Pak­istan at risk of wa­ter scarcity

The Asian Age - - World - SHAFQAT ALI

Pak­istan is at risk of wa­ter scarcity and is among the most af­fected Asian na­tions by ex­treme weather events on ac­count of global cli­mate change.

Wa­ter is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly scarce re­source in Pak­istan.

Re­ports by the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram ( UNDP) and the Pak­istan Coun­cil of Re­search in Wa­ter Re­sources ( PCRWR) warn that the coun­try will reach ab­so­lute wa­ter scarcity by 2025.

In this re­gard, Ad­vi­sor to ■ Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan on Cli­mate Change Ma­lik Amin As­lam said Pak­istan was vul­ner­a­ble to wa­ter prob­lems as there are many as­pects to it; some time Pak­istan has ex­cess of wa­ter, re­sult­ing in floods, and some­times faces short­age be­cause we fail ef­fec­tively.

To over­come all these harms, he said, Pak­istan has to make good wa­ter man­age­ment poli­cies.

"PM ( Im­ran Khan) has al­ready an­nounced the new projects, he said, adding: “Pak­istan is mak­ing a fea­si­bil­ity re­port, which may take al­most six months af­ter which the im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects will be­gin."

How­ever, to make more than one project is nec­es­sary to tackle Pak­istan’s wa­ter crises as cli­mate change is un­pre­dictable, he Pak­istan of wa­ter to store it said.

Not only Pak­istan but also many other coun­tries, es­pe­cially de­vel­op­ing coun­tries are fac­ing pop­u­la­tions econ­omy and en­vi­ron­men­tal needs, in this re­gard PM khan has also an­nounced its al­ter­na­tive poli­cies which will ful­fill these ba­sic de­mands.

These projects in­clude: pro­mot­ing re­new­able en­ergy, en­hanc­ing for­est cover world­wide ex­pand­ing clean and ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­porta­tion, and many more.

Talk­ing about the ben­e­fits of PM Khan’s ini­tia­tives, he said that projects will be help­ful in creat­ing new green jobs.

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