Pakistan: Water Crisis and Future of Water

Third Karachi International Water Conference (KIWC) was organized by Hisaar Foundation in association with Engro Foundation, here at Karachi. The two day conference discussed the present and expected water crisis in Pakistan ranging the issues of ‘fast decreasing per capita water availability, erratic river flows and changing water regime due to climate change.’

Governer Sindh making a speech regarding water issues and management.

His excellency, Mr. Muhammad Zubair, Governor of Sind attended the opening session as Chief Guest and remarked that the water issue has become critical and that he appreciates the efforts of citizen based organizations such as Hisaar Foundation to take steps to overcome some of the challenges.

Ms. Simi Kamal, founder of Hisaar Foundation spoke about the Panjwani Hisaar Water Institute at NED University of Engineering and Technology which aims to integrate the currently isolated nodes of engineering, natural sciences, economics and social sciences.

The conference opened with a plenary session on “The Future of Water in a Politically Challenged New World Order” with a keynote address by one of the world’s leading authorities on water, Professor David Grey, visiting professor at Oxford University.

The opening Plenary was followed by a series of sessions exploring issues such as the water economy, water stewardship and water in academia.

The first day of the conference closed on a high note with Seema Taher Khan of News One and TV One launching a website on “water warriors” for youth activation. In the same session, Umair Jaswal of Coke Studio fame, also launched a new song on water which had the youth mesmerized.

Umair Jaswal rocking the stage with his performance at KIWC 2017

The second day of conference was scheduled to discuss the issues of development of the federal and provincial water policies, explored water security and negotiating conflicts and benefits around water, and also looked at urban water management issues.

The second day and the conference were ended on a summary of all the sessions and conference declaration. Mr. Rafay Alam announced the Conference Declaration and Dr. Claudia Sadoff, Professor David Grey, Mr. Rudolph Cleveringa, were among the speakers at the closing plenary. An MOU was also signed between Hisaar Foundation and Wein Janos Foundation of Hungary.

Group of panelists ready to kick start the day 2 sessions of the 3rd KIWC

In the end the Chairperson of Hisaar Foundation, Mr. Zohair Ashir announced the fourth Karachi International Water Conference which is scheduled for November 2019.

The PR of the event was handled by STARLINKS PR and Events.

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