15-Days Training on Pre-Treatment of PECs in Water, Sediments and Biota and Analysis of POPs in Water and Sediments was held at National Water Quality Laboratory, PCRWR Headquarter, Islamabad from December 5-20, 2016 under the United Nation University (UNU) study “Monitoring of POPs and PFG in Asian Costal Hydrosphere”.
One day workshop on “Water Quality Situation in Surface Water Bodies of Pakistan (Ravi and Sutlej) jointly organized by PCRWR and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia held at PCRWR Headquarter, Islamabad on September 28, 2016.This study has been conducted under the Australia Pakistan Indus Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP), a 12 year regional program focused on the Water-Food-Energy connection in the three large river basins in South Asia.
On this occasion, His Excellency Mr. JurekJuszczyk, Acting High Commissioner of Australia, in his remarks said that the Australian High Commission was pleased to have partnered with PCRWR to execute this project. Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology,Chief Guest of the inaugural session workshop.Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PCRWR said that intensive use of agro-chemicals and untreated effluents from industry were potential source of environmental pollution, especially with respect to water quality.
Participants from Academia, Provincial Environmental Agencies, WASAs, Public Health Engineering and Health Departments, Chemical Industries, Pak Commission on Indus Water, PINSTECH, NGO's, UNICEF, JICA etc. attended the workshop.
The Inception workshop of the subject project funded by ACIAR was held at University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) from August 29 to September 2, 2016. Dr. Ashfaq A. Sheikh, DG, and PCRWR Regional Directors from Lahore, Tandojam and Quetta attended the workshop, Dr. Jehangir F. Punthakey, Dr. Michael Mitchell, Dr. Richard Culas, Prof. Catherine Allan from Charles Sturt University, Australia which is the International Knowledge Partner in this project, also attended the workshop. PCRWR is playing the national lead, whereas UAF is the social knowledge partner.
PCRWR is a partner of the Phase-II of UNESCO-JICA funded project titled “Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan”. The titled workshop of the project partners and stakeholders was held at Lahore on April, 19-20, 2016. PCRWR presented its progress of the 1st quarter and action plan for the 2nd quarter.
A training course was organized from April 11-15, 2016 in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) at Water Quality Laboratory of PCRWR Water Resources Research Centre (WRRC) Peshawar. Participants from Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Peshawar, Kohat and Abbottabad attended the five days training on water quality testing techniques. Demonstration on water sampling from various sources, field testing, preservation, storage and transportation of samples and field documentation were included in the training programme.
PCRWR organized a National Consultation Workshop on “SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya Needs Assessment” in collaboration with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) at PCRWR Headquarter Islamabad on February 23, 2016. The SERVIR programme is USAID-NASA joint venture which supports developing countries to improve their environmental management and resilience to climate change through integration of earth observation information and geospatial technologies into development decision-making.
Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology was the at the inaugural session workshop. Mr. Basanta Shrestha, Director Strategic Cooperation and Mr. BirendraBajracharya, Regional Program Manager, ICIMOD highlighted the goals, objectives and outcomes of SERVIR HKH.Dr. GhulamRasool, DG Pakistan Meteorological Department, the guest of honour.
DRIP and PCRWR Regional Office, Lahore organized one day training on “Use of Tensiometers” on January 6, 2016 at DRIP Campus, Tando Jam. Mr. Muhammad IshtiaqueRao, Director Incharge DRIP and Mr. Zamir Ahmad Soomro, Regional Director Lahore demonstrated the role of tensiometers in the field to determine the actual time of irrigation to crop. Professionals from Government of Sindh, MUET and Farmers participated.
PCRWR has been implementing the ICARDA sponsored project, “Diffusion and adoption through partnerships and action of the best watershed rehabilitation and irrigation practices and technologies to help rural farmers” since April, 2016. The project has been designed to encourage adoption of the successful water management technologies to the farmers with local partners i.e. water management, agricultural extension and NRSP. PCRWR has been given the lead role to ensure adoption of the rice cultivation on beds (100 farmers) and ridges (100 farmers), banana cultivation on beds (100 farmers) and low head drip system for high value orchards (100 farmers). PCRWR has the role of site maintenance and coordination/facilitation to the local agencies/partners to ensure adoption. In this regard, 6 field days were conducted to promote rice cultivation on beds in Punjab and 2 field days for the banana in Sindh.