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PR No. 82 WE NEED AN INTEGRATED FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WHICH IS ECONOMICALLY VIABLE, SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE :MALIK AMIN ASLAM KHAN Islamabad: October 10, 2018

Federal Minister /Advisor to PM on climate change Malik Amin Aslam Khan has said that We need an integrated flood risk management system which is economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable. He stated this while chairing a high level meeting on development of a long-term project on "Integrated flood plain management" along river Indus for diverting and storing flood water through ecological infrastructure, here at Islamabad today (Wednesday) Federal secretary Climate Shahrukh Nusrat, Addl secretary khurram Ali Agha IG Forests, representatives from Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Planning, EAD, Ministry of finance and WWF were also present in the meeting. IG Forests Syed Mehmood Nasir, briefed the chair about recommendations of the Ramsar Mission to Pakistan. Minister said that Pakistan is not water scarce Country. But unfortunately due to lack of infrastructure and mismanagement we waste huge quantity of water every year. Pakistan is blessed with wetlands, where we can store flood waters and use it to cater our water related needs. Representatives from WWF apprised the Minister on Recharge Pakistan integrated Flood risk management project through a detailed presentation. They informed the Minister that they have already shared their concept paper with ADB, World Bank, and other international experts to get their feed back as pre feasibility assessment. Malik Amin Aslam Khan said that the main idea of the project seems fine but we have to conduct it's detailed feasibility study by keeping in view environmental evaluation and cost benefit analysis of the proposed water storage sites. Minister further said that people residing in Capital are also facing water scarcity issues .Therefore, we intend to launch a pilot project of water storage in Islamabad Capital Territory which would be the first project in our "Recharge Pakistan drive" and will further take it to the National level. *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

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