While the government and its various agencies talk of water, there is no clear leadership or “ownership” exhibited by them in pushing this agenda to the forefront of national priorities. The civil society and the private sector also lag behind on making appropriate water management a high priority. Pakistan does not have an agreed water policy to guide water management and conservation, resulting in inconsistent and ad hoc handling of water systems and operations across the country, mediated largely by power play among entrenched interests.
Today there is no formal multi-stakeholder platform on rational use of water to collaborate and develop joint approaches for overcoming water challenges.
Following its international conference held in December 2013, “Water Cooperation in Action – From the Global to the Grassroots” and issuance of Karachi Declaration on Water Initiatives 2013, Hisaar Foundation has developed a three-pronged approach to move forward: a Think Tank on the Rational Use of Water, a Universities for Water Network and a draft water policy for the consideration of the government.
The main purpose of the Think Tank is to provide national leadership in Pakistan on the crucial issue of promoting the rational use of water, its improved management and providing policy directions.
Establish a national forum for discourse on rational use of water
Develop and present water policy alternatives as an aid to the government to come up with a comprehensive and viable water policy for Pakistan
Bring together creative minds from across development and corporate sectors to work with water experts for deliberations on key water issues and solutions
Carry out advocacy and networking for rational use of water at the highest levels of government, civil society and the corporate sector
Provide guidance to Pakistani universities (through Hisaar Foundation’s Universities For Water Network)