• Wednesday, February 14, 2024

  • CUI

  • Shama Munir

The Director Campus/ UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid,T.I,. along with the team comprising Engr. Summera Fehmi, Engr. Sarmad Manzoor and three students from the Department of Civil Engineering attended the National Water Conference with the theme "Water, People, and Equity: Building a Better Future for All", on January 15, 2024 organized by the Indus Consortium dedicated for Humanitarian, Environment, and development. The conference aimed at building a “Better Future for All," to foster inclusive water management practices for the benefit of all segments of society.
The conference gathered policymakers, researchers, farmers, and various stakeholders at a national water conference. The speakers deliberated on the safe and free drinking water and sustainable agricultural practices for farmers across the country.  The central strategic objective of the Indus Consortium is to enhance the irrigation water governance and the key water channels like Akram Wah Badin, Rangpur Canal Muzaffargarh, and Daajal Canal Rajanpur.
Zarif Iqbal Khero, Chief Engineer, and Ex-Secretary Irrigation Sindh presented the session on Sindh Water Policy, Mohammad Ehsan Leghari, Member Sindh, Indus River System Authority (IRSA), highlighted the environmental and economic impact of discharging wastewater into fresh water.  Dr Rasool Bux Mahar, Vice Chancellor of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Technology and Skill Development (BBSUTSD), discussed the contamination of ground and surface waters other discussed the complexities of managing groundwater resources within geological boundaries. Nazeer Ahmed Memon, Project Coordinator Directorate of Sindh Water Sector and Barrages Improvement, Government of Sindh, acknowledged the Indus Consortium's contributions to water governance reflected in the Sindh Water Policy draft.
All detailed deliberations by the speakers on the theme of conference were very thought – provoking and stressed the need of strategic flood management and policy implementation for Building a Better Future for All in Pakistan.