Experts’ Field Visit to Upper Indus Basin


Background Note

ICIMOD will organize an experts’ field visit to the Upper Indus Basin from 14 to 24 April 2014. Approximately 45 national and international experts on the Upper Indus Basin from the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) of Pakistan, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Global Change Impact Studies Centre, University of Peshawar, Karakoram International University, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, WWF Gilgit-Baltistan, FOCUS, IUCN-Pakistan, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, University of Bonn, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research Chinese Academy of Sciences, EvK2CNR, ICIMOD, and media persons will participate in the programme. The participants will observe glacier monitoring stations, hydrological stations, and weather stations installed by the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Water and Power Development Authority, and other organizations. Experts will also interact with local communities in the Basin. The field visit is expected to improve our understanding of the current capacity of partners in the Upper Indus Basin and other issues that are vital for strategic planning and the management of water resources to meet downstream needs for irrigation, power generation, and water for domestic and industrial use.

Main Objectives:

  • Strengthen research and development between various actors working in the Upper Indus Basin
  • Select 10 glacier sites for some initial baseline research work on the Karakoram anomaly


  • Identify and standardize the methodology for data collection and locate and bridge any existing gaps
  • Identify climate change-induced hazards and adaptation strategies employed by local communities in response to climate change
  • Build the capacity of various institutions to undertake hydro-meteorological and modelling research and develop mechanisms for sharing scientific data and information
  • Visit the existing hydro-meteorological monitoring stations (Pakistan Meteorological Department, Water and Power Development Authority, and University of Bonn) at high elevations
  • Improve our knowledge of the links between climate change and water-related issues in agricultural production in the Upper Indus Basin
  • Understand the socioeconomic problems of communities residing in the Upper Indus Basin
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and how to transform challenges into opportunities

Expert field visit programme schedule:

14 April 2014 Arrival at Islamabad Marriott Hotel
15 April 2014 Arrival at Gilgit Serena Hotel, Gilgit
16 April 2014 Consultation workshop with Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Serena Hotel, Gilgit
17 April 2014 Visit to WAPDA Installations and interaction with community at Bagrot valley Night stay at Eagle Nest Hotel, Karimabad
18 April 2014 Visit to Ghulkin glacier and interaction with Ghulkin and Hussani communities Night stay at Passu Ambassador Hotel/Silk Route Hotel, Gojal
19 April 2014 Visit to first PMD Automatic Weather Station installation at Passu Ghar, WAPDA/PMD installations at Passu Glacier and visit to affected irrigation channels of Ghulkin glacier Night stay at Passu
20 April 2014 Visit to Malanguti glacier and interaction with Shimshal communit Night stay at Sost
21 April 2014 Visit to Khunjerab National Park  and planning workshop at Sost Night stay at Sost
22 April 2014 Visit to Minapin glacier and debriefing to government officials of Gilgit-Baltistan Serena, Gilgit
23 April 2014 Flight back to Islamabad Marriott Hotel, Islamabad
24 April 2014 Debriefing to Government of Pakistan Marriott Hotel, Islamabad