Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: $2,050,000 (cash)
CSU: $100,000 (cash) plus $541,330 (in-kind contribution)
Other partners: $656,689 (in-kind contributions)
Total $2,150,000 plus $1,198,019 in-kind
Professor Max Finlayson (Project Director), Institute Adjunct Professor Jay Punthakey, Dr Michael Mitchell, Dr Richard Culas, and Associate Professor Catherine Allan
Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR); University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF); PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (UAAR); Sindh Agriculture University (SAU); Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET); NED University of Engineering & Technology (NED); Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering & Management Sciences (BUITEMS); Punjab Irrigation Department (PID); Sindh Irrigation Department (SID); Balochistan Irrigation & Power Department (BID); International Waterlogging & Salinity Research Institute (IWASRI); and International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
This project is a step toward more effective groundwater use for social, economic and environmental benefits in Pakistan, a country whose population of over 180 million relieves heavily on agriculture. Around 95% of the country's water consumption is for agriculture and the pressure on available resources is increasing.
Surface water supply is highly variable and dependence on groundwater has rapidly increased with over one million tubewells in use. Most are owned by private farmers. Continuous decline in groundwater levels and spread of salinization is rendering fertile lands unusable and undermining livelihoods. Groundwater over-extraction is being exacerbated by increased cropping intensity to meet food security need, electricity subsidisation, inefficient irrigation practices, and a deficient regulatory and policy framework.
The core of this project is collaboration through partnerships to address the complexity of achieving effective, fair groundwater management. It aims to build the capacity of researchers, farmers, farming communities and relevant government and non-government agencies to improve groundwater management in ways that enhance farming family livelihoods in Pakistan.
The project is designed to provide an enabling environment for communities to participate in the research process and to develop socially acceptable solutions. The three case study locations in different agro-ecological settings are:
The project is one of a suite of collaborative research projects between Australia and Pakistan focused on improving water management.
It is expected that by the end of the four year project that:
Associate Professor Catherine Allan email
Dr Michael Mitchell email
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