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Over 16m People Living Without Access to Safe Water in Pakistan

"World Water Day today"

Islamabad: As the world celebrates World Water Day today (March 22), Pakistan is ranked 10th among the top 10 countries with regard to the numbers of people living without access to safe water. According to WaterAid’s report titled ‘Water: At What Cost? The State of the World’s Water 2016,’ there are 16.096 million people living without access to safe water in Pakistan.

Visit of Hunza Valley

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR, along with Dr. Abdul Wahid Jasra, Country Representative, ICIMOD and Additional Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Islamabad, paid a visit to Hunza Valley on 21st March, 2016. The visit was in connection with newly launched project supported by ICIMOD and financed WWF "Agricultural Water, Energy and Hazard Management for Improved Livelihood in the Upper Indus Basin area of Pakistan". Purpose of the visit was to finalize sites as well as interaction with the community members.

Pakistan: Inter-Cluster Mission to SWA (South Waziristan Agency FATA)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

An inter-Cluster assessment mission was conducted to Ladha, Sararogha, Sarwakai, and Tiarza Tehsils South Waziristan Agency (SWA) from 10 to 13 February 2016. The mission visited eight recently de-notified villages. The Government plans to facilitate the return of some 30,000 IDPs to these areas.

Key findings and recommendations

• The level of damage to structures and houses was very high (80 to 90 per cent). Returning IDPs will need emergency and transitional shelter, with almost blanket support needed in some areas.

ECCU-Water-2016-01-Request for Submission of Research Paper

Climate change poses a serious threat to many of Pakistan’s economic sectors, but particularly for the country’s water resources. The absence of a clear understanding of the vulnerability of the country’s water sector, and the rigor behind this understanding, could impede decision making as Pakistan moves forward on implementing the NCCP in sectors such as; agriculture, health and energy. In view the importance of country’s water resources, a one day symposium is going to be held in Islamabad on May 12, 2016.

Water Management of PCRWR Headuarter

Water Management

The main objective of the section is to conduct research and development for the conservation and efficient utilization of available water resources to meet the current water demand for various sectors in general and agriculture in particular, as well as planning for future demands. The research and development activities are focused on three major areas:

1. Surface water management
2. Groundwater management
3. Indigenous development of water management instruments

Major Research Findings /Achievements / On-going Activities:

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