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Harnessing capacities and formulating policies for climate-smart water and agriculture resource management


Gilgit, Pakistan

Date & Time

16 June 2022

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)



  • Share knowledge on integrated water resource management technologies with key stakeholders
  • Enhance partnerships and synergies to scale investments and innovative solutions
  • Engage policy partners to discuss integrated policy formulation and measures for agriculture, food, and nutrition security in Gilgit-Baltistan
  • Disseminate lessons and best practices of the water resource management pilot interventions with wider stakeholders


Expected participants

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.



Time Programme Speakers/resource persons
Moderators: SJCPP and ICIMOD                                                                                              
09:15–10:00 Opening session

  • Tilawat-e-Kalam Pak
  • Welcome remarks
  • Objectives of the workshop


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

10:00–10:30 Group photo and tea/coffee
11:30–11:15 Plenary session (10 min each)

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

11:15–11:30 Q&A Ghulam Ali, ICIMOD
11:30–12:30 Panel discussion

  1. What are the main issues and challenges in managing water resources for improved livelihood/food security and climate resilience in GB?
  2. What are the key lessons you learned from today’s discussion?
  3. What opportunities do you see in taking forward the Integrated water resource management approach for large scale impacts?
  4. What can be some of the operational challenges for doing so?

Moderator: Babar Khan, ICIMOD




Gender expert, GBDMA

12:30–12:45 Q&A
12:45–13:00 Screening of the WRM documentary prepared by WWF-Pakistan and ICIMOD

Launching of knowledge products (issue briefs, factsheets, video documentary)

13:00–13:15 Reflections and comments from trainees Trainees
13:15–14:00 Closing session remarks

Remarks from the Cheif Guest



14:00–14:10 Wrap up of the session and resolution SJCPP
14:10–14:15 Vote of thanks WWF-Pakistan