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SDPI Report Launch/Consultation on Indus River Basin

Feb 27

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Grand Regency Hotel, Islamabad

Note: You may also watch live
streaming of the event at

Entry is open to all. 

(Concept Note)

The report by the Indus Working Group
represents the outcome of a Pakistan-India Track-II project for which SDPI
partnered with the Stimson Center, Washington DC. Under this, a working group
has been formed comprising 25 experts of various disciplines and retired
diplomats for discussing cooperation between the relevant organisations and
institutions of India and Pakistan on the Indus River Basin. It seeks to build
mutual understanding between Indian and Pakistani decisions-makers of the
common water risks they confront in the Indus Basin.

group met twice – in Kathmandu in June 2011 and Bangkok in December 2012. Based
on the views expressed by members of the group, Stimson Center has produced a
report containing a number of recommendations for consideration by the policy
makers and other stakeholders of the two countries.
The formal launches of this
report titled “
CONNECTING THE DROPS: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research,
Data Sharing, and Policy Coordination”
planned in New Delhi and Islamabad with a view to disseminating its contents among
the relevant stakeholders.


  • Mr Shams-ul-Mulk, Former
    Chief Minister, NWFP and Chairman WAPDA
  • Ambassador (Retd) Shafqat
    Former UN Assistant Secretary
    General and Member Board of Governors, SDPI
  • Mr David Michel, Research
    Associate and Director Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center,
    Washington DC, USA
  • Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, University
    of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • Mr Khalid
    Mohtadullah Country Director, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • Mr Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Senior Research Associate,
    Climate Change Study Centre, SDPI