Roundtable on Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources of the Upper Indus Basin


The third roundtable meeting of the Upper Indus Basin (UIB) Monitoring Working Group was held in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 25 January. Thirty participants participated in the roundtable, including Chairman Khalid Mohtadullah and representatives from the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Federal Flood Commission, Water and Power Development Authority, Global Change Impact Studies Centre, University of Peshawar, ICIMOD, University of Bonn, Ev-K2-CNR, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN), and Sohni Dharti television network. 

In his welcoming remarks, Dr Ghulam Rasul, Chief Meteorologist of PMD, stressed the importance of the UIB initiative for better understanding of water cycle dynamics, hydro-meteorological data generation, and climate-hydro-glaciological modelling to develop guidelines for water resource development. Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, shared the Centre’s approach to river basin management, and shared his vision on the development of a programme with partners in Pakistan for the Indus River basin, which included the following components: 

  • Partnership set up 
  • Preparation of background document 
  • Study on climate, hydrology, and cryosphere
  • Capacity building
  • Focus on water use 
  • Focus on the larger Indus basin, including China, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan

The roundtable presented an opportunity to collectively identify short-term and long-term tasks. In addition, detailed discussion resulted in agreements on data sharing and the expansion of the UIB framework concept as well as the formation of a steering committee, which will encourage faster collaboration among members of the UIB Working Group. ICIMOD will help in developing the proposal and submitting it to donors.

During a meeting with Ev-K2-CNR on 25 Jan, Dr Molden and representatives from Ev-K2-CNR explored possibilities for collaboration in the Indus Basin Programme, and suggested the team at ICIMOD be in regular contact with EV-K2CNR.