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Pakistan Water Program

Water and Jobs-Empowering Young Professionals: World Water Day 2016, Day to Celebrate, Date to Change, Day to Prepare

World Water Day is observed on 22nd March every year. It is focused to remind people about importance of fresh water and to encourage efficient management to sustainable water resources. It is a day to celebrate water. It is a day to plan for efficient management of fresh water for the people. The theme for 2016 is "Water and Jobs - Empowering Young Professionals".

Averting Impending Water crisis through Climate-Smart Management in Pakistan

Pakistan is heading fast towards the worst state of water crisis. If not tamed through viable policy measures and mass-scale across-the-board awareness for water conservation and its sane use at all scales, the grueling crisis is bound to devour the very foundations of socio-economic sustainability.

Besides, overall sustainability of economic growth lives of people and their livelihoods are already at stake.

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.

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:

Pakistani Water Resources Management "Looking Up"!

With its economy based largely on agriculture, water is a critical resource for Pakistan. The country’s vast farm lands are supported by the largest contiguous irrigation system in the world – the Indus Basin Irrigation System. The system includes the Indus River and its tributaries, as well as a myriad of canals, watercourses, farm channels, and field ditches, and serves about 100 million people in the Indus region. If managed efficiently, there is enough water in the basin to support the livelihoods of those people. Water distribution and management are crucial issues.

Partnership Agreement between PCRWR and WWF

A Partnership Agreement was signed on January 15, 2016 between PCRWR and WWF for joint implementation of the ICIMOD supported project entitled "Agricultural Water, Energy and Hazard Management for Improved Livelihood in the Upper Indus Basin Area of Pakistan". Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR and Dr. Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF signed the agreement whereas Dr. Abdul Wahid Jasra, Country Representative ICIMOD - Pakistan, Dr. Babar Khan, Head WWF (Gilgit-Baltistan) and Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad Sheikh, Director General, PCRWR witnessed the occasion.

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