Pakistan eyes water treaty with Afghanistan

Kabul RiverPESHAWAR: Pakistan is exploring the possibility of signing a water treaty with Afghanistan to promote integrated watershed management.

Ecological conservation practices in uphill watersheds is part of the plan to safeguard Pakistan’s rights on trans-border water inflows according to international norms.

According to a report in The News International, the Climate Change Ministry will focus on efforts to protect the glaciers by declaring them as ‘protected areas’ through agreements among countries sharing the Himalayan region.

Provinces will be asked to protect groundwater through technical measures such as regulatory frameworks, water licencing, slow-action dams adoption of integrated water resource management concepts.

By S. Muddasir Ali Shah

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