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Understanding Water-CC Challenge and Policy Options on the Afghan-Pak Transboundary Kabul River

Under USAID’s Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, LEAD Pakistan is conducting a research study on “Understanding our Joint Water-Climate Change Challenge and Exploring Policy Options for Cooperation on the Afghan-Pak Transboundary Kabul River Basin”. This is a multi-country and multi-year project where LEAD Pakistan will be leading a consortium of the following partners:

  • Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD)
  • Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC)
  • Institute of Geographical Information Systems, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
  • Multiple experts and stakeholders from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Scientists from NASA and University of California, Irvine will also be working with the consortium for this major research undertaking.

The project will be completed in two phases: Phase 1 will focus on the scientific study and Phase 2 will focus in policy and practice. The major activities of the research project are as follows:

  1. Mapping the current status of surface water availability and river flow/discharge in the transboundary Kabul River Basin; including future demands and competing uses of Kabul River Basin waters.
  2. Studying the projected impact of climate change on the Kabul River Basin waters through changes in glacial melt, snow melt, rainfall and temperature.
  3. Exploring possible avenues of cooperation and mutually beneficial uses for both Afghanistan and Pakistan policy makers, based on the concept of benefit sharing on the transboundary waters of Kabul River basin.
  4. Proposing an integrated basin wide approach to guide policy making in the management, governance and development of the transboundary Kabul River.

Click here for project brochure.

Blog: Understanding the Laws Governing Kabul River Basin

Project Activities

Pak-Afghan Stakeholders Consultation on Kabul River Basin, Kazakhstan

National Consultation on 'Pakistan at Global Warming of 1.5°C – 2 °C: Capturing Opportunities and Managing Challenges'