The 1991 Water Apportionment Accord has been a great success by bringing major stakeholders on an agreement”, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said that while addressing the Plenary Workshop on Water Apportionment Accord-1991 which was held in Islamabad today.
“Such dialogues on Water Apportionment Accord-1991, held amongst water professionals and policy makers, have provided a solid knowledge base to strategically manage our water resources for future needs.”, the Minister said.
“Despite several points raised from time to time by different experts and politicians from all over the country, not a single case on the issue of water distribution has been referred to Council of Common Interests (CCI). This reflects strength of this accord.” The Minister noted.
The availability of water is subject to a number of spatial and temporal variables. Over the last 25 years, significant changes have occurred in Pakistan, particularly increased population, climate change and emerging new political boundaries such as Gilgit-Baltistan and the concept linking upstream-downstream users”. The Minister added.
The Minister committed his support to IWMI and PCRWR for the outcomes of the workshop even beyond their scope. He applauded the efforts of PCRWR and IWMI to take this initiative and supported the pilot set up of telemetry to facilitate IRSA as well as Provincial stakeholders for online and reliable monitoring of water distribution
M. Ashraf, Chairman PCRWR said on the occasion, he said that water was the most challenging sector for development in the 21stcentury. Despite having world’s largest contiguous irrigation system, Pakistan is now a water scarce country, the potential for management is still great.
It is to be noted that The workshop was jointly organized by IWMI, PCRWR and IRSA to celebrate 25 years of the Water Apportionment Accord-1991 signed by the 4 province of Pakistan for distribution of water. IWMI and PCRWR jointly have conducted series of dialogues since March 2016 all over the country to celebrate the success of the Accord and also explore opportunities for moving on. The objective of plenary workshop was to share the outcomes of the dialogues held.