15-16 November 2011: Workshop on Hydro-meteorological Monitoring of Upper Indus Basin

By Arun Bhakta Shrestha <abshrestha@icimod.org> on 27 Dec 2011

The workshop on hydro-meteorological monitoring and modelling of Upper Indus Basin (UIB) was organised by the ICIMOD Country Office in Pakistan jointly with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) from 15 to 16 November 2011 for 1.5 days. The main objective of the workshop was to take stock of hydro-meteorological monitoring and modelling activities in the Upper Indus Basin, to identify capacity gaps, and develop mechanisms for the sharing of scientific information and to develop possible joint programmes. Forty participants from various government and non-government organisations and from academia attended the workshop. Mr Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, Member (Water), WAPDA was the Chief Guest for the Opening Session. 

The workshop concluded with an acknowledgement of the need to improve the understanding of the hydrometeorology of the UIB and modelling activities to improve the understanding of climate change impacts on the water resources. The workshop stressed the need to ensure strong collaboration and sharing between institutions/ individuals working in the basin. The participants called for a long-term, coordinated Indus Basin programme targeted towards improving the understanding of the Upper Indus Basin.

A small working group comprising five people representing key national and international institutions active in the Upper Indus Basin under the Chairmanship of Mr Khalid Mohadatullah was formed to develop a broad agenda for the Indus Basin initiative. The ICIMOD Country Office Pakistan will serve as the Secretariat.