Pakistan can be a water-starved country



Drought and water shortages  

by KHAN FARAZ – Peshawar

Sir: According to a media report, the expected increase in population in the country will put tremendous pressure on water supply for households, industry and agriculture. The Federal Minister for Water and Power has said that a combination of global climate change, and waste mismanagement have led to an alarmingly rapid depletion of Pakistan’s water supply.

Under the present situation, in the next six to seven years, Pakistan can be a water-starved country. Also, the Asian Development Bank has reported that Pakistan was on the verge of being classified as a “water scarce” country. At present, Pakistan’s storage capacity is limited to 30 days supply, well below the recommended 100 days for countries with a similar climate.

The country is currently beset with a clear and present danger — the desertification of its agricultural heartland along with a drought. This situation is partially of our own making and partially a result of climate change.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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