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SDIP in Pakistan July 2017

Posted by: Clare Brandon

July 27, 2017

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.
Presentations at the SDIP Pakistan meeting in July
Presentation at the SDIP Pakistan meeting in July

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.