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FAO Delegation Visits PCRWR HQ

Pakistani Farmers Get Tips via Text

PCRWR celebration international day to combat desertification with Radio Pakistan

Visit of Director General IWMI (International Water Management Institute) at PCRWR HQ

International Day of Biological Diversity- May 22

PCRWR Team Visit to regional office, WWRC, Quetta and R &D Farm on 18th and 19th May, 2017

PCRWR Team Visit to the Project Site of Rana Karez for Research Study "Rehabilitation and Sustainable Management of Karez in Balochistan" in Quetta on 18th May 2017

PCRWR Team Visit to the project site of "Integrated Water Resources Management at Pishin Lora Basin", Village Bagh in Barshore at Pishin District, Quetta Balochistan on 17th May 2017

One Day Workshop on Hydrologic Modelling using HEC-HMS in collaboration with US-Embassy

Participation of PCRWR's Delegation in Asian Development Bank meeting at Quetta

Improving Groungwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihood in Pakistan

Visit of Chairman IRSA

Inauguration of Indus Telemetry on Pilot Scale

4th meeting of Board of Governors of PCRWR

Training of Trainers, Facilitators in Bahawalpur under project, "Developing Approaches to Enhance Farmer Water Management Skills in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan in Pakistan

Pilot Site Selection Visit to Bahawalpur under ACIAR Sponsored Project "Developing Approaches to Enhance Farmer Water Management Skills in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan in Pakistan"

Visit of ICHARM and PMD heads to PCRWR, HQ

Two Days International Workshop 11 April 2017

Two Days International Workshop 10 April 2017

DAWN Pakistan FOOD & Agri Expo 2017

1st Quarterly Meeting of National Water Research Network (NWRN)

Visit of ICIMOD Delegation to PCRWR

Consultative Workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management and Rainwater Harvesting in Punjab Barani Tract Islamabad 27 March, 2017

World Water Day-2017

National Workshop"Pakistan-Achievement of Water-related SDGs", March 14-15, 2017

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The Government of Australia in collaboration with the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has launched Australian Water Programme for Pakistanunder which several joint initiatives have been started. The project titled Improving ground water management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan is a step toward more effective groundwater use for social, economic and environmental benefits. The core of this project is collaboration through partnerships to address the complexity of achieving effective and fair groundwater management. This project aims to build the capacity of researchers, farmers, farming communities and relevant government and non-government agencies to improve groundwater management in ways that enhance farming family livelihoods in Pakistan. Building capacity means building skills, knowledge and confidence, alongside the provision of tools and processes. The project is designed to provide an enabling environment for communities to participate in the research process and to develop socially acceptable solutions. The key outcomes by the end of the four year project would be: i) Farmers, farming organisations and partner non-government organisations have started introducing improved groundwater management practices, ii) Government agencies in Pakistan have started developing/ demonstrating improved groundwater-related planning, monitoring, management strategies, options and policies, and iii) Relevant provincial-level government agencies, non-government organisations and farming organisations have developed effective partnerships for ongoing discussion on groundwater management issues and solutions. The projects is being implemented in three provinces of Pakistan including Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab. The project is being funded by ACIAR and also CSU. The CSU is also the leading partner whereas PCRWR is facilitating national-level project coordination and management. The other partners are: ICARDA, provincial irrigation Departments (PID, SID, BID), UAF, UAAR, SAU, NED-UET and MUET.
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Study on Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan (UNESCO sponsored)
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and UNESCO are developing a flood forecasting model to be used in Pakistan. PCRWR is determining soil physical and hydraulic properties to be used as inputs for the model. PCRWR has also established a state of the art Soil Physics Laboratory to determine soil physical and hydraulic properties; surveyed 97 sites in Pothwar region and in the four Doabs for carrying out double ring infiltration tests, resistivity survey; collected soil samples for texture analysis and laboratory based determination of soil moisture characteristics curve; generated moisture retention data from analyzing the collected soil samples; and developed lithology of soil upto 50 m depth.

University OF UTAH, US
US-Pakistan Centre of Advance Studies in Water, Jamshoro

Study on Assessment of Environmental Degradation of Manchar Lake (financial assistance of US-Pakistan Centre of Advance Studies in Water, Jamshoro)
The environmental degradation of Manchar Lake has imposed adverse impacts on economic activities and livelihood of the local people. This study will help assess the health of the lake and to devise strategies for its improvement. Collected sixty water and soil samples have been collected from the body of the lake, surrounding area, inlets and outlets of Manchar Lake to evaluate the causes of degradation.

United Nation University (UNU)

In 1996, United Nation University (UNU), Tokyo, Japan and Shimadzu Corporation, Japan initiated the project in Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Philippine whereas India and Pakistan joined the project in later phases.

Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) after joining UNU-ISP Monitoring of POPs in East Asian Hydrosphere Project in October 21, 2005, has contributed greatly in monitoring of POPs in rivers and Arabian Sea coastal line. Nineteen sites on different rivers and coastal areas of sea were selected for the monitoring of POPs under UNU-ISP project. Besides water, sediments and aquatic organisms such as shrimps, squid (Sepioteuthis Lessonia) and sea bass (Lates Calcarifer) were also studied. The targeted compounds on yearly basis were organo-chlorine pesticide (OCPs) in 2006-2008, Polychlorinated Biphenyl’s (PCBs) in 2009 and Polybrominated diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in 2010-2011 and Per Fluorinated Compounds (PFCs) in water 2012-15. The Phase VII has been started in January, 2016. In this Phase Per-Fluorinated Compounds (PFCs) are being monitored. In the current Phase surface water, sediments and biota samples have been collected from five rivers and Arabian Sea. The sample pretreatment has been completed in National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) of PCRWR. The professional from PCRWR along with the pretreated samples have to participate in analysis session to be held on 11th 13th January, 2017 in Korea.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources has monitored the water quality of rivers Ravi and Sutlej with the collaboration of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Australia, under "Strategic Basin Assessment of Indus (Pakistan)"from August 2015 to July 2016. By selecting different strategic locations. Six (6) River water samples were collected per month, three (3) on each river. Nine (9) drain samples along with 18 nearby groundwater samples were collected per month to analyze effect of drains on groundwater quality. Ravi River water quality was more degraded than the Sutlej River, and lower water quality was observed in low flow conditions (October to June) than in high flow conditions (July to September). Water quality typically declined further downstream. Not a single drain in the monitoring program complied with the Pakistan National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) for effluent waste streams. Most of the shallow ground water sources monitored were contaminated with physicochemical and microbiological contaminants, heavy metals and even pesticides

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