Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Science and Technology

PAKISTAN COUNCIL OF RESEARCH IN WATER RESOURCES (PCRWR)

Water Research for Changing World

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Research Areas

Desertification and Rainwater Harvesting


1. A network of rainwater harvesting system has been developed spreading over 26,000 sq.km in the Cholistan desert by developing specially design 110 reservoirs with water storage capacity of 440 million gallons.

2. Twenty scientifically designed deep tubewells have been installed with annual discharge of about 1405 million gallons where groundwater is usable for drinking of human and livestock population.

3. Due to rainwater harvesting system and installation of tubewells now drinking water is available through the year in the desert. Significant reduction of human and livestock migration, resulting saving of Rs. 6 billions annually.

4. Developed and demonstrated desertification control technologies over more than 500 acres in the cholistan desert for making desert productive through rainwater harvesting, livestock production, saline agriculture, grassland, range management, arid horticulture etc.