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Talk16 on The Columbia River Treaty as a Blueprint for Mutual Benefit-Sharing between Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Columbia River, shared by the U.S. and Canada, is the fourth largest river in North America based on annual flows. It also generates more hydropower than any other river basin in the continent. Beginning in the 1940s, officials from the U.S. and Canada began collaborative efforts to seek a joint solution to flooding in their respective countries and to generate additional hydropower. This initiative took shape in the form of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT), an international agreement on joint water resources infrastructure development and regulation of the Columbia River Basin. The Treaty was signed in 1961 and implemented in 1964. At the time, it offered a unique arrangement for mutual benefit-sharing. Thus, it could potentially serve as a "blueprint" for mutual benefit-sharing between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This talk will explore the relevance of the CRT in negotiating a mutual benefit-sharing agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan, keeping in mind challenges such as climate change and its impacts.

LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session on “The Columbia River Treaty as a Blueprint for Mutual Benefit-Sharing between Afghanistan and Pakistan” as part of its LEADING Perspectives series on Managing Shared Basins. The guest speaker for this session is William Doan, P.E. During this session, he will discuss various aspects of the CRT and how it might serve as a guide for formulating a similar treaty on 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.

Speaker's Profile
William Doan has several decades of experience in the water sector performing complex hydrologic analyses of large river basins and reservoir systems and designed numerous dams and reservoirs. Bill has also served as Senior Water Resources Manager at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division, and was the lead scientist on an inter-agency climate change adaptation study, which involved complex statistical analyses of existing and future climate change impacts on the largest reservoir system in the U.S. Bill is currently the Senior Water Resources Engineer at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. He is working with Pakistan's Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Climate Change as well as Provincial Irrigation Departments to provide Pakistan with state-of-the-art tools and technologies to aid in the advancement of water resources development, real-time water management, and climate change adaptation in Pakistan. Previously, he served as an adviser to Afghanistan's Ministry of Energy and Water, where he led water resources development, transboundary water agreements, international donor coordination and development of a complex multi-purpose reservoir simulation model that guided investment decisions for over 500 potential multi-purpose dams.

For in person registration, visit www.lead.org.pk/talks

You can also participate in the talk online. Visit www.lead.org.pk/webinar

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Start Date:05/10/2018
End Date:05/10/2018
Last Date for Registration:05/09/2018
Venue:LEAD Pakistan


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