Latest data, vital research to tackle water scarcity and climate change issues: experts

Experts emphasized using the latest data and research to ensure sustainable use of water and land resources to address the severe challenges of water scarcity.

Experts emphasized using the latest data and research to ensure sustainable use of water and land resources to address the serious challenges of water scarcity, climate change as well as food security. in Pakistan.
They voiced these views during the inauguration of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Pakistan Liaison Office in Islamabad on Thursday. Representatives of the diplomatic community, federal secretaries, and development and private sector officials attended the ceremony.
Dr. Rachael McDonnell, Deputy Managing Director, IWMI, who inaugurated the liaison office, gave a presentation on the impacts of climate change on the availability of water resources in Pakistan.
She said that IWMI uses a research for development approach to implement three strategic programs: 1) Water, Food and Ecosystems; 2) Water, Climate Change and Resilience; and 3) Water, Growth and Inclusion, to support the Pakistani government’s efforts to achieve its goals under the Sustainable Development Goals.
Highlighting IWMI’s priorities in Pakistan, Dr Rachael added, “Our priorities, developed jointly with federal ministries, provincial governments and development partners, aim to support the design and implementation of effective policies in water, food and climate; improving water use efficiency and productivity; and build stronger water institutions at all levels. Key areas of research include disaster risk monitoring and climate resilience, water resources assessment, irrigation modernization, agricultural water management and capacity development.
IWMI is an international non-profit scientific research organization, under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which focuses on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI was established in Pakistan in September 1986 as a permanent research center.
In his address, the National Representative – Pakistan and Regional Representative – Central Asia, IWMI, Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, said, “IWMI Pakistan is working on projects related to improving water governance at federal and provincial levels. , to help Pakistan adapt to climate change. . By ensuring the availability of better data on water and its use in the provinces, it will improve the sharing of water according to demand between competing uses.
He added, “We have field offices in Okara, Rahim Yar Khan and DI Khan, and this liaison office in Islamabad will improve coordination with stakeholders and address the growing water challenge.
On this occasion, the Chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Ali, described the role of IWMI as very important in water resources management and PARC’s collaboration for development. sustainable irrigation in Pakistan.
Speaking on this occasion, Florence Rolle, representative of Pakistan, shared an overview of the Living Indus initiative in Pakistan.
Joint Principal Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research Humayun Javed; Chairman Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Water Resources Engr. Ahmed Kamal and the Joint Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Dr. Mazhar Hayat, made their presentations on the implementation of various policies related to food security, water and climate change.
During the technical session, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Council for Water Resources Research (PCRWR) briefed the participants on the current water situation in Pakistan.
The session was followed by a round table on the ways of a sustainable management of water resources in the Indus basin: challenges and opportunities. Panelists included
Muhammad Nawaz, Development Specialist, Water Resources Management, USAID; Dr. Bashir Ahmad, Director, Climate, Energy and Water Research Institute (CEWRI); Sardar Moazzam, Director General, National Authority for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NEECA).
The panelists called for the protection of the Indus River Basin from various threats such as climate change, unsustainable use and pollution, and suggested ways for the government to ensure water security in Pakistan.

Sean N. Ayres