Improving sustainable management of groundwater resources in Pakistan. 27. Abstract from Research for a Changing World, ILWS Conference 2020, Charles Sturt University, Australia: groundwater management

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Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan
Michael Mitchell1, Jehangir F. Punthakey1, Catherine Allan1, Richard J. Culas1, Mobushir R. Khan1, Faizan ul Hasan2, Muhammad Ashfaq3, Irfan A. Baig4, Syed M. Khair5, Abdul Rashid6, Farooq Ahmed7, Saira Akhtar3, Asghar Ali3, Ghulam Zakir Hassan1,8, Tehmina Mangan9, A. Latif Qureshi10, Aurangzeb Memon11, Mustafa Nangraj12

1Institute of Land Water and Society, Charles Sturt University
2Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources
3University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
4Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, Multan
5Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering & Management Sciences
6Balochistan Agriculture and Cooperatives Department
7Balochistan Irrigation Department
8Punjab Irrigation Department
9Sindh Agriculture University
10Mehran University of Engineering & Technology
11Sindh Irrigation Department
12Sindh Agriculture, Supply and Prices Department

Pakistan’s 210 million people rely heavily on agriculture, which accounts for over 90 percent of the country’s water consumption. Development, climate change and population growth is putting pressure on water supplies. Surface water supply is highly variable, and dependence on groundwater has rapidly increased. Continuous decline in groundwater quantity and quality is undermining livelihoods, especially of poor smallholder farming families. Collaboration among people with an interest in water, agriculture and human dignity is needed to rapidly address the challenge of pursuing productive and sustainable groundwater use. Our ACIAR funded project is part of the Australia Water Program in Pakistan. It aims to encourage and enable collaboration to address the complexity of achieving effective and fair groundwater management and uses six in-depth case studies across three provinces in Pakistan. Through a focus on partnerships, it is building capacity of researchers, farmers, farming communities and relevant government and non-government agencies. Building capacity means building skills, knowledge, networks, and confidence. As we reach the end of the project we see that partnerships are consolidating. For example, provincial agencies, universities, and other partners are collaborating to investigate social, economic, and technical aspects of groundwater management in each case study. Stakeholder forums have been established with all six case study communities to co-design research interventions, with representation from relevant government and non-government organizations, farmers’ organizations, and progressive farmers. The stakeholder forums are beginning to comment on outputs and guide research and extension. Small steps maybe, but steps toward working together for a fairer future.


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2020
EventILWS Conference 2020, Charles Sturt University, Australia - ILWS- Charles Sturt University , Online , Australia
Duration: 26 Nov 202027 Nov 2020
https://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/engagement/events/ilws-conference-2020ILWS

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ConferenceILWS Conference 2020, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Abbreviated titleResearch for a Changing World,
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityOnline
Period26/11/2027/11/20
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