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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

News: With Kabul River flows controversy

Project Activities


Pakistan Policy Dialogue

Kabul River Consultation

Second Stakeholder Meeting, Dubai

Summary report of Kabul River Basin Policy Dialogue

Second National Consultation

Event Updates

Are we ready for a Water Treaty with Afghanistan- Understanding the Laws Governing Kabul River Basin

Managing Shared River Basins - Benefit Sharing for Kabul River

Managing Shared Basins – Integrated Basin-wide Approaches to the Management of Kabul River - Challenges and Opportunities

Managing Water Inside and Out Practical Aspects of Transboundary Water

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

Is the Columbia River Treaty Experience Relevant for Benefit- Sharing on the Kabul River Basin

Is the Murray Darling Basin Success Relevant and Beneficial to Indus Basin

Lessons for Pakistan from Turkey-Armenia Water Agreement


Other Details

Start Date:02/29/2016
End Date:03/31/2019
Funded by:USAID


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