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PCRWR – UNESCO Collaboratively Organized Two Days Training Program at Bahawalpur

 

 

 

To highlight the issues of Drylands in Pakistan , a two days training course titled, “Management of Dryland Resources” has been organized by Pakistan Council of Research In Water Resources (PCRWR) with the financial assistance of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at PCRWR Regional Office, Bahawalpur on April 7-8th, 2012.

 

About 25 participants including PhD & M. Phil Scholars from Cholistan Institute of Desert Studies (CIDS) and Associate Professors, Department of Geography, The Islamia University Bahawalpur , Cholistan Development Authority, Forest and Agriculture Department were the beneficiaries of this course.

 

During first day, Ch. Muhammad Akram, Director General (PCRWR, Islamabad ), Engr. Rashid Aftab, Director (PCRWR, Islamabad ), Engr. Zamir Ahmed Soomro, Regional Director (PCRWR, Lahore ) and Mr Imtiaz Ahmed, Assistant Professor (The Islamia University, Bahawalpur) has presented research papers to cover-up the various aspects of the topic. On the second day, a field trip was managed for demonstration to participants regarding zooming of Bio-Sphere Reserve and rainwater harvesting technologies introduced by PCRWR at its FRS Dingarh.

 

On the Occasion Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, UNESCO representative highlighted the global issues of drylands. She said” The effects of recent climate change are predicted to worsen this situation. These gloomy situations can be offset by a new breed of innovative interventions that are developed together with communities, which combine traditional, culturally sustainable and modern skill-based knowledge.


Workshop Presentations

1.      DESERTIFICATION PROCESSES, ITS SYMPTOMS AND CONSEQUENCES

2.      INTRODUCTION OF PCRWR’S PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED IN CHOLISTAN DESERT FOR RAINWATER HARVESTING

3.      Water Quality Issues and Interventions

4.      Rainwater Harvesting Technologies and Calculations of the Potential

5.      Biodiversity Monitoring Through Modern Techniques in Cholistan Desert