Policy shifts are must for resolving water scarcity issue: Speakers

START REPORT KHI: The water resources of Pakistan are becoming extensively scarce and there is a need to sensitize water conservation and underline water governance issues of the country. The US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) organized seminar on Water governance in Pakistan to highlight and prompt the policy makers with the rapidly shrinking water resources and storage capacity due to increasing consumption and climate change impacts.

The seminar was co organized by Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro and the University of Utah, USA.

MUET Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili was also present on the occasion. He said that the newly established USAID-funded USPCAS-W will be very helpful to resolve the impending water challenges of Pakistan through its applied research and various other productive initiatives.

A the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between the MUET and various institutions and agencies, including Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Sindh Irrigation Drainage Authority (SIDA) and Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam.

The experts in water resource management, faculty members, students, scientists, researchers and general public participated in the seminar. The experts underlined that the existing social, economic and administrative system of Pakistan lacks to suffice the water conservation needs and serious efforts and policy shifts are required.

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