KARACHI–Institutional architecture of the water sector in the country needs to be revised ensuring that all concerned institutions have the capacity, procured with proper legal cover to produce positive results.
Experts at a consultative workshop on Pakistan Water Programme in collaboration with Oxfam-Novib warned that 20 years from now, Pakistan would be in far tougher circumstances if solid steps were not taken to secure its water sources."Water is not oil, it is not gas, it has no substitutes, it cannot be imported, therefore, it is needed to sustain life, said- Shams-ul-Mulk.The President SOPREST said shortage of water is fast becoming a source of worry not just for Pakistan, but also for the world.
He discussed in detail the Indus Water Treaty and its significance in the present times.Rector, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Dr. Amir Mohammad discussed as how the issue of water should be taken up more seriously by institutions and individuals.
"Water zones should be marked according to the cropping patterns and in terms of maximum underground water availability and classified according to water efficiency," he said.Member Food & Agriculture, Planning Commission of Pakistan, Javed Malik, talked about how controlling population patterns and migration can aid water resource management.
Dr. Shahid Ahmed talked about sustainable use of water and said there was no such thing as wastage of water as all water should be utilised.He also talked about the political obstacles in terms of power and royalty and how Pakistan has lost 30 years of development.
Dr. Shahid said that no solution was possible without strong provincial consensus.Country Representative IUCN -Pakistan Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, referred to the importance of water in daily life and cooperation with neighboring countries on the matter.
President, Baanhn Beli, Javed Jabbar, said the issue of water is more serious than ever, and needs to be taken up as a top priority by the governance bodies.He appreciated that through the formulation of a collaborative "Pakistan Water Programme" IUCN/ Oxfam Novib have taken a strategic action.
The Programme will focus on all provinces, to address priority issues in the context of population growth, expected impacts of climate change, emphasis on linkages with livelihoods and ecosystem health. The concepts of integrated river basin management and participatory approaches will be translated into actions and good practices.