National Workshop on Customized Irrigation and Climate Advisory Service (ICAS), Islamabad on 24th May, 2022
Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) organized National Workshop on Customized Irrigation and Climate Advisory Service (ICAS) in collaboration with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC). The objective of the workshop was to bring all the stakeholder organizations, individuals, researchers, and “Citizen Scientists” working in the field of natural resource management for building resilience to climate change, agriculture, and water productivity.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief guest Dr. Kazim Niaz, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources remarked that climate change is an emerging challenge to the water resources of Pakistan that demands rapid participatory actions. He appreciated the efforts made by PCRWR to engage farmers as citizen scientists in bringing up innovative solutions for natural resource management and resilience to climate change. Dr. Aslam Perwaiz, Deputy Executive Director, ADPC highlighted that the locally steered innovative solutions are key to building solutions for climate resilience. In his address, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PCRWR stressed that it is essential to convey irrigation scheduling information to farmers to avoid crisis situations in irrigated agriculture. In his keynote speech, Professor Faisal Hossain, University of Washington USA remarked that there is a huge potential to utilize scientific data for the benefit of a common person.