Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) was established in 1964 and is working as a body corporate vide PCRWR Act 2007 under Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). PCRWR is mandated to conduct, organize, coordinate and promote research on all aspects of water, specifically irrigation, drainage, surface & groundwater management, groundwater recharge, watershed management, rainwater harvesting, desertification control, water quality and overall environment. Therefore, the organization promotes partnerships with national and international research to deal with the emerging issues and future challenges in water sector especially under climate change scenario.
Since its inception, PCRWR has played its role, as a leadin water sector R&D organization through a well established state of the art research and dissemination infrastructure, having its Headquarter in Islamabad along with eight Regional Research Centers located at Tandojam, Quetta, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Muzafarabad and Gilgit. The management of the Council consists of the Board of Governors, the Chairman and the Executive Committee.
The PCRWR is mandated to conduct, organize, co-ordinate and promote research in all fields of water resources engineering, planning and management, so as to optimally use the available land and water resources and to help achieve sustainability in the agricultural sector.
Under the PCRWR Act 2007, the overall control, direction and superintendence of the affairs of the Council shall vest in a Board of Governors which may exercise all powers, perform all functions and do all acts and things which may be exercised, performed or done by the Council. The BOG is headed by Federal Minister for Science & Technology as its President and Federal Secretary as Deputy President besides representation from Federal and Provincial Departments, Technical Institutions, Professionals and Farmers all over the country. Further Technical and Executive Committees assist the BoG in its operation and decision making.
Chairman PCRWR is the Chief Executive of the Council. He also acts as Secretary of the BoG.