To improve water governance and management, World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) has launched a city wide partnership to promote dialogue on water risks, according to Associated Press Pakistan (APP).
The partnership aims to increase water sustainability and water stewardship in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi by adopting locally driven solutions and mobilising new resources.
These goals will be achieved under the new Australia-Pakistan Water Security Initiative (APWASI), a four-year program that aims to strengthen cooperation between Australia and Pakistan on urban water resources management. APWASI, which comprises a number of public and private actors, will help identify water risks in the twin-cities and develop strategies to mitigate them.
At the launch of the event in Islamabad, Rab Nawaz, senior director, WWF-Pakistan said, “Australia has been successfully practicing holistic water management, which is the ‘Water Sensitive Cities Approach.”
He said Pakistan can also adopt these practices at the community level to make the twin cities “more livable, resilient, sustainable and productive.” This can then be replicated and scaled-up.
“Partnerships play an integral role in achieving water management goals,” he added.
Dr Naveed Iqbal Gondol, Director hydrology of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), said nature-based solutions such as rainwater harvesting will facilitate groundwater recharge and mitigate flooding.
Senior representatives from (PCRWR), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), and Pak Mission Society amongst others were also present and discussed locally-driven, low-cost solutions to improve access and availability of water.
From : pk.mashable.com