Draft National Water Conservation Strategy and Stock-taking assignment for the implementation of National Water Policy and Launching of Water Quality Reports, 1st February, 2023 at PCRWR Office, Islamabad
Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in collaboration with IWMI, Pakistan and Federal Flood Commission (FFC) organized a National Level Consultation Workshop on Draft National Water Conservation Strategy and stock-taking assignments for the implementation of National Water Policy and launching of water quality research outcomes in the form of four key reports on February 1, 2023 at the NCBI Auditorium, PCRWR Head Office, H-8/1 Islamabad. Representatives from various federal, provincial departments and UN agencies attended the workshop. Addressing the audience, Mr. Ahmad Kamal, CEA/Chairman Federal flood commission highlighted the salient features of national water policy and briefed about the goal of national water policy and the need for the development of the strategy. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR stressed the need for water conservation in all water use sectors and the basic idea for developing the strategy. He also described the complete process of development of this document. Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, Country Representative, IWMI Pakistan, briefed the audience about the purpose and expected outcomes of the stock-taking initiatives. He also highlighted that the data received from the stakeholders will be helpful in the development of a baseline for the effective implementation of the national water policy 2018. Dr. Hifza Rasheed, Secretary, PCRWR, elaborated the outcomes and key findings of the PCRWR research reports. Mr. Haile Gashaw, Chief WASH UNICEF appreciated the efforts of the organizations involved in the development of National Water Conservation Strategies and ensured fully support to move towards regulations and practical implementation of National Water Policy in true spirit. During the technical session, Dr. Hifza Rasheed, Secretary, PCRWR delivered a detailed presentation on the salient features of the Draft National Water Conservation Strategy. Muhammad Kashif Manzoor, Deputy Director, PCRWR, Islamabad presented the updated progress on the data for the stock-taking assignment.