Water security is a major – and often growing –challenge for many countries today and by 2025, about 1.8 billion people will be living in regions or countries with absolute water scarcity. Climate change will worsen the situation by altering hydrological cycles, making water more unpredictable and increasing the frequency and intensity of floods and droughts.
A recent study indicates an available supply of water of little more than 1,000 m³ per person, which puts Pakistan in the category of a high stress country. Like elsewhere in the world, in view of growing population, urbanization and increased industrialization, the situation is likely to get worse.
Nevertheless, excessive mining of groundwater goes on and espite a lowering water table, the uncontrolled extraction of the groundwater resources is making the situation worst. In addition, increasing pollution and saltwater intrusion threaten the country’s water resources as about 36% of the groundwater is classified as highly saline in Pakistan.
In the wake of depleting natural water resources, CHEF International has been implementing following projects and programmes for the water resources management in Pakistan;
- CHEF International has implemented an integrated water resources management project for the newly-merged District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with UNICEF.
- CHEF International is also the part of the Development of Ecosystem Restoration Alliance in collaboration with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and MoCC. The major focus of this intervention is to promote the nature- based solutions for ecosystem restoration.
- In collaboration with Shell Pakistan, CHEF International has also working of the development of carbon sequestration from mangroves in the coastal area of Sindh.
- It has also worked on the constructed wet lands as a pilot project to assess the impact on the local habitats with collaboration with the Plan International, Pakistan.
- CHEF International has also been working on IKI initiative of one health in consortium with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Care International and DAI, focusing on the restoration of the biodiversity and intervention for protected areas under the multi-country grant for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- CHEF has also been developing the technical action plan for ground water recharge and rain water harvesting for Balochistan with CTCN and MoCC.