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Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries of the world with average per capita water availability of 964 m3 per annum. Scientific studies suggest that Pakistan is undergoing depletion of ground-water resources, thus adding to climate change induced vulnerabilities of millions of people who are already affected by lack of water, food, health services and energy security. In cities, the water quality and quantity issues also continue to remain unaddressed. 


What do we aim to achieve? 

The Australian best practices pertaining to urban water management are acknowledged globally. The APWASI aims to tailor, adopt and demonstrate the Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) approach in the context of Pakistan so that all the challenges, hurdles and successes identified from this project could serve as a guide for future replication and upscaling in Pakistan and other developing countries.

Through this project, WWF-Pakistan is: 

  • Improving access to safe water and sanitation services for two disadvantaged communities 
  • Ensuring community resilience to climate change and other water related shocks
  • Building capacity of key stakeholders about water use and conservation

Australian - Pakistan Water Security Initiative (APWASI) is a four year (2021-2025) Australian Aid funded project that aims to strengthen cooperation between Australia and Pakistan on urban water resources management. WWF-Pakistan is the main implementing partner of the project and other collaborating partners are the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Hydrology and Risk Consulting (HARC). 

What does it mean to be Water Sensitive?

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WWF-Pakistan is demonstrating the project in two disadvantaged communities of the twin cities. The sites are Farash Town, Islamabad and James Town, Rawalpindi