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Water Policy in Pakistan

Issues and Options

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  • © 2023


  • Offers alternate solutions to water management issues and improves water governance
  • Discusses the importance of moving from pilot projects to implementation
  • Highlights that solutions to water issues lie in areas such as agriculture, population, economy

Part of the book series: Global Issues in Water Policy (GLOB, volume 30)

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About this book

The water policy issues are well- documented in a large set of reports and studies, completed over time showing that the policy prescription and its implementation has been weak in the past as this  book reveals. The key reforms initiated were lost due to a lack of government’s will and commitment and more so by pervasive political economy of water. Given this background, each chapter in the book follows a balanced approach in seeking and evaluating alternate solutions to water management issues, especially improvements in water governance and tackling new challenges emerging from the climate change in the short and long term. This approach underpins the importance of moving from the culture of piloting projects to actual implementation on an impact-oriented scale. The book would also highlight that most of the water solutions lie outside the water sector such as agriculture, population, economy, etc. Post COVID-19 policies are exploring new food-health nexus that calls for naturebased solutions for our future agriculture growth. The book would show case pioneer work underway in Pakistan on  how new policy  discourse  can reduce water use in agriculture without investing in expensive water technology and infrastructure, thus saving  enough water  for  other  competing  purposes. 


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Part I

  2. Part II

  3. Part III

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan

    Mahmood Ahmad

About the editor

Dr. Mahmood Ahmad, Ph.D. Conducted nearly two dozen professional and management development training programs over the years in the area of project and policy analysis, value chain development and environmental economics. Leading a number of policy-oriented studies/projects on agriculture and water policy themes. Demonstrated leadership skills with proven track record of success in supporting developing countries in capacity building, policy advise and providing vision and strategic direction

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