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The Indus Basin Knowledge Forum (IBKF) aims to strengthen connections among those working in policy making, research, and knowledge generation in the Indus basin (IB), which is a key resource shared by Afghanistan, China, India, and Pakistan. Approximately 215 million people living within the basin rely on its resources, while many in the adjacent regions rely on its critical ecosystem services. However, the basin is under increasing stress. Rapid population growth and economic development are exerting tremendous strain on the basin’s resources. An uncertain climatic future will further impact all current and future users of the unique Indus River system.
River Basins and Cryosphere, Indus Basin
23 August 2019 to
24 August 2019
Arun Bhakta Shrestha
The third forum focused on addressing these issues by identifying two broad objectives:
1) the need to make decision makers aware of research being conducted in the IB.
2) a need for trust among scientists, policy makers, and advisers, which could serve as an important meeting point for further collaboration among regional member countries of the IB.
Taking these learnings further, the fourth forum aims to underline the urgency for collaboration among members in the IB. It aims to do this through three pathways:
1) policy-driven impactful research.
2) engagement and inclusiveness.
3) packaging of research.
The fourth IBKF will involve stakeholders from academia, government representatives from the RMCs, and the donor community.