Aussies to impart water management expertise

By Staff Reporter
Monday – December 9, 2019
ISLAMABAD: The water resources (WR) ministry, on Thursday, signed the annual activity plan for cooperation in the field of WR management with the government of Australia (GoA), to implement the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on water cooperation signed between the two countries in the month of September 2018.

According to an official statement, under this plan GoA will provide technical assistance, joint research and capacity building of Pakistan’s water sector experts in the field of River Basin management, water for cities, drinking and water for food and agriculture.

Australian partners will provide water apportionment software and tool to Pakistan which will facilitate Indus River System Authority (IRSA) as well as the provinces for transparent water apportionment as per water Accord 1991 among the stakeholders.

Similarly, the flood early warning system of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) will be strengthened. The Australian experts will furthermore undertake situation analysis of water and sanitation challenges in one major city in Sindh and Punjab.

The ground water modelling of Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh will be carried out under this plan. Further a joint research in the field of supportive adaptive management of salinity in Southern Punjab and Northern Sindh will also be carried out.

WR ministry secretary Muhammad Ashraf signed the document on behalf of the government of Pakistan (GoP), whereas Australian High Commissioner for Pakistan Geoffrey Shaw, signed the activity plan on behalf of the GoA.