Key Achievements

  • Designed and implemented a package of practices for improved livelihoods in the Upper Indus Basin through agricultural water, energy, and hazard management at two sites in Gilgit-Baltistan. Two more sites were added in 2017.
  • Implemented packages of practices through a strong consortium of national partners by involving local communities. Consortium partners include World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GB-DMA), Gilgit-Baltistan Forest Wildlife & Environmental Department (GB-FWED), Mountain Agriculture Research Centre (MARC), Karakoram International University (KIU), and Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH).
  • Ensured commitment from high-level dignitaries to scale up learning from pilot interventions through relevant policy and strategy formulations. This commitment was received in mid 2018 during a high-level policy roundtable and field visit attended by dignitaries including the Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan and the First Secretary. The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, the Secretary of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (ICIMOD’s nodal ministry in Pakistan), and federal government department heads were among those attending. 
  • Introduced an innovative approach to controlling erosion of barren land: The women’s group of Passu village in the UIB has planted 5,000 sea buckthorn saplings along a previously eroded stretch of land. Sea buckthorn plants control erosion and have land-stabilizing properties. Sea buckthorn branches can be used as fuel wood and its berries have medicinal properties. The plant can hence provide women a livelihood source. The women of Passu have demonstrated exemplary capability in handling finances and providing rigorous labour services. They managed the funds to purchase and transplant saplings, and made provisions for irrigation and carrying water up embankments to irrigate the bushes. The next step will be to monitor and maintain the planting site by replacing dead plants with new plants.