3rd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum
Dr. Jay Sagin, the project Co-PI, participated in the 3rd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum, Austria.
The water resources of the Indus River basin are a key factor in economic development and the livelihoods of the more than 268 million inhabitants, who live in the basin, as well as forming the backbone of environmental integrity of the region. Global changes such as population growth, urbanization, climate change and urbanization, will exacerbate the basin’s already stressed water resources for decades to come.
The series of Indus Basin Knowledge Fora have the primary focus to be a strategic platform for researchers, knowledge providers and other stakeholders working on water-related issues in the Indus basin to share knowledge and explore synergies to further coordination at the basin level. The objective is to facilitate the science/knowledge-policy connect by inviting a wide spectrum of stakeholders to enhance the understanding of national and regional priorities and challenges around the development of the Indus basin.
To continue making progress towards these ends, the 3rd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum had three main activities that will help continue progress science/knowledge and policy together:
- Follow up on the 2nd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum
- Bring together researchers and research funders of water-related work in the Indus basin to facilitate interaction and potential collaboration
- Review the outcomes of a technical workshop for Indus basin scientists to engage in IIASA’s Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy and Lane (ISWEL) project
To accomplish this, the 3rd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum has convene ~100 stakeholders from research, academia, government, foundations and the donor community to actively engage in discussions around scenario development for decision-making in the Indus basin as well as sharing research outcomes with policy makers, as well as with funders to explore potential collaboration to facilitate science and fact-based decision making to advance the sustainable management of the Indus basin.
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