Indus to become ‘a seasonal river’ by 2050 if glaciers continue melting

At an event co-hosted by IWMI and USAID, experts warn that rapid melting of glaciers in Pakistan's north could turn the Indus River seasonal, endangering 240 million lives.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI-Pakistan), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recently organized a conference addressing the alarming rate of glacier melt in Pakistan’s northern regions. Experts highlighted the potential dire consequences, including the drying up of the Indus River, which could jeopardize the lives of over 240 million people.

During the event, experts emphasized the significance of water governance and conservation, particularly in the face of shifting weather patterns and increased rainfall, suggesting rainwater harvesting as a solution to urban flooding and water scarcity. Discussions also centered on the pressing need for evidence-based policies to address climate change and water-related issues, given Pakistan’s population growth and its impact on global warming. Additionally, experts highlighted the importance of sustainable water management to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG-6) and the potential consequences of neglecting this vital resource.

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