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‘Pakistan’s dependency on single river system extremely risky’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s dependence on a single river system is extremely risky whereas the country must put in the effort to fight water shortages, promote reforestation, maintain water infrastructure, harvest more rainfall, and strengthen its water management.

These views were expressed by Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Resident Representative Dr Steffen Kudella during a day-long conference “Water Security Challenges and Conservation Strategy for Pakistan” jointly organised by the HSF and Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) here on Tuesday.

“Water is also a vital topic of regional dialogue. Regional dialogues on water need to be prepared by discussions on national level first,” he said.

Addressing the conference, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) former chairman Dr Yusuf Zaraf, said that water security is Pakistan’s most critical development challenge.

He said that around 95 per cent of water goes to agriculture, adding that “We have used water for 70 years to use water for electricity. It is expected that water scarcity will be much higher by 2025.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan is one of the most naturally arid countries in the world with an average of only 240 mm rainfall per year. Around one fourth of the country’s land area is cultivated whereas most of this agriculture is water-intensive and dependent on man-made irrigation systems.

 

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‘Pakistan’s dependency on single river system extremely risky’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s dependence on a single river system is extremely risky whereas the country must put in the effort to fight water shortages, promote reforestation, maintain water infrastructure, harvest more rainfall, and strengthen its water management.

These views were expressed by Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Resident Representative Dr Steffen Kudella during a day-long conference “Water Security Challenges and Conservation Strategy for Pakistan” jointly organised by the HSF and Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) here on Tuesday.

“Water is also a vital topic of regional dialogue. Regional dialogues on water need to be prepared by discussions on national level first,” he said.

Addressing the conference, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) former chairman Dr Yusuf Zaraf, said that water security is Pakistan’s most critical development challenge.

He said that around 95 per cent of water goes to agriculture, adding that “We have used water for 70 years to use water for electricity. It is expected that water scarcity will be much higher by 2025.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan is one of the most naturally arid countries in the world with an average of only 240 mm rainfall per year. Around one fourth of the country’s land area is cultivated whereas most of this agriculture is water-intensive and dependent on man-made irrigation systems.

For all this talk about water and it's scarcity, little effort is being made to tackle it on the grass root level. I wanted to conduct a study about drip irrigation and university isn't or can't provide funding for it and I have to change my research proposal. Nobody facilitates researchers
 

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‘Pakistan’s dependency on single river system extremely risky’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s dependence on a single river system is extremely risky whereas the country must put in the effort to fight water shortages, promote reforestation, maintain water infrastructure, harvest more rainfall, and strengthen its water management.

These views were expressed by Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Resident Representative Dr Steffen Kudella during a day-long conference “Water Security Challenges and Conservation Strategy for Pakistan” jointly organised by the HSF and Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) here on Tuesday.

“Water is also a vital topic of regional dialogue. Regional dialogues on water need to be prepared by discussions on national level first,” he said.

Addressing the conference, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) former chairman Dr Yusuf Zaraf, said that water security is Pakistan’s most critical development challenge.

He said that around 95 per cent of water goes to agriculture, adding that “We have used water for 70 years to use water for electricity. It is expected that water scarcity will be much higher by 2025.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan is one of the most naturally arid countries in the world with an average of only 240 mm rainfall per year. Around one fourth of the country’s land area is cultivated whereas most of this agriculture is water-intensive and dependent on man-made irrigation systems.

People as individuals have to do more than govt to fight against water scarcity...

Govt also needs to start building water storage reservoirs
 

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People as individuals have to do more than govt to fight against water scarcity...

Govt also needs to start building water storage reservoirs
Or even much simpler, cheaper, and better: groundwater water storage.

Pumps, and electricity to operate them are much cheaper than building any open ponds.

And as a bonus, you don't need to lay canals or piping for agriculture use, as wells are already there.
 

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Desalination plants are probably the most reliable, the only problem is that they tend to be expensive. Newer tech has made them cheaper to operate, but it's still quite expensive.
 

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wht other options we have,?
divert mekong?
or steal yamuna
Take back Kashmir......I care about the Kashmiris but I care about Pakistanis and the future a lot more.....Yamuna and Ganga are a maybe after that. :lol:

Desalination plants are probably the most reliable, the only problem is that they tend to be expensive. Newer tech has made them cheaper to operate, but it's still quite expensive.
Brine filling of sea/ocean water is a major problem also. Energy cost of operating such infrastructure is great also. We would need nuclear or fusion reactors working alongside desalination plants. And something useful to be made with the brine, my opinion is using the brine for generating further electricity. Still, use of brine to make electricity isn't well known.
Or even much simpler, cheaper, and better: groundwater water storage.

Pumps, and electricity to operate them are much cheaper than building any open ponds.

And as a bonus, you don't need to lay canals or piping for agriculture use, as wells are already there.

Pakistan needs to build up groundwater storage but the use of groundwater should be the last resort. Unfortunately, a lot of the urban areas are using up the groundwater rather than replenishing it.
For all this talk about water and it's scarcity, little effort is being made to tackle it on the grass root level. I wanted to conduct a study about drip irrigation and university isn't or can't provide funding for it and I have to change my research proposal. Nobody facilitates researchers
That's unfortunate. Did you try to market the idea to conduct research to the university correctly?
 

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wht other options we have,?
divert mekong?
or steal yamuna
As said above, store typhoon water in underground acqilufier layers. Conveniently, most of Pakistan sits on huge limestone slabs, with loose conglonerate on top.

Punjab is particularly lucky with Silawalik formation providing deep acquifiers.

With average typhoons being 200mm-300mm, I see you can easily cover all of agricultural usage with storage.
 

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I HAVE SAID THIS AGAIN and again

the only solution is DAM BUSTERS

JF17s armed with heavy cruise missiles rain down on ILLEGAL INDIAN DAMs in kashmir



mark my words - india will block every drop to pakistan when every thing else has failed

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I HAVE SAID THIS AGAIN and again

the only solution is DAM BUSTERS

JF17s armed with heavy cruise missiles rain down on ILLEGAL INDIAN DAMs in kashmir



mark my words - india will block every drop to pakistan when every thing else has failed

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Where will you get the money to rebuild the ones destroyed in return fire? Expatriates can only give so much.
 

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fusion reactors
This technology is decades ahead of our time
I HAVE SAID THIS AGAIN and again

the only solution is DAM BUSTERS

JF17s armed with heavy cruise missiles rain down on ILLEGAL INDIAN DAMs in kashmir



mark my words - india will block every drop to pakistan when every thing else has failed

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Blocking rivers is very serious and an escalation more severe than invading Pakistan. India will not do it. Even during wartime the IWT has not been violated. Such an action warrants a nuclear response because you essentially sentencing 200 million people to a slow, painful death.
 

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I HAVE SAID THIS AGAIN and again

the only solution is DAM BUSTERS

JF17s armed with heavy cruise missiles rain down on ILLEGAL INDIAN DAMs in kashmir



mark my words - india will block every drop to pakistan when every thing else has failed

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When dams burst, the water washes away everything downstream. In this case Pakistan is down stream.
 

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When dams burst, the water washes away everything downstream. In this case Pakistan is down stream.

i didnt ask for your opinion

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This technology is decades ahead of our time


Blocking rivers is very serious and an escalation more severe than invading Pakistan. India will not do it. Even during wartime the IWT has not been violated. Such an action warrants a nuclear response because you essentially sentencing 200 million people to a slow, painful death.

baghliar dam on chanab

kishanganga on neelum



India is already violating IWT . fact check sir


yes, war is a solution , the only solution
 

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