Efficient water management key to ensuring water security in Pakistan

IWMI Pakistan organizes media workshop for effective reporting on water governance

12:59 AM | 31 Mar, 2023
Efficient water management key to ensuring water security in Pakistan

LAHORE — Experts have stressed the need to rightly measure our water resources to achieve the objective of efficient water management which is the key to ensuring water security in Pakistan.

“It will contribute towards informed decision-making,” said the participants of a media workshop held today, under the aegis of the International Water Management Institute, IWMI, Pakistan.

The workshop was organised for effective reporting on water governance, under the UK Aid-funded Water Resource Accountability in Pakistan, WRAP.
The basic objective of the event was to sensitize print, electronic and digital media journalists on water governance in Pakistan. The speakers highlighted the importance of water measurement for effective water governance and how improved water resource management can help to ensure the availability of water for different sectors, especially agriculture and industry.
According to Dr Mohsin Hafeez, Country Representative – Pakistan, and Team Leader of the WRAP Programme Component 1: CRS-IWaG, “IWMI Pakistan is working on various water-related reforms through the UK Aid-funded programme, such as water accounting and water resources assessment, Data as a Service, DaaS, water allocation systems, groundwater management information system, and irrigation demand management, among others.
These reforms will improve water governance in the Indus Basin to support the implementation of national policies, water and climate change, as well as promote sustainable use of water in Punjab to support the implementation of Punjab Water Act 2019.”, Dr Muhammad Javed, Director - Strategic Planning and Reform Unit, Punjab Irrigation Department, PID, gave an overview of Punjab Water Act 2019 and how the WRAP Programme Component 1: CRS-IwaG is contributing towards its implementation.

 Dr Umer Waqas Chatha, International Researcher & Irrigation Specialist.

Dr Umar Waqas Chatha, International Researcher shared that Chameleon Soil Water Sensor technology, which is the need of the hour for farmers in our country. Farmers can use this sensor technology to monitor the real-time soil water availability to crops, and this will not only help them to optimize irrigation and fertilization practices but also results in higher crop yields, he added.

The Irrigation Specialist further mentioned that the sensor continuously observes the soil moisture at different depths and help the farmer make informed management decision on irrigating the crops timely. "As a result, the sensor helps to improve water use efficiency and it will be a vital step to raise farm productivity by conserving water," he maintained.

When asked about tackling water scarcity issues in crisis-hit Pakistan, Dr Umer said farmers and other relevant stakeholders need to be informed about the latest technologies that are being used in developed countries.

He stressed focusing on automated groundwater divers to monitor real-time groundwater levels and other important water quality parameters of the aquifer as it helps in generating evidence of changes in groundwater levels and water quality over time. 

"The data set collected from the divers will be used to support water resource management decisions and groundwater remediation efforts," Chatha added.

Engr. Hafiz Qaisar Yasin, Director, Headquarters, On Farm Water Management, OFWM, Punjab, informed the participants of the need to improve water governance for better agricultural productivity in Punjab. He emphasized various policies on water governance and highlighted the need for good governance at the farm level. He also emphasized undertaking water budgeting and accounting at the farm level to strengthen water governance and promote Irrigation Demand Management, IDM, /Nature-Based Solutions.

He also stressed communication, awareness raising, and capacity development activities, Experts from IWMI Pakistan, including Dr Abdur Rehman Cheema, Regional Researcher – Water Governance and Institutional Specialist, Dr Muhammad Arshad, Researcher – Integrated Water Resources Management Specialist, and Kanwal Waqar, Researcher – Gender and Youth Specialist, briefed the participants on water governance reforms being piloted through the WRAP Programme Component 1: CRS-IWaG, the instrumentation deployed in pilot district Okara for effective water management, mechanisms for better water allocation, and gender-inclusive water planning.

Engr. Dr Jehanzeb Masud Cheema, Researcher – Water Resources Management, IWMI Pakistan, summarized the key takeaways and informed the participants that efficient water management ensures water security. To achieve this objective, which will contribute towards informed decision-making.
He added that this media workshop would enable journalists to better report on water governance issues and advocate for the sustainable use of water resources among various stakeholders and the public. Moreover, IWMI Pakistan will arrange future capacity-building workshops and media exposure visits to the pilot district Okara in the next financial year of the WRAP Programme Component 1: CRS-IWaG.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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