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Shrinking Glaciers In Indus Basin

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a look at complexities arising from shrinking glaciers on the Indus headwaters: SUMMARY Many of the world’s most iconic river systems – the Mekong, Indus, Yangtze – are fed by glaciers that both supply and modulate their water flow. Now these glaciers are melting due to climate change, threatening irrigation systems, electricity […]

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The Parched Tiger: Fears of a “Water War” Between India and Pakistan are Overstated

Via Future Directions International, commentary on rising Hopes that tensions between India and Pakistan over the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) might be easing were thrown into doubt, following a terrorist attack in Kashmir last month. Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 40 Indian soldiers. In response, India launched air raids, targeting […]

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The Start Of A Thaw In Indus Water Tensions?

Via Future Directions International, an article on a Pakistani delegation’s visit to Indian dam sites: In January, a Pakistani delegation undertook a tour of the Chenab Basin, to inspect Indian hydroelectric projects, including the Baglihar Dam. The delegation also inspected the Lower Kanai and Pakal Dal projects, both of which are currently under construction on the Chenab River. Pakistan […]

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The Indus: A River Of Growing Disasters

Via Third Pole.net, a look at a new report on the threats that glacier retreat will pose to the Indus basin, particularly vulnerable due to a combination of conflict and mismanaged development: Extent and impact of flood disasters in river basins originating in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region from 2010-14 The International Centre for Integrated Mountain […]

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Pakistan: Water Theft Drains Indus Canals Dry

Courtesy of The Third Pole, a report on how rampant theft from Pakistan’s irrigation canals, in collusion with influential politicians and the military, means farmers downstream can no longer grow crops: Bilal Israel Khan has 500 acres of land in Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan district of Pakistan’s Punjab province bordering Sindh. Farming since 1972, he […]

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Indus Divided: Can India And Pakistan Cooperate On Water?

Via Third Pole, an article on India and Pakistan’s tension over water: In 2010 an organisation I was working with held a conference on water issues. The rhetoric on the Indus was being tapped by militant organisations, and it was in the interest of both India and Pakistan to encourage some dialogue on the issues […]

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