Published On: Wed, Jun 13th, 2018
Published in Category: Lahore

Water risks in Pakistan discussed

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Lahore: The GIZ-managed “International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP)” facilitated the Partnership Steering Committee (PSC) meeting to address the shared water risks in Pakistan and to expedite the sustainable and efficient water management across Punjab’s cotton value chain, says in press release.

The meeting served as a platform for experts in the field of water management, textile and environment, including the representatives from Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Agriculture Department, Pakistan Meteorological Department, The Urban Unit (UU), Lok Sanjh Foundation (LSF), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Sustainable Production Centre (SPC), Ministry of Textile Industry and Environmental Protection Department (EPD) for taking collaborative actions to secure water for people.

The partners inked two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) covering different segments of cotton value chain, with the overarching objective of jointly developing strategies to mitigate the shared water and environmental risks and to safeguard the environment from the sources of pollution originating from Punjab’s textile industry.

The multiparty agreements also aimed at: creating awareness on Pakistan’s exacerbating water crisis; promoting innovative approaches in securing water supplies for drinking, industrial and agricultural use; managing floods and improving urban and rural drainage networks; storing surplus rain/flood water in the surface/subsurface space; and improving drinking water supply for Punjab’s rural areas.

Speaking at the occasion, EPD Director General, Dr. Javed Iqbal stated that, “Pakistan’s water resource challenges call for urgent collaborative action. Through partnerships like these, Pakistan’s shared water risks can be mutually assessed and mitigated with the industry and trade associations through the enforcement of environmental regulations.”

WASA Managing Director, Zahid Aziz, shared his experience of collaboration under the city-based partnership of Lahore (LWaSP).

With the support from partnership institutions and GIZ-IWaSP, WASA has successfully developed a very detailed hydrological model of Lahore and in-house expertise for the simulation of different climate and disaster-related scenarios to finding appropriate solutions to safeguard Lahore. WASA anticipate that water would not be flooding the roads of Lahore after successful implementation of appropriate measures designed by using the cutting-edge technology of 3Di.

In his remarks, the Country Manager of BCI Pakistan, Dr. Shafiq Ahmad, said that, “Water stewardship in Pakistan is the way forward to combating the water challenges through provision of modern irrigation techniques, and training in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to the rural communities.”

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