Water shortage endangering Indus river dolphin


STAFF REPORT KHI: Habitat of the Indus River dolphin, currently reduced to one-fifth of its historical range, is degraded primarily due to shortage of water caused by its diversions to meet the growing agricultural needs in country.

This was stated by speakers during an awareness event about conservation of Indus dolphin, organised by WWF-Pakistan on Sunday at Indus River Dolphin Conservation and Information Centre, Sukkur.

Imran Malik, Senior Conservation Officer of WWF-Pakistan said

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Water shortage endangering Indus river dolphin


STAFF REPORT KHI: Habitat of the Indus River dolphin, currently reduced to one-fifth of its historical range, is degraded primarily due to shortage of water caused by its diversions to meet the growing agricultural needs in country.

This was stated by speakers during an awareness event about conservation of Indus dolphin, organised by WWF-Pakistanon Sundayat Indus River Dolphin Conservation and Information Centre, Sukkur.

Imran Malik, Senior Conservation Officer of WWF-Pakistan said

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Industries polluting Chenab river


STAFF REPORT ISB: Industrial waste dumped into Chenab River is threatening the aquatic plant life, says a new study conducted by researchers at the Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

The study investigates the impact of polluted sediment on the morphological and biochemical prospects of Brassica napus seedlings, grown in vitro.

"Pollutants dragged into the river are posing more danger to plant life, as compared to that of pollutants on dry land,&quot

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Arsenic, lead increasing in Indus River water


STAFF REPORT ISB: Amount of arsenic and lead is increasing in the water of Indus River at an alarming stage, reveals a recent independent research.



About 70 water samples were collected from 70 different locations of upper Indus basin, glaciated valleys, and nallas from Gilgit/Biltistan.



Highest sampling elevation was 4683 m near Khunjrab Pass by lowest about 76 m after Hyderabad city, the report said.



At 24 places water coming from glaciated valley or nalas showed

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WWF-Pakistan releases Dr Gippels report on Indus River




STAFF REPORT LHR: Dr Christopher J Gippel’s report – Indus River: Review of Environmental Flows to Maintain Delta Ecosystem – developed under the Building Capacity on the Climate Change Adaptation in the Coastal Areas of Pakistan, WWF-Pakistan, has been released.

Main threats to the Indus delta include reduced freshwater flow, construction of dams and canals; encroachments, clearing mangroves for agriculture, reduced sediment loads, habitat destruction and pollution. However, the

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Run-of-the-river hydroelectricity concept




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Run-of-the-river hydroelectricity is ideal for streams or rivers with a minimum dry weather flow or those regulated by a much larger dam and reservoir upstream. A dam, smaller than that used for traditional hydro, is required to ensure that there is enough water to enter the "penstock" pipes that lead to the lower-elevation turbines. Projects with poundage, as opposed to those without poundage, can store water for peak load demand or continuously for base load,

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Run of the river projects – long way to go




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Pakistan is a water rich country but, unfortunately, its energy market investment in hydel power generation has been caught up in confusion and paradoxes for more than a decade, and no significant progress has been achieved so far. On the other hand, the Government is trying to facilitate private investors to promote hydel power generation in the country. Hydropower is a primary domestic source of energy. Pakistan is endowed with a hydel potential of approximately 41722 MW, most

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A milestone in Indus River water planning

A THREE-YEAR study has recently been carried out using a new technology (Dendrohydrology) at Laboratory of Dendrochronology and Plant Ecology of Pakistan Dept. of Botany Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology Karachi, Pakistan. This research was funded by Pak, US and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and collaborated with Prof. Dr. Edward Cook from Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Columbia University USA, Prof. Dr. Connie Wood House from Laboratory of Dendrochronology

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Dendrohydrology a milestone in Indus River water planning

Paras AliISLAMABAD: Pakistan, which is constantly confronted with critical situations of environment degradation and food insecurity, would likely to have an effective mechanism to overcome the negative impacts of these lingering issues on ago-economy and environment related in order conduct comparative studies and devise future plans for survival."Through Dendrohydrology, we can have the data of centuries old water flow cycle and weather patterns of Pakistan’s northern areas water rivers

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Speakers call for restoration of natural River Indus flow

STAFF REPORT LHR: Participants representing civil society, water experts, researchers, activists, environmentalists, politicians and deltaic and fishing communities have expressed their concern over the ecological destruction of Indus River and Indus Delta and demanded restoration of the natural flow of the Indus."Water is a fundamental element of life on the land, and thus access to water is a human right that must be protected equally for all people, in all places," was the

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Ravi river farmers prefer cultivating strawberry

STAFF REPORT IBD: The trend of cultivating strawberry is surging among farmers living in the riverine belt of the River Chenab as cultivators are much content with its profit ratio as compared to traditional crops.The traditional crops of the single-cropping belt located on both banks of the river are wheat and vegetables. Local farmers have been cultivating the two crops since generations, but they have now started cultivating strawberry as an alternative crop for the last few years."The

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