Islamabad (26th December, 2017)….. Pakistan’s principal natural resources are Land and Water. The most pertinent initiatives regarding food security implementation by Govt. of Pakistan are “PM’s Pakistan Greening and Zero Hunger Program”, said by Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Federal Secretary for M/o National Food Security & Research on the occasion of inaugural session for inception cum training workshop on “Improving Skills on Sustainable Watershed Management Practices in South Asia”. The main objective of the project is Capacity building of professionals on improved site specific technologies for promoting sustainable watersheds according to climate change scenarios of Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Federal Secretary for M/o National Food Security & Research in his augural address, welcomed all the distinguished guests specially from Nepal and Sri Lanka and said that training Workshop on “Improving skills for promoting sustainable watershed management practices in South Asia” will be a source of effective skill development on improved watershed management practices, strengthening regional linkages, especially with Nepal and Sri Lanka. He further expressed his pleasure that this project is focused on sustainable watershed management practices which will ultimately increase the farming community resilience to climate change through stimulated adoption of improved practices. He also appreciated the international participants from Nepal and Sri Lanka for their interest in sustainable watershed management interventions and grateful to Asia Pacific Network (APN), Japan for providing us financial resources for this important project.
While addressing to the participants, Dr. Yusuf Zafar, T.I, Chairman, PARC said that Pakistan is fast becoming a water–scarce country due to many reasons such as climate change induced risks, improper water management at all levels, rapid population growth rate and urbanization. Water is not only required for agriculture but also for domestic, industrial and even for ecological environment. So addressing real challenges for our water resources is important for assuring sustainable growth in our economy. PARC being an apex agricultural R&D body of Pakistan fully realizes the significance of technological advancements in in water sector for improved land and water productivity as well as human resource development for effective utilization of such technologies. He further added that PARC / CAEWRI has envisaged both technological demonstrations to improve overall water productivity, watershed sustainability and more importantly on human resource development aspect to make efficient use of advanced water-smart technologies. He also added that this project is another example of our continued efforts for improving skills on sustainable watershed management practices in South Asia. He also thanked collaborators from Nepal and Sri Lanka including Asia Pacific Network (APN) for providing financial resources for conducting training program.
Dr. Amir Muhammad Ex-Chairman, PARC and SPG member of APN said that Climate change is severely impacting the socio economic conditions of small watershed communities in South Asia. PARC displayed a key role for improving the rainwater harvesting and its efficient utilizing for profitable agriculture in rain fed areas. PARC efforts for coordination with regional friendly countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka in South Asia on promoting climate resilient practices in the region are appreciable.Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Executive Director GCISC and distinguished delegates form Nepal and Sri. Lanka were also addressee of the event and expressed their views on the objectives and outcomes of the project.
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SI&P), NARC