Experts fear Indus to be in jeopardy.

ISLAMABAD -- Experts at a day-long conference on Monday warned that the mighty Indus might run dry or reduced to just a seasonal river if the glaciers in the upcountry areas continued to melt at a faster pace that could put lives of over 240 million people in jeopardy.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI-Pakistan) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organised a comprehensive workshop and panel discussion titled 'Climate Change: Implications for the Water Sector'.

During the panel discussion, the experts told the participants, including experts, academia, researchers, students and the media, that the water availability was not an issue for Pakistan rather its governance and conservation was highly significant.

The weather patterns and rain spells were shifting and increasing in magnitude that provided a potential opportunity to embrace rainwater harvesting, and preservation as an alternate to urban flooding and water scarcity to recharge groundwater aquifer, they added.

In his opening remarks, Dr Azeem Ali Shah, head of the Water Management for Enhanced Productivity (WMfEP) initiative at the IWMI, highlighted the achievements and challenges associated with water governance and productivity initiatives in the region.

Muhammad Nawaz, the development specialist at the USAID-Pakistan, emphasised that the policy frameworks and legislation intended to address water and climate change issues should be based on scientific evidences and thorough studies, otherwise it would be shooting in the dark.

'In 2022, initially temperature shoot up and suddenly dropped resulting in heavy downpour that was 87% heavier than country's average rainfall. These abrupt changes refer to climate change,' Nawaz added.

During the panel discussion, IWMI researcher Dr Novaira Junaid said that Pakistan's...

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