Japan Govt. ready to support Pakistan for Eco-Watershed Mitigation to Floods and Drought. H.E. Mr. Takashi Kuai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan.
This project will contribute to foster floods and droughts management capacities of the country.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar, Chairman, PARC
Islamabad (02nd May, 2018)…….UNESCO and SAWCRI jointly organized a two-day international workshop in Islamabad which aimed to share the common integrated flood and drought management issues and to introduce eco-watershed management practices for collective community action.
At the opening session of the workshop, H.E. Mr. Takashi Kuai, Ambassador Extraordinary andPlenipotentiary of Japan to Pakistan commended UNESCO’s role in strengthening flood early warning capacity of Pakistan, and also appreciated technical advancement made by all the partner agencies. In his remarks, he said water related disasters cover about 80% of the total disasters and Japan is one of the countries which frequently suffer from such disasters – and then Japan share the experience learned on how to mitigate with these disasters with other countries – including Pakistan.
Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in his welcomeremarks thanked the Japanese ambassador and government of Japan for extending generous financialand technical support for the Project. He mentioned that UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program(IHP) is one of the largest intergovernmental program in the world, which has more than 160 countriesbeing part of IHP. Before this project started, there were lots of technical gaps in the flood early warningsystem in upper Indus catchment as we did not had full understanding of our catchment, we did not hadrequired hydro-meteorological data, and as well as there were not many trained professionals for GIS/RSbased flood modeling.
Dr. AbidMehmood, Director General (Research), Punjab Agriculture Department, expressed gratitude toUNESCO, and in particular to Dr. Shahbaz Khan for building capacity of SAWCRI in the fields of watershedmanagement and eco-hydrology. He said that watershed management technique being used by SAWCRIto save the water from origin, hence reducing the runoff, will have manifold benefits, not only in DRR butalso to get good yield from harvests.
Mr. Yasuhiro TOJO, Chief Representative of JICA said that climate change is recognized as one of themost serious challenge being faced by humans. According to Global Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is oneof the ten countries most affected by extreme weather events during 1995-2014.
Speaking at this occasion, Mr. Ahmad Kamal, Chairman Federal Flood Commission, recalled the missionof experts from UNESCO in the aftermath of 2010 flood, and signing of the project between UNESCO andGovernment of Pakistan afterwards – he stated that now we are harvesting fruits of this 7 years long project,and commended efforts of UNESCO to strengthen the flood management system of Pakistan.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I., Chairman PARC much admired the efforts of SAWCRI and UNESCO, and showed faith inPakistani professionals to do wonders in the watershed management and agriculture disciplines. He hopedthat the project will contribute to foster floods and droughts management capacities of the country.
Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Director SAWCRI delivered the vote of thanks and applauded leadership of UNESCOand JICA. He stated that the SAWCRI will be working on green school program with technical support ofUNESCO and he further said that this green school initiative will become a model for all the relevantstakeholders in Pakistan.
Director (PR&P) PARC
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SC&P) NARC