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Talk15 on Inland Navigation - An Instrument of Peace and Prosperity in Shared Basins

Historians attribute the integration and unification of China to the Grand Canal - an inland navigation channel connecting north and south, developed 2,500 years ago, by linking five major rivers including Yellow and Yangtze. Erie Canal was built in USA in 1825 to provide inland navigation access from the port of New York to the mid-west. Erie Canal is said to have strengthened the union and kept them together during the Civil War. In Europe, transboundary rivers are extensively used for inland navigation and considered the backbone of unity and peace within the European Union. In a 1921 Treaty between the British Raj and Afghanistan, Afghanistan agreed to allow the British to use Kabul River for navigation. Kabul River still maintains its navigation potential to facilitate trade and commerce within the Basin. It can potentially serve as an instrument of peace while devising a Kabul River Basin sharing formula between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This talk builds a case taking into account historical, social, economic and technical dimensions involved in the process.

LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session on 'Inland Navigation - An Instrument of Peace and Prosperity in Shared Basins' as part of its LEADING Perspectives series on Managing Shared Basins. The guest speaker for this session is Dr. Hassan Abbas. During this session, he will explore river navigation (at least in the current day discussions), which is of mutual benefit to both Pakistan and Afghanistan in terms of reaching lasting peace and prosperity within the benefit sharing framework of the Kabul River Basin.

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.


Dr Hassan Abbas holds a PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources from Michigan State University, USA; a Masters in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management from University of Technology Sydney, Australia; and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from MCE, Pakistan. He has 28 years of experience spanning seven different countries as well as international territories near the North Pole. His diversity in water resources management ranges from the driest deserts of Australia to the wettest basins of the Great Lakes in North America, and, all the way to the glaciated regions of the Svalbard archipelago. His research interests in Pakistan are focused around building integrated water economy models combining irrigation efficiency, environmental regeneration, intrinsic value of water, and, inland navigation in Indus and its tributaries.

For details, visit www.lead.org.pk/talks. For registration, send an email to Ms Sofia Ahmad at sahmad@lead.org.pk


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Start Date:04/04/2018
End Date:04/04/2018
Last Date for Registration:04/03/2018
Venue:LEAD Office