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Managing Shared Basins: Are we ready for a Water Treaty with Afghanistan?

The transboundary Kabul River Basin is a shared lifeline for both Afghanistan and the north-western regions of Pakistan. Its centrality for the two countries makes it an extremely important shared resource. Therefore development and management of Kabul River waters is a decisive factor in achieving regional economic growth, food security, alleviating poverty, energy security, and providing a safe and stable supply of water. However, due to restricted political relationship, the river is left orphan with little to no collaboration by the riparian countries and without consideration of an integrated basin-wide approach. While there is a need for establishing a water treaty between the two countries on governance of the Basin's water, our current understanding is marred by technical, socio-economic, and legal challenges and limitations.

LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session on this important topic as part of its LEADING Perspectives series. Mr. Ahmad Rafay Alam, a renowned environmental lawyer, will provide an understanding of regional and international laws governing shared basins and how they can be translated into developing an outline for the legal framework of governing the waters of the Kabul River Basin.

LEADING Perspectives aims to bring together a diverse set of expertise to accelerate the thought process. The talk will take on the challenge of generating informed, pluralistic, and multi-sectoral analysis and propose options for consideration by all concerned stakeholders in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


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Start Date:09/19/2017
End Date:09/19/2017
Last Date for Registration:09/18/2017
Venue:LEAD House