By Amin Ahmed (Daily Dawn, 28th January, 2019) ISLAMABAD: A new report of the World Bank says Pakistan gets a poor economic return from its significant water resources, observing that the best use of water endowment is not made in the country. The economic costs from poor water and sanitation, floods and droughts are … Continue reading Pakistan Makes Poor Use of its Water Resources: report
By Dr. William Young November 15, 2017 Persistent myths, which can misguide policy, are barriers to improving water security for the people of Pakistan. Here are five: First, this problem of water security is often presented as one of water scarcity. But Pakistan is a water-rich country – only 35 countries have more renewable … Continue reading Five myths about water in Pakistan
By Dr. Hassan Abbas Some sticky, slippery and volatile hydrocarbons, sitting deep in the geological formations for millions of years, suddenly found their worth when ignited by internal combustion engines (ICE). That brought the world’s attention to Middle Eastern oil and Bedouins got rich. Indus waters have been flowing for millions of years. All we … Continue reading Grand Vision for Pakistan’s Water Future
By Hassan Abbas “THERE has never been a fair playing field when dams have been compared with their alternatives. Corruption and the power of the big-dam lobby … [has] meant that feasibility studies for new dams have regularly underestimated their costs and exaggerated their benefits,” writes Patrick McCully, director of International Rivers Network, UK. A … Continue reading Dam alternatives?
It has been known in the inner recesses of the engineering establishment of Pakistan for the past 20 years or so, that the Diamer-Bhasha dam is not technically feasible. By Daanish Mustafa I noted with some disbelief the Prime Minister’s pledge to build Diamer-Bhasha dam amongst others, with donations from overseas Pakistanis. According to … Continue reading Folly, thy name is Diamer-Bhasha
We don’t need another mega project to solve our problems. What we need is a mega-vision. By Hassan Abbas There’s a general rhetoric that, one, Pakistan is soon going to run out of water; and, two, building more dams is the ‘only solution’ to the crisis. Is this really the case? Nature’s mechanism that brings … Continue reading Dam Equivalents: The solution to Pakistan’s water crisis
Indus water pollution By F.H. Mughal TWO MERCY appeals by the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (Jan. 25 & March 1, 1997) two news items in the DAWN (March 3 & 4, 1997) and, a write-up by Ms Mumtaz Rashdi (March 14, 1997), highlight the problems of disposing of the saline water into the Indus, through WAPDA's … Continue reading Indus water pollution