Building Research Capacity to Understand and Adapt to Climate Change in the Indus Basin

The Indus river basin is home to the largest contiguous surface irrigation system in the world. In the summer of 2010, a combination of severe rainfall and unanticipated river flow resulted in a devastating flood, which was compounded by multiple institutional failures in managing the response. The experience highlighted the challenge posed by poor governance, as well as the threat of global environmental change.

This grant will allow a team of researchers led by the Institute of Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) and its Pakistani affiliate (ISET-P) to map key actors in the field, carry out a rapid meta-analysis of the various post-flood situation reports, draw upon secondary data from ISET's work in the region and elsewhere to inform the government's proposed "build back better" program, and conduct stakeholder consultations to understand what happened along a transect in the Indus basin.

The project is expected to result in a better understanding of the causes of the 2010 floods and provide a scientific basis for policymaking to address water governance and management under conditions of climate uncertainty.

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Start Date

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

End Date

Saturday, August 24, 2013


18 months

IDRC Officer

Ahmed, Sara


Pakistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

Project Leader

Mohammad Fawad Khan


Institute for Social and Environmental Transition

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