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River Basins and Cryosphere
Indus Basin Initiative
16 June 2022
Arun Bhakta Shrestha
Organizer: WWF-Pakistan, Soni Jawari Center for Public Policy, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
The workshop will be attended by relevant government departments, potential development partners, community-based organisations, and funding agencies who could potentially invest to scale out the approach.
The agriculture sector in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region significantly contributes to the regional economy. However, the sector is characterised by limited arable land and human capacity, dwindling irrigation water and other input supplies, inefficient irrigation methods, and poor market linkages. Glacier-fed water irrigates about 90% of the cultivated farms. Glacier lowering and GLOF incidences have been dismantling irrigation channels, thereby leading to reduced irrigation water supplies to fields. Furthermore, 50% of cultivable wasteland is located much above the river and lacks access to irrigation water. In such situations, river water lifting becomes inevitable to ensure continuous irrigation water supply to already- cultivated areas as well as cultivable wastelands.
ICIMOD through a consortium of partners led by WWF-Pakistan piloted climate-smart water management techniques to address some of these challenges. We introduced two different water management packages, including solar pump-assisted river water lifting and hydraulic ram pump-assisted river water lifting, both integrated with drip irrigation. We piloted both packages to support high-value agricultural interventions. The success of the piloted packages has attracted investments both from the public and private sectors and scaling up efforts are ongoing. In addition, ICIMOD through its Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL) Initiative has been working with SJCPP on promoting organic agriculture and on the formulation of agriculture, food, and nutrition policies for Gilgit-Baltistan.
Keynote: Water resources management for agriculture in UIB, potentials and challenges
Policy making challenges and opportunities for water and agriculture, food security, and nutrition in Gilgit-Baltistan
Muhammad Ismail, Country Representative – Pakistan, ICIMOD
Arun B Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager – River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
Izhar Hunzai, Head, SJCPP
Innovative water resources management project implementation
Water induced hazards in Gilgit-Baltistan: Mitigation and policy needs
Experience of water resource management technologies piloting and scaling in Gilgit-Baltistan
Experiences of ETI interventions related to irrigating barren lands through water lifting and irrigation channels
TBD, Gilgit-Baltistan Water Resources and Irrigation Department (GBWRI) & MNFS&R
TBD, Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority
IFAD/Economic Transformation Initiative, Gilgit-Baltistan
Moderator: Babar Khan, ICIMOD
GBWRI, MNFS&R, PCRWR, WWF-Pakistan,
Gender expert, GBDMA
Launching of knowledge products (issue briefs, factsheets, video documentary)
Remarks from the Cheif Guest