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Summer School on Managing Shared River Basins: Connecting Science & Policy for Integrated Water Resources Management


Rising populations, growing multi-sectoral needs, and increasing impacts of climate change have put Pakistan’s already limited transboundary water resources under immense stress. It is crucial to understand management of shared basins in a holistic perspective for equitable and sustainable future. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is an effective approach for managing transboundary waters which requires strong interface of science and policy. LEAD Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) conducted a Summer School on IWRM under its Project titled 'Using Water Resources Systems Analysis to Guide a Transboundary Kabul River Water Partnership'. The Summer School focused on integration of technology and policy issues. The program explored water management of Kabul River Basin as a case study for IWRM.


  1. Developing a holistic approach for integrated water resources management through enhanced understanding of policy and technology interface.
  2. Building capacity of water professionals to develop a critical mass of future of Water Leaders.
  3. Forge a network of water professionals to create a community of practice aimed at sharing learnings and creating synergies in their work.

Focus Areas

This program provided an introduction to policy frameworks and modeling tools for implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach in transboundary basins. The following areas were covered:

  • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • Hydro-meteorological modelling and simulation tools
  • Political economy of shared river basins
  • Legal frameworks for transboundary waters
  • Case study of Kabul River Basin


Ameer Abdullah, Lecturer, NDU Islamabad
Aneela Khan        
Arshad Mahmood, Site Engineer-II, Housing Dte, GHQ Rawalpindi.
Asma Khalil, Technical Associate, Ministry of Water Resources, WCAP Project
Bushra Khurshid, Lecturer, LUAWMS
Dileep Kumar        
Engr. Shahid Hameed Khan Khalil, Scientific Officer, Climate, Energy and Water Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Center, Islamabad.
Farah Nadeem, Project Officer, WWF-Pakistan
Haris Mushtaq, Research Assistant, GCISC
Jahangir Ali, Research Assitant, LEAD Pakistan
Jan Muhammad, Agriculture Officer,  Department of Agriculture Extension KP
Mehran Sattar, Site Inspector, Osmani Consultants
Muhammad Faisal Shehzad         
Muhammad Mohsin Ali, Scientific Officer, PARC Natioanl Agricultural Research Center Chak Shehzad Park Road, Islamabad
Muhammad Ukasha, Program Officer (Water Resources Engineer)    Ministry of Water Resources, WCAP Project
Muhammad Usman, Research Associate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mustafa Zahid, Data Researcher, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Islamabad
Nida Alvi        
Shabila Perveen, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Consultants-PPI
Shazia Ghani, Team Lead, Prime Ministers Performance Delivery Unit
Sobia Siddique, HR Executive, DealSmash
Zaib un Nisa, Research Associate, AIOU
Zufishan Anjum , Internee, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency


Day 1

Climate Change - Regional Perspective by Dr Furrukh Bashir
Hydrology of Pakistan by Sohail Babar Cheema
Indus Waters Treaty by Dr Shaheen Akhtar
Introduction to Regional Climatology Burhan Ahmad
Managing Shared River Basins Supply and Demand Challenges by Pervaiz Amir
Status of Glaciers in Pakistan by Adnan Shafiq Rana

Day 2

An overview of Weather Observation Practices over Pakistan by Fayyaz Ahmed
Concepts of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) by Dr. Hassan Abbas
Data challenges in Trans-boundary River Basins - Case Study of the Upper Indus Basin by Asif Khan
Observation through Remote Sensing by M Athar Haroon
Water Resources Management in Pakistan by Hassan Abbas & Asghar Hussain

Day 3

Climate Modelling Overview by Dr. Jehangir Ashraf Awan
Legal Instruments in International (freshwater) Law by Ahmad Rafay Alam
Methods and Application of Downscaling by Dr. Jehangir Ashraf Awan
Haleem Commission Report 2


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Other Details

Start Date:07/02/2018
End Date:07/06/2018
Last Date for Registration:06/15/2018