WWF-LUMS ink agreement to address water crisis

WWF-LUMS ink agreement to address water crisis

PESHAWAR: World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) and Centre of Water Informatics and Technology (WIT) of Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) signed an MoU to create responsible strategies and work towards increasing water security and stewardship in the country.

According to a press release issued here on Thursday, the agreement was signed by Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General WWF-Pakistan and Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Rector LUMS; in the presence of Syed Babar Ali, President Emeritus WWF-Pakistan.

The MoU forges a partnership of two years between the organisation and the institute, starting from April 2017 and ending in December 2019.

Hammad Naqi Khan, speaking on the occasion said, "It is a matter of great pleasure, that two leading organisations are forging a collaboration for research and knowledge sharing in the field of conservation.

WWF-Pakistan believes that water resources should be managed intelligently and through the organisation's Freshwater programme, promote sustainable development and efficient use of water.

I am optimistic that the collaboration between WWF-Pakistan, a science-based organisation, and LUMS, as a resource base of global expertise, will explore new avenues together regarding water conservation and will introduce best water practices through result-driven initiatives, Hammad Naqi added.

Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector LUMS, expressed his pleasure on becoming part of the noble mission of conservation.

“I welcome this opportunity, of WWF-Pakistan and LUMS coming together, to address the water woes of the country. Our institute offers its vast resource base in terms of students and youth to become torchbearers of reforms in the field of environmental conservation.”

According to the MoU, WWF-Pakistan will extend opportunities of collaboration in water stewardship and water security issues pertaining to agriculture, habitats, and engagement in the Indus basin.

Furthermore, the organisation will collaborate with LUMS in initiatives regarding policy level advocacy, floodplain and disaster management, and the possibility to implement studies conducted to ensure environmental flows in all rivers across all provinces of Pakistan. This collaboration is expected to materialise over the period of time to build on WWF-Pakistan’s existing knowledge of Water Stewardship and Security, and to further extend the concept in industries, multinational corporations, the legal fraternity, academia and NGOs. (APP)