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Pakistan Water Program

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.

Chairman PCRWR Visited National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Karachi

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Chairman, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), visited National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Karachi on January 12, 2016 along with Muhammad Ishtiaque Rao Director Incharge, DRIP, Tandojam and Dr. Ghulam Murtaza, Senior Research Officer, PCRWR, Karachi. Dr. Asif Inam Director General, NIO, briefed about the research activities conducted by NIO. Dr. Samina and Dr. Nuzhat briefed about ongoing projects / research activities of NIO. Dr.

Rainwater Harvesting Brings Hope to Farmers in Pakistan’s Punjab

Farmers in Pakistan’s Punjab province are greening their lands and combating weather vagaries through rainwater harvesting using small dams.

Extreme weather conditions and erratic rainfall had added an edge of desperation to Muhammad Khan’s struggle for survival, taking him and his family to the brink of ruin. But that is happily in the past now, says the farmer in Pakistan’s Punjab province whose life has undergone a dramatic change after he started irrigating his land from rainwater harvested in a small dam in the village.

UNESCO, PCRWR and PMD Jointly Organized a Two-Day International Workshop

To improve and strengthen the flood early warning system and management capacity of Pakistan, UNESCO with financial assistance from the Government of Japan is collaborating with Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) and a number of other Pakistan partners and Japan organizations, UNESCO category II Center ICHARM and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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.

International Water Management Institute (IWM) Delegation visited PCRWR Headquarters

A delegation from International Water Management Institute (IWMI) comprising Mr. Ian W. Makin and Mr. Vladimir Smakhti from Sri Lanka office and Mr. Arif Anwar from Pakistan officevisited PCRWR Headquarters on December 2nd, 2015. The agenda of the meeting was to know about PCRWR R&D activities in order to find areas of mutual collaboration. The Chairman, PCRWR, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf welcomed all the IWMI guests and introduced himself and his team. The PCRWR professionals i.e. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh and Ms. Lubna Naheed Bukhari, Director Generals, Dr. Manzoor Ahmed Malik, Director, Engr.

Fish Farming Gobbles Up Phosphorus

The projected growth in aquaculture production in Norway could drastically increase phosphorus losses and emissions to water bodies and also make the country more dependent on imported raw materials.

But what if that phosphorus could be reused? Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Nibio, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research say that finding a way to reuse this “waste” phosphorus could allow for new business opportunities as well as cut pollution from aquaculture.

One-third of imports of phosphorus go to fish feed

Met Office Issues High Alert Amid Heavy Rain Forecast for Sindh

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued high alert in the wake of expected widespread heavy rain and flood, particularly in Sindh and Balochistan, over the next five days.

Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, PMD Director General Dr Ghulam Rasul said a “very active monsoon system” would start affecting major parts of Sindh, including Karachi, and adjoining areas of Balochistan on Thursday, and its intensity would gradually increase.

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