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World Bank proposes water management commission

Islamabad, Pakistan: The World Bank has proposed putting in place a mechanism for dispute resolution and joint management of water resources by the two countries with the name of Kabul River Basin (KRB) Management Commission on the pattern of Pakistan-India Permanent Indus Commission 1960.
A USD 3.5 million component of the project would assist dialogue for greater cooperation on utilisation of water and development of a joint system for data collection, verification, analysis, storage and dissemination through GIS and digital elevation model (DEM).
Another USD 2.5 million component aims at development of projects and programmes for multi-sector options on a long-term scenario, combined with economic modelling, climate impact, drought mitigation and other aspects of energy, agriculture and tourism. The entire programme has to be implemented in four years.
Down reported that the bank wants to develop institutional capacity in both countries, particularly Afghanistan, for promotion of greater cooperation and understanding through exchange and sharing of hydro-meteorological data of the KRB between the two countries and development of a management plan using hydrological, hydraulic and economic models.
According to the report, international non-governmental organisations like South Asia Water Initiative (SAWI), Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) and Climate Change Adaptation Fund have already agreed to support the World Bank move.
Source: www.dawn.com