ICIMOD Celebrates World Water Day



To mark World Water Day, ICIMOD took part in a week long programme organized by the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat of the Government of Nepal in collaboration with 55 different development organizations in Nepal. Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony highlighting the global importance of mountains, the water from which 40 per cent of the world’s population indirectly depends on. 

During the event, which ran from 17 to 23 March, an ICIMOD photo exhibition on the this year’s World Water Day theme, ‘Water Cooperation’, showcased the diverse nature of river systems in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in terms of their water sources, flow regimes, and ways that they interact with society and ecosystems. In addition, ICIMOD distributed water-related publications and displayed relevant posters at an information stall. 


ICIMOD, in collaboration with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Pakistan Water Partnership, Planning Commission of Pakistan, and Pakistan Meteorological Department organized a half-day seminar to celebrate World Water Day in Islamabad on 22 March. This event helped raise awareness on water-related issues, including the potential for increased cooperation and water management challenges arising as the demand for water access, allocation, and services continues to increase. 

The seminar featured several high-profile speakers, including Ahmad Bakhsh Lehri, Secretary of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, who emphasized that “cooperation is essential to strike a balance between different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace”. Dr Amir Muhammed, ICIMOD Board Member and Rector of the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, highlighted current water-related issues affecting agriculture in Pakistan. He noted that, “The problems faced by the water sector in the country are many, acute, and serious, and it is known that we can generate about 83 million more acre-feet water. Therefore, building more reservoirs, developing an effective management strategy, and positive thinking are needed”. In addition, Dr Abdul Wahid Jasra, ICIMOD Pakistan Country Representative, shared the Director General’s message for World Water Day 2013. Over 200 scientists and researchers attended the seminar.