WWF-Pakistan’s freshwater strategy envisions translating ground level implementation into policy advocacy. For this purpose, our team continuously highlights issues through structured stakeholder conversations and dialogues with the government and policymakers as well as through project driven stakeholder mobilization. As part of our policy and advocacy work, the following efforts have been made:
WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited (CCBPL) has provided safe and secure drinking water to local communities in different cities of the country. Fifteen filtration plants of 2,000 litres/hour capacity each were installed between 2015-2017 in low lying communities of Lahore, and access to safe drinking water for 135,000 individuals was ensured. Four additional water filtration plants of capacity 1,000-2,000 litres/hour each will be installed in the regions of Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan and Tharparkar, which will supply safe drinking water to communities.
Raising Awareness and Capacity of Civil Society on Transboundary Water Issues
The project ‘Raising Awareness and Capacity of Civil Society on Transboundary Water Issues between Pakistan and India’, funded by The Asia Foundation, was a partnership between WWF-Pakistan and South Asian University (SAU), a SAARC funded institute based in India. The project raised awareness and built capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) through exchange of knowledge, information, and good practices on ground and surface transboundary water issues. Both partners mobilized civil society and cross-sectoral stakeholders at state / provincial, national and regional levels through a series of dialogues and workshops. The project followed a need-based bottom-up approach to highlight transboundary water issues at each level of engagement.
As part of its Knowledge Partnership Agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB), WWF-Pakistan provides strategic guidance, as part of steering group membership, on the overall revitalization of Ravi River basin and by developing a strategic framework to manage industrial pollution situation in the basin. The Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Government of Punjab is the executing agency for this project.
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