International Webinar on “Transboundary Water Management: Issues and Conflicts”
CEWRE at UET Lahore Organized an International Webinar on “Transboundary Water Management: Issues and Conflicts”
Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (CEWRE) held an online International Webinar on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Speakers from international and national institutes delivered the talks on Transboundary water management: Issues and Conflicts. More than two hundred delegates from China, Nepal, Scotland, Mexico, UK and Pakistan participated in the online event.
Webinar was started at 11:00 am (PST) with recitation from the “Holy Quran”. While delivering the opening remarks, Prof. Dr. Habib Ur Rahman, Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering, UET, Lahore, Pakistan, highlighted the importance of International Seminar. Dr. Noor Muhammad Khan, Director CEWRE, UET Lahore, Pakistan to presented his talk and explained the transboundary river basins and their management across the globe, and emphasized the need that we should learn from good practices of the world. Dr. Jahanzeb Masood Cheema, Associate Professor at ARID University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan discussed the transboundary waters in water security perspective for Pakistan. Engr. Naseer A. Gillani’s talk was focused on the water as human right and sign of peace. Professor Dr. Shaheen Akhtar from NDU Islamabad explained the Indus water treaty in context of sustainable management of the Indus basin.
Prof. Dr Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Regional Program Manager, ICIMOD, Nepal highlighted the need of regional cooperation through the Upper Indus Basin Network (UIBN). Prof. Dr. Asit K. Biswas, Chief executive, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico, discussed the integrated water resources management and the need of cooperation in Indus basin. He emphasized the need of improved country level water management. Lastly, Engr. Mehr Ali Shah, Head Permanent Commission for Indus Waters, Pakistan explained the Indus Water Treaty in historical perspective and informed the audience of issues and stresses in the context of water sharing between Pakistan and India.
While concluding the webinar Dr. Noor Muhammad Khan summarized the recommendations of the speakers, especially the cooperation, data sharing and need of strong legal frameworks for better management of Transboundary waters in the world and in the region.