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Water Environment Security

Water environment security of Pakistan will be a pipe dream if it remains within the four walls of air-conditioned offices and five star conference halls, with power point presentations and glossy reports by the well meaning institutions and dedicated professionals.

Kohistan to get Rs19m drinking water project soon

KARACHI: Indus Earth Trust (IET) is launching a water replenishment project in Kohistan, Thatta district for which a multi-national beverages industry has provided assistance amounting to Rs 19 million.

The water resource management system aims to provide remote communities in Kohistan, Thatta with access to water through replenishment of ground water and rainwater harvesting. The project will benefit about 600 households in some 40 villages and targets SDG 3 (better health and wellbeing) and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).

On World Water Day, resolve to stop wasting water in Pakistan

The theme for this year’s World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22, is ‘Why Waste Water?’

It could not be more relevant for an agricultural country like Pakistan.

In this part of the world, we either have too much water in the form of floods, or too little water in the form of droughts. On top of that, climate change and a rapidly expanding population are only making our water problems much worse.

80 percent Pakistanis drink unsafe water, Senate informed!

ISLAMABAD – The Senate, the upper house of the parliament, has been informed that over 80 percent Pakistanis drink contaminated water or what it should be called unsafe for health. As many as 24 water testing laboratories have been set up across the country to identify the chemicals carried by the drinking water.

Nearly 100 villages flooded in Sialkot, Zafarwal after India release water

SIALKOT (Dunya News) – Nearly a hundred villages in Zafarwal and Sialkot region are water-logged after India lifted gates to flood Nullah Dek leading to rising water-level in River Chenab, reported Monday.

Land connection to around 50 villages in Bijwat area is suspended while several rural localities in Zafarwal are inundated. Crops grown on hundreds of acres of land have been spoiled while a dyke was breached in Mozah Mangwal.

Islamabad willing to go for water treaty with Kabul

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) has expressed its willingness to sign a water treaty with Afghanistan.“We have held many brainstorming sessions at the ministry on this particular issue after receiving credible reports about Afghanistan’s plans to build dams on Kabul River.

Some of Pakistan’s ambassadors appointed in various capitals have taken up this issue with the officials of the ministry and sometimes the Foreign Office also agitated this issue,” a top official of the ministry told The News.

World Bank okays $200m for Balochistan Irrigation Water

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank approved a $200 million credit to strengthen Balochistan government’s initiative for community-based water management for irrigation in the province.

Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management & Development Project will support investments in two of the eighteen basins in Balochistan—Nari and Porali river basins. These river basins were selected based on an assessment of surface water resources development opportunities.

Chairman PCRWR Visited Lasbella University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Uthal, Lasbella, Balochistan

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Chairman, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), visited Lasbella University Uthal on January 13, 2016 along with Muhammad Ishtiaque Rao Director Incharge, DRIP, Tandojam and Dr. Ghulam Murtaza, Senior Research Officer, PCRWR, Karachi. A meeting was held with Prof. Dr. Dost Muhammad Baloch Vice Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Sciences regarding future collaboration between PCRWR and Lasbella University for research activities.

Karezes as a World Cultural Heritage

Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in collaboration with the Government of Balochistan has successfully pleaded the case for "Karezes in Balochistan" for inclusion in the list of Cultural, Natural and Mixed Heritage sites in Pakistan suitable for inscription on World Heritage list of UNESCO. It has been placed at Rank No. 1 under the sites recommended for Cultural sites. Karez irrigation system is a peculiar and one of the oldest-gravity irrigation system mostly in arid and semi-arid areas of the world.

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