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Water is what matters!

Hundreds of thousand people of Pakistan remain in constant danger of being suddenly hit by floods. In the past, their lands have been inundated, their homes washed away and those affected being forced to move away into an uncertain future. What could be worse than this unmitigated disaster? And yet one is forced to think: could this catastrophe have been avoided?

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.

FPCCI Concerned Over Depleting Water Resources

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the depletion and wastage of water resources. The organization called for a proper water conservation and management strategy before water scarcity becomes a national security threat.

Industrialised nations in Europe have water storage capacity of 90 days but Pakistan, which is an agricultural country, has storage capacity of 30 days which must be increased to one thousand days, said FPCCI President Abdul Rauf Alam.

Climate Change Experts Urge Pakistan to Come Up with Water Management Policy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to formulate and implement a management policy for its water resources, which would soon be surpassing value of petroleum, says Prof Patrick Shea, former director of the US Bureau of Land Management.

In his lecture on “Relevance of Environmental Laws to Coping Climate Change” at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Tuesday, Shea said that establishing an institutional framework to handle the challenge had become all the more important, as Pakistan was turning from a water surplus to a water scarce country.

Pakistan’s Water Worries!

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been quoted in the press saying that by 2018, Pakistan would have enough electricity generating capacity to dispense with power outages. He is probably right. This would be the consequence of the attention his government has given to increase the supply of electric power. All sources of producing electricity are being tapped. There are schemes under implementation to make use of the country’s significant hydro-power potential. Coal-based power plants are under construction mostly with Chinese help.

LCCI for Energy/Water-Focused Budget 2016-17

LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has hoped that Federal Budget will be business friendly and energy/water-focused.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, the Chamber’s President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, Senior Vice President Almas Hyder and Vice President Nasir Saeed said that in view the growing energy demand and water scarcity, there is a dire need to allocate maximum funds for energy and water projects.

Water — Pakistan's Most Critical Challenge

Of all the challenges Pakistan is facing, water is the most critical. The country is among the leading five that face extremely high water stress and low access to safe drinking water and sanitation, according to the World Resources Institute.

Similarly, the United Nations categories Pakistan amongst those few unfortunate countries where water shortages could destabilize and jeopardize its existence in the next 10 years.

Asia especially Pakistan likely to face severe water crisis by 2050

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Asia, the continent that houses roughly half he world’s population, will face a “high risk of severe water stress” by 2050, if the current environmental, economical and population growth persists, warns a new study.

According to the Khaleej Times, the findings showed that the median amounts of projected growth and climate change in the next 35 years in Asia would lead to about 1 billion more people becoming “water-stressed” compared to the present time.

Pakistan to Become Water Starved Country Sans Dams

LAHORE - The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Tuesday organised a ceremony at its headquarters to celebrate the World Water Day. WAPDA Zafar Mahmood, speaking on occasion, highlighted the significance of water for life. He said that besides enhancing water storage capacity in Pakistan, the culture of water conservation in all walks of life will have to be adopted to avoid water scarcity in the country. “All stakeholders, intellectuals and media in particular, will have to play their role to promote a culture of water conservation through its prudent use,” he added.

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