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Building Pakistan’s Resilience to Climate Change through Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Integrated Flood Risk Management

Recharge Pakistan

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Project Outline


By 2050, ecosystem-based adaptation contributes towards better climate resilience, water and food security, and sustainable livelihoods in Pakistan


By 2030, the reduction of flood risk and enhanced water recharge at six sites in the Indus Basin, building resilience of 10 million people and vulnerable ecosystems


  • Ecosystem-based adaptation for integrated flood risk management
  • Enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate change
  • Enabling a paradigm shift towards ecosystem-based adaptation in Pakistan

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Project Brief

The Indus River is Pakistan’s lifeline and is now experiencing catastrophic floods and droughts exacerbated by climate change. Pakistan relies on costly hard-infrastructure, flood and water management measures with limited efficacy. This project will build Pakistan’s climate resilience and water security through cost-effective ecosystem-based adaptation.

Recharge Pakistan will increase water storage and recharge through wetlands, floodplains, and hill-torrents management; promote climate-adapted community-based natural resource management and livelihoods, and forge a paradigm shift to scale up this approach. This project unifies several government entities in an unprecedented collaboration with WWF-Pakistan to effect nature-based solutions for crucial climate change adaptation in Pakistan.


Flooding is increasing in intensity and frequency in the Indus Basin, with large numbers of vulnerable people being adversely affected. Moreover, the capacity of existing grey infrastructure to manage the flood volumes is limited, resulting in serious humanitarian and economic impacts. Integrated flood risk management is now a key national priority for the government of Pakistan. The project proposes to undertake ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) interventions that will store flood water in wetlands, floodplains and depressions (green infrastructure) at several priority sites, build the resilience of communities at these sites, and enable the government of Pakistan and relevant stakeholders to implement and replicate EBA work, providing a cumulative, no-regrets approach to building climate change resilience.

To ensure that the EBA interventions are sustained and continue to function effectively, the project will ensure that climate-adapted, community-based natural resource management is implemented locally. Thus, this project will contribute towards improving water and food security at a national level, and climate-adapted livelihoods locally, increasing resilience through the protection and restoration of ecosystems and building the climate resilience of vulnerable communities in the Indus Basin.

Proposed Implementation Structure

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