Australian Government supports help Pakistan meet its water challenges

Lahore, May 08, 2015 (PPI-OT): A 2nd five-day training workshop on integrated river system modeling using SOURCE (Australian’s national hydrological modeling platform) was held between the 4th and 8th May at Avari Hotel, Lahore. This workshop was conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on behalf of Australian Government.

These workshops are held in the light of recommendations by the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Water Sector Task Force (WSTF) report. The WSTF report recommends capacity building in Pakistan through implementation of Australian water management technologies in the Indus river system to overcome the water challenge.

The workshop trained 35 of Pakistan’s top water engineers in river system modeling. The participants belonged to key federal, provincial and educational institutions namely WAPDA, PMD, IRSA, Nespak, PCIW, FFC, NARC and PhD students of various universities. The course was opened by Mr. Raqib Khan, Chairman IRSA and concluded with a certificate awarding ceremony. The certificates were distributed among the participants by General Manager Planning and Development WAPDA, Mr. Khan Muhammad Abro.

The officials of Ministry of Water and Power, who were present at the opening ceremony, thanked CSIRO and the Australian Government for this important and much-needed initiative in Pakistan. They highlighted the importance of this project and in particular emphasized the importance of improving flow forecasts in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Khan Muhammad said that current flow forecasting methods need to be improved and that Australia’s expertise in this area could help Pakistan. He pointed out that a better understanding of future inflows would help Pakistan operate its dams efficiently, which will produce better outcomes in terms of agricultural production, hydropower generation, and flood and environmental protection.

He encouraged the collaboration between Pakistan and Australian water experts and expressed confidence that Pakistan will benefit from this partnership. He also highlighted that the current Australian Government initiative is different from other programmes as its supports Pakistan water experts to develop their own Indus river system model to meet the specific needs of Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-99202633
Fax: +92-42-99203144
Cell: +92-333-4458293

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