Focus Areas

The initiative conducts research and exchanges knowledge on agricultural water and hazard management. It has improved understanding of present and future water availability and use in the basin and improved the resilience of riparian communities in the basin through drought information and early warning about upstream flood situations.

Its activities seek to ensure increased water, food, and energy security in the Indus Basin to benefit the poor and vulnerable, particularly women and girls. The gender approach adopts two folds: gender integration and gender-focused activities. Gender integration is built into activities related to water management and community-based early warning systems.

The initiative is gender-focused and implemented through action research on women’s empowerment through social entrepreneurship. A gender network has been established at basin scale to influence decision-making for gender and social equity. The initiative has launched a water management package of practice and established the Upper Indus Basin Network (UIBN), several community based flood early warning systems (CBFEWS), a drought monitoring system, and a flood outlook in Chenab in collaboration with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).