Riphah Institute of Public Policy organized a session on World Water Day -2018 at Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR)
“Nature for Water” provides an important opportunity of exploring nature-based solutions for various water challenges said Mr. Hassan Muhammad Khan (Chancellor Riphah International University)
Riphah Institute of Public Policy a constituent institute of Riphah International University Islamabad in collaboration with Pakistan Council of research in Water Resources ICIMOD, ECOSF, CCRD and UNESCO has convened World Water Day at PCRWR Headquarters, (H-8/1, Khyaban-eJahur,) Islamabad. The event provided a platform for the exchange of experiences and dialogue to address water issues. A poster competition on water conservation, wastewater management was also organized in which students presented their research work on the said topics.
Decision-makers, water experts, students, institutions, community members and youth jointly emphasis on sustainable water management for an effective ecosystem. Speaking at the occasion Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR, Lt. General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman, NDMA, Mr. Hassan Muhammad Khan, Chancellor, Riphah International University, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative, IUCN, Dr. Abdul Majid, Country Representative, ICARDA, Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Director, UNESCO Islamabad, Khalil Raza ECOSF Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Chairman, FFC Dr. Abdul Wahid Jasra, Country Representative, ICIMOD Dr. Ghulam Rasool, DG, PMD. said that “Nature for Water” provides an important opportunity of exploring nature based solutions for various water challenges.
Water is not only a life-sustaining resource but also accounted for social well-being and economic prosperity. It plays an important role in managing the healthy ecosystem. Besides the fact that plenty of water is found on the surface of the earth, only 2.5% is available as freshwater. The floods and droughts are considered as major water challenges for 21st century globally. The phenomenon like global warming and climate change further aggravates towards the severity of these challenges.
The climatic analysis dictates that the amount of rainfall has been increased annually, however, the rainfall is mostly not available when it is critically required for crops to grow healthy. On contrary, the heavy rainfall triggers flash flooding which not only damages infrastructure, property, and crops but the unrecoverable loss of important lives of people. The tsunami and other recent flooding events happened in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and China is the worst examples of these disasters. There is a need that ecosystem management must be effectively pursued which not only offers an opportunity to strengthen natural infrastructure and human resilience against hazard impacts but also generates a range of other social, economic and environmental benefits for multiple stakeholders, which in turn feed back into reduced risk.