Progressing the Indus River modelling framework
In a July visit to Pakistan a team of CSIRO scientists progressed work towards a productive and water secure Pakistan. As part of this work the scientists:
- enhanced the implementation of a data management system for the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
- coordinated research activities with the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF)
- attended the inaugural SDIP Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) meeting to agree on the Indus Basin modelling framework review and acceptance process and
- explored national scale gender impacts.
The mission was extremely successful with the Strategic Advisory Group considering:
- how the eWater Source-based Indus river system modelling framework might be adopted as a national platform for Pakistan, Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP)
- the need for a national database and modelling centre,
- a model review process with the Indus River System Authority (IRSA)
- a request for CSIRO to contribute to a national gender policy and
- a test case scenario that would consider the water, food, energy and economic trade-offs of storage development.
The Australian High Commission in Pakistan recognises the value of this work in supporting a greater cooperation between the Governments of Australia and Pakistan.