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Climate Change

Water under the bridge

About Rs25 billion worth of water is wasted every year. That’s what the Wapda chairman reportedly told the Public Accounts Committee earlier this week. That is an understatement. Only about 10 percent of the available 145 million acre feet (maf) of water can be stored in existing reservoirs – global average is around 40 percent. Thanks to insufficient storage capacity and systemic losses, the waste is huge.

Senate body concerned over food security, water scarcity

Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change on Thursday expressed serious concern over the threat to food security and scarcity of water in the future from impacts of global warming. The committee was met under the chairmanship of Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, while Senator Sitara Ayaz, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Nuzhat Sadiq, Saleem Zia, Samina Abid and Mushahid Hussaain Syed also attended the committee.

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 Shortage in Pakistan

Early this year, the New York Times ominously warned in a report that “energy-starved Pakistanis, their economy battered by chronic fuel and electricity shortages, may soon have to contend with a new resource crisis: major water shortages.”

Quoting Khawaja Asif, the report said: “A combination of global climate change, waste and mismanagement have led to an alarmingly rapid depletion of Pakistan’s water supply under the present situation, in the next six to seven years, Pakistan can be a water-starved country.”

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