Talk38 Impact of Climate Change on Water Quality: A case study of the Kabul River Basin

Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Abstract

Critical gaps have emerged in assessment of the surface and groundwater availability at the national level, especially the long-term averages and future projections. Climate change impacts studies conducted so far are diverse in projections and incomplete in nature. The actual water uses in agriculture and other sectors are heavily under-estimated and increase in unaccounted water use is not understood because of the existing water accounting system and the current approach for projecting water data. LEAD Pakistan is hosting an interactive session on Implications of incomplete Hydrological and Climatological Profile of the Indus Basin for Transboundary and National Water Resources Management as part of its series on Managing Shared Basins. The guest speaker, Dr. Zaigham Habib, will highlight the inaccuracies in current water-resources projects and consequences for planned interventions. Considering the socio-economic conditions and increasing water stress, the country cannot afford prolonged experimentations in the water sector.

Dr. Zaigham Habib is a researcher and development consultant in water, irrigated agriculture and climate change sectors. She has worked for various National and International organizations, including Planning Commission of Pakistan, FAO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the International Water Management Institute. Zaigham has a Ph.D. in the Basin Level water Resources management from the ENGREF France. Her recent work includes assessment of long-term climate change impacts on the sectoral water demands of Pakistan, comparative analysis of the provincial water-governance, review of climate change impact on its water resources and assessment of water scarcity across the Indus Basin using a water-balance approach.

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