Milestone for water management in Pakistan
The CSIRO Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) team is most excited to learn about the approval of Pakistan’s first National Water Policy on April 24, 2018 and would like to congratulate all parties involved. This is a significant milestone for water management in Pakistan as it provides a comprehensive policy framework, principles, priorities and objectives in terms of water sectors and uses. Importantly the policy provides a framework for social and institutional issues such as water rights and obligations, stakeholder participation, public awareness, and investment requirements. The policy also sets out priorities for strategic planning and for the consumptive and non-consumptive uses of water.
The CSIRO SDIP team has provided long-term support and capacity development of Pakistan’s water sector agencies to support planning which is aligned with the new national water policy. The team have worked with the key federal and provincial government agencies in Pakistan to improve management of hydrological datasets and develop tools for assessing water availability and demand, sharing and delivery and ecological integrity of major wetlands. These tools include models for: rainfall-runoff, seasonal flow forecasting, river and irrigation systems and groundwater assessments. Find out more by visiting our Indus webpage.
The Indus SDIP work is part of a portfolio of investments supported by the Australian Government addressing the regional challenges of water, food and energy security in South Asia.
The SDIP Phase 2 aims to improve the integrated management of water, energy and food in the Himalayan river basins, addressing climate risk and the interests of women and girls. It seeks to:
- strengthen practices for regional cooperation
- generate and use critical new knowledge to enhance regional cooperation
- improve the regional enabling environment for private sector engagement.