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Integrated Basin-wide Approaches to the Management of Kabul River: Challenges & Opportunities

Afghanistan and Pakistan share historic ethnic, religious, linguistic, and cultural affinities. Pakistan provides indispensable access to the sea to landlocked Afghanistan and is its largest trading partner. In addition, Pakistan host several million Afghan refugees, while the Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Council serves to promote enhanced economic cooperation between the two countries.

Despite these positive ongoing efforts, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been unable to reach the full potential of mutually beneficial cooperation, including cooperative development, management and utilization of the transboundary Kabul River Basin (KRB). The KRB is critical for meeting the drinking water, electricity, and irrigation needs of both countries, and there are considerable benefits to cooperation. Yet, efforts to promote dialogue and cooperation are likely to face several hurdles. A successful dialogue depends on several factors, such as political commitment from Pakistani and Afghan leaders, relevant actions by senior officials, and knowledge sharing by think tanks, research and academic institutes in the respective countries.


LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session on Integrated Basin-wide Approaches to the Management of Kabul River: Challenges & Opportunities” as part of its LEADING Perspectives series on Managing Shared Basins. During the session, Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel will discuss and share insights from his January 2018 research paper, titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing an Integrated Basin-wide Approach to the Management of Kabul River Waters”. LEADING Perspectives aims to bring together a diverse set of experts to accelerate the thought process on pressing water and environmental issues. This session will take on the challenge of generating an informed, pluralistic and multi-sectoral analysis to propose options for consideration by all concerned stakeholders.

Speaker Profile

After serving as a member of Pakistan’s Foreign Service (1969-1998), Ambassador Kakakhel joined the UN in 1998 as Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He was responsible for the development and implementation of UNEP’s global program and coordination of the work of the Organization’s global policies. Since his retirement and return to Pakistan, Ambassador Kakakhel has been actively engaged in efforts to promote sustainable development and climate change policies. He serves on the governing panels of several official and civil society organizations. He has written and lectured extensively on Pakistan’s environmental and water- related challenges. He has also contributed to efforts to promote cooperation between Pakistan and India on climate change and transboundary waters. Ambassador Kakakhel is currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Governors of one of Pakistan’s leading think tanks, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, in Islamabad.


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Start Date:02/07/2018
End Date:02/07/2018
Last Date for Registration:02/06/2018
Venue:LEAD Pakistan


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