PM Khan's adviser: 'Pakistan vulnerable to water problems'

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PM Khan’s adviser: ‘Pakistan vulnerable to water problems’

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PM Khans adviser: Pakistan vulnerable to water problems
PM Khan’s adviser: ‘Pakistan vulnerable to water problems’. DW/R. Saeed
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DW: Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource in Pakistan. Reports by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) warn that the country will reach absolute water scarcity by 2025. How is climate change exacerbating water shortages in Pakistan?

Malik Amin Aslam: You have raised a very important issue. Pakistan is vulnerable to water problems. There are many facets to it; sometimes we have too much water, resulting in floods, and at other times we have too little water as we fail to store adequately. We have to tackle both the problems by putting in place good water management policies. The present government is totally committed to tackling Pakistan’s environmental challenges. We’re going to initiate a project called “Recharge Pakistan,” which addresses both the issues.

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The plan involves using the excess flood water to recharge our ecosystem and ground water supplies. It’s done by diverting the water into our natural wetlands lying along the Indus river bank.

The concept for this new project has already been announced by the prime minister. We’re now in the stage of setting up a feasibility study, which should take about six months, and after its conclusion we expect implementation work to begin on the project.

But a single project is not enough; we need many more such projects. We also need to increase and improve water conservation as climate change is making weather and climate patterns increasingly unpredictable.

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